Archive for the ‘Stéphane Robidas’ Category

We are running out of players

December 12, 2008

Add another to the injured list.  Due to the puck he took to the face last game, Stephane Robidas is now out at least a week with a broken jaw.  Oh. My. God.   Why do I have a feeling they’ve had to literally tie him down so he won’t play?  Because Robi is the type that I think would try to play even if he was missing an arm or leg.  “Stitch it up, I’m going back!”

The Stars had already called up Jancevski due to Zubov being injured, but Fistric is still out from his knee surgery. 

I don’t know what the Stars did to anger the Hockey Gods so, but they need to have a apology ceremony or something.  Tonight is going to be……well it’s going to be painful.

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Liveblog: Stars vs. Oilers 11/30/08

November 30, 2008

Why not, I have nothing else to do today.  Might as well share the pain with all the other Stars fan out there.  Liveblog will commense at 4:30, when the pregame starts.

First off, here is some good: 3 Stars players are currently on a point streak

  • Loui Eriksson is on a 4-game point streak, earning 3 goals and 3 assists for 6 points
  • James Neal is on a 2-game point streak with 3 goals
  • Brad Richards is on a 3-game point streak with 1 goal and 3 assists for 4 points

Yes, that is the only positive I can find right now.  See y’all when we play Edmonton.

PRE-GAME

They mention that Sergei Zubov won’t be playing tonight, out with an undisclosed injury.  Fantastic.  He took that weird hit on the boards last game.  He didn’t practice yesterday.  They mention the trade, and Ludy says his stats tell him he’s somewhat of an offensive minded defenseman and is being brought in to possibly help the offense.  Ugh.  Just what we need.  Razor says the Stars need offense, but they don’t.  They need DECENT DEFENSE!  This is our main failure this season.  Get with the program people.

Crazy hair Ric Renner is holding a mask of Razor on himself.  Wow.  I forgot it’s Ralph and Razor night at the AAC night tonight.  At least Ric Rinner understands it’s about defense.  Why is it he’s the only one who seems to be on my side?  The Stars players seem confident that they can work to get themselves into the playoffs.  Good luck guys, seriously.

Mike Modano has been moved to the wing tonight with Brad Richards at center and Loui Eriksson as the other winger.  Modano seems excited, so hopefully this is a good sign.  He seems a little too happy…..I’m scared.

And now they go to Crazy hair who is with Tippett, and Crazy Hair managed to get him to laugh.  Holy shit.  He talks about how Marty needs to play like a top player.  Which is so true.  Crazy hair mentions that when both he and Tippett wear blue they are undefeated.  Oi.  Don’t say shit like that.

And here we go…..ugh.

1ST PERIOD

20:00: Richards, Modano and Eriksson make up the opening line and Oilers start with the faceoff win.

19:30: They have Robi back with Grossman I notice as Grossman lets the puck go through his legs.

19:00: Second line is out now, Ribeiro with Avery and Neal.  Sydor and Daley on the blueline.

17:50: Janik is out with Niskanen.  Petersen, Conner and Parrish is the third line tonight.

17:10: 4th line is out. Barchie and Wilson with Ribeiro, since we really only have 3 centers tonight with Mo on the wing.  Brunnstrom hasn’t been out yet…so I wonder where they plan on putting him since he’s on the list to play tonight.

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Lady luck helps get Stars 7th win of the season

November 27, 2008

First off, Happy Thanksgiving to those in America!  What a great way to start the holidays, with a 4-3 win against the Wild.  We owe a lot of thanks to Lady Luck, who helped the Stars get their first win in a while.  Going into last night’s game, the Starss were 0 for 12 on the power play over their last 2 games, and would be going up against the leagues #1 penalty kill.  It was going to be a tough one, but the Stars always managed to play well against the Wild.

The start of the first period was a lot of back and forth between the Stars and the Wild, both teams fighting for puck posession and being the first team to force momentum in their own direction.  James Neal got the scoring started with his first road goal of his career just under 9 minutes into the first period.  Then, just a minute later Belanger of the Wild tied it up with a wrister from Marty’s left.  Landon Wilson took a penalty jut over 11 minutes into the game, and with just 20 seconds the Wild got a 2-1 lead.  Miettinen passed the puck across to Koivu, Marty braces to stop a shot from Koivu and seeing this Koivu passes to Nolan who gets the puck into a practically empty net.

The Wild went into the second period with the same momentum, making it 3-1 when Brunette gets his 7th of the season almost immediately off the draw.  Lady luck then stepped in just over 6 minutes into the second.  Koivu shot the puck towards the net and everyone thought it had gone in; the goal horn sounded and the ref is crazily pointing.  They go to review, only to find the puck bounced between the posts and out and never crossed the line.  Talk about something the Stars needed. The Stars used that call to try to force momentum in their directions, working hard to win puck battles and actually playing as a team while in front of Turco.  It finally paid off, with just a little over 2 minutes left Neal gets a breakaway and gets one past Backstrom while flying over him to put the Stars just one goal behind.

Going into the third, Lady Luck made a second appearance.  Just under 4 minutes in, Marty stumbled while getting his balance after making some saves and used the net to set himself right, unknowingly knocking it off.  He comes out to stop a shot, and Koivu shoots the puck into what appears to be an empty net, only to have his second no goal of the night called.  Could he be getting Morrow syndrome?  Who knows.  Then 8 minutes in, Brad Richards gets one in the net to tie it at 3.  Then, with exactly 7 minutes remaining, Loui Eriksson deflects a shot from Stephane Robidas past Backstrom to give the Stars their second lead of the game.  We hung together and played like we actually trusted each other again, and was able to finally get another win.

The three Stars of the game were

  1. James Neal
  2. Eric Belanger
  3. Brent Burns

I have to wonder why Loui Eriksson was not on this list, he did have a goal and 2 assists.

What exactly is going on with the NHL All-Star voting?

November 19, 2008

If the trend continues, it looks like the starting line up is just going to be the Red Wings vs. the Canadiens, with a Flame and Canuck thrown in for good measure.  Is something wrong with this picture?  It sure seems so.

It was highly publicized that the NHL was looking into Canadiens fans using an auto-voting program to vote for their team to be in the All-Star game.  I get that, it’s the 100 year anniversary and is being held in Montreal.  The NHL vowed to go through and delete any votes that did not appear to have been cast by an actual person.  But why does it seem the Stars took most of the hurt from this happening.

James Mirtle at From The Rink posted the tallies after the first day of voting, and here were the Stars numbers:

Brenden Morrow: 24,455
Mike Ribeiro: 24,074
Marty Turco: 19,296
Stephane Robidas: 18,855
Mike Modano: 14,543
Sergei Zubov: 9,061

Here are the tallies as of 7:30 this evening:

November 19, 2008

November 19, 2008

Anything wrong with this picture?

Liveblog: Stars @ Sharks 11/08/08

November 8, 2008

Hey what is this?  A liveblog?  I figured why not!  Since a lot of people might not get to see the first part of the game.

Check back here at game time!

PREGAME

They’ve got Bob Sturm in studio with Ric Renner, Mr. Hair with Mr. No Hair.  They talk about stringing 2 wins in a row, and how the Ducks and Sharks are the two teams we knocked out of the playoffs last season. (Wow really?  I had no idea.)

Now talking of Russian, that will not make him happy.   They mention that against the Sharks, Marty is 20-7-1-4, so things are looking up.    The ford Trivia question is  “Who has the most career assists against the San Jose Sharks?” with Lidstrom, Modano, Sakic and Selanne being your choices.  We’ll see who the answer is.  And now they’re running the segment on Richards that I have now seen about 50 times.

Razor is interviewing Mark Parrish.  He seems like a nice man!  I like him, especially after last night.  And Joe Sakic wins the battle with 47 assists against the Sharks.  Time for Sturm’s last night (talking about how Marty Turco needs to be a brick wall) and LET’S GET THIS SHIT STARTED!!

1st Period

Ralphie’s tie doesn’t really match his suit, and it bothers me.  In other news (not mentioned on the broadcast), Lehtinen is still a no-go for tonight, Richards is in.

20:00: First up is Otter-Richards-Eriksson.  And my feed looks a little green?  I guess for Stars morale?  Thought it seems to be straightening out.

19:00: Modano out with Parrish and Avery.  Unlike the first line, the Mo line actually got it to the Sharks end.  This is where we need to be guys.  Harder for them to score 5 from that side.

19:33: Ribeiro is out with Morrow and Fabi again. And are doing much better than the first 2 lines, as they should be.  Being that they ARE the ‘top line’.

17:31: and Marleau is leaving after being hit with a puck I believe from another Sharks player.  That sucks for you.  Especially with no Cheechoo.

And I just read on Heika that the Sharks fans boo when the word “star” is said in the national anthem. And people say we’re disrespectful?  First booing the O Canada, now this?

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Happy Halloween!

October 30, 2008

[edit: adding this because i just saw it on the NHL network and it’s awesome]

So, with it being Halloween and all I figured I’d use my psychic powers to predict what the Stars players would be for halloween, so I introduce to you

THE 2008 DALLAS STARS HALLOWEEN COSTUMES

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Stars give Wild first loss of the season

October 30, 2008

I’m sure we were the last team Minnesota expected to lose to.  The Wild remained the one team yet to lose in regulation, and were 100% on the penalty kill.  On the other side, we were off to a God awful start, our little rookie Stephan was getting his 2nd NHL career start.  Surely this would be an easy win for the Wild?  They thought wrong.

The Stars got their presence and plan to win out there early, with Brenden Morrow getting a goal from Ribeiro and Eriksson just 13 seconds into the game.  Bergeron the Wild countered exactly 6 minutes later with a power play goal from Belanger and Johnsson.  But the Stars weren’t done, getting 2 more goals before the first period ended.  Steve Ott getting the first from Richards and Avery and Richards cashing in himself from Fistric and Barch. 

After getting the lead, the Stars went back to what they were known for, good defense.  They showed it in the first period as well, but worked to protect their lead and limit the Wild’s scoring chances.  Then 12 minutes into the second period, the Stars upped their lead to 3 and rid Minnesota of their perfect penalty kill thanks to Niskanen’s goal from Avery.  After Niskanen’s goal, the Wild didn’t help themselves by taking an abuse of the officials minor, I guess they weren’t happy with their perfect PK gone.   The second period wasn’t all good, Mark Fistric took a puck to the chest and had to leave the game.  I, personally, freaked out.  I do not take well to any of the Stars players getting injured.  Luckily, he returned to finish the game in the third period.

The Stars continued to build on what they had accomplished in the game.  However, after Modano took a 2 minute minor for tripping, the Wild managed to get a second goal past Stephan on the power play; a goal from Brunette (that deflected off one of our defensemen) with Johnsson and Miettinen getting the assists.  That would the end of the scoring for tonight.  The Wild gave it a good shot, but the Stars weren’t having it.  They used their bodies to protect the net and to help our rookie get his first NHL career win.  Brenden especially, taking a puck to face and also scaring the crap out of me.  Stephan made some fantastic saves. 

While I was excited to see Miettinen return to Dallas, a bit into the game we changed our minds.  Mittens had some real Finn on Swede hate going on, hitting Grossman, then Eriksson a little too much for my liking.  Though with Eriksson, it might’ve been part Swede hate part “YOU WILL NEVER BE THE WRAPPER!” (Seeing that the Peanut Butter Cup line of Morrow-Ribeiro-Miettinen last season had Miettinen as the wrapper.)  Either way, not cool Mittens.

The other negative of the game was the annoying shit sitting next to us who felt the need to boo Robidas.  Also, not cool.  What is cool?  Seeing that the Hooter’s ad in my program was signed by Ribbons.  What could be more amusing?

The three Stars of the game were

  1. Brad Richards
  2. Tobias Stephan
  3. Steve Ott

Ribeiro leads Stars to 5-2 win over Islanders

October 24, 2008
Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images
Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images
After coming off an extremely embarrassing 5-0 loss against the Devils Wednesday, the Stars knew something had to change.   The team rallied together, lead by Mike Ribeiro, to get a well deserved win over the New York Islanders.  Ribeiro had a career night in more ways than one, his assist on Loui Eriksson’s first 1st period goal was his 300th NHL point.  Points 301, 302, 303 and 304 followed.  It was also a career high for points in a game. 
Loui Eriksson got the scoring started 3:30 into the first with a power play goal from Mike Ribeiro.  Then 11 minutes later, Brenden Morrow netted one, Ribeiro getting the primary assist and  Robidas getting the second.  Loui Eriksson bookended Morrow by getting a goal with a little over a minute and a half left to play in the first period, Ribeiro getting the assist on that goal as well. 
But last night wasn’t all about our team getting their scoring back.  A little over a minute and a half into the second, Robidas had an unfortunate bump into a Islander and as the entire team went after Robidas, Avery came in to his defense.  Both Robidas and Avery took 2 minute penalties, which put the Islanders on a full 2-minute 5-on-3 power play.  This was going to be the big test to see if our team had finally picked up where they had left off last season, and they passed it with flying colors.  During the penalty kill, Boucher took another penalty, which didn’t start until Robi and Avery’s 2 minutes were up, so that put the Islanders on a full 4 minute power play.  The Stars held them off, quite well I might add.  The team blocked a lot of shots, and the ones that got through, Marty Turco was there to stop them.  Ex-Star Bill Guerin finally got the Islanders are on the board a little over 10 minutes into the period with a goal from Bergenheim and Streit.  While Eriksson was getting his skate repaired, Barch stepped into his spot on the Morrow-Ribeiro line, and got the Stars up 4-1, with Morrow and Ribeiro getting the assists.  And just 5 minutes later, while on the power play, Ribeiro finally got his first goal of the season and his 5th point of the night with a goal from Modano and Morrow. 
Despite their greatest efforts, in the third period Streit and Sim scored to give the Islanders 2 more goals.  The Sim goal was especially painful, coming with only 3 seconds left in the game.  Overall, it was a well played game.  Our top line WAS our top line, everyone sacrificed their bodies to make plays.  That is Stars hockey and dear God please let it be here to stay.
Three Stars of the game
  1. Mike Ribeiro (1 goal, 5 points)
  2. Loui Eriksson (2 goals)
  3. Brenden Morrow (1 goal, 3 points)

Liveblog: Stars vs. Blues 10/16/08

October 16, 2008

Hello everyone.  I am here for the first Shootout liveblog of the 08-09 season.  As I said in a previous post, the Stars are in St. Louis tonight, coming off a much needed and deserved win against the Nashville Predators last night.  Let’s get this shit started.

PREGAME
They are doing a story on Stu being an assistant coach, I’m pretty sure I saw this on Stars Insider, but that’s okay.  I do not mind watching it again.  (Dear lord please don’t let my laptop die before I find somewhere to plug this thing in in the living room.)  This is my first liveblog on this laptop, so I am enjoying being able to lounge on the couch while blogging.  I guess I kinda got off subject, didn’t I?  Stuie looks so proud of his Traverse City plaque, which the Stars won.  Because they’re awesome.  Aw they are going to talk bout Boo-Boo!! Yay Boo-Boo.  They are previewing the goalies, Marty and Legace.  I love Legace, well, not tonight.  But otherwise I like him.  He was so awesome last year in the All-Star game, all five-foot-nothing of him.   HELLO RALPHIEE!!  I do wish they’d fix this IFB stuff, because the delay is a tad annoying.  AW LUDY JUST CALLED HIM BOO-BOO!  I love it.  Why they have to mention Russian being out, because that is not something I want to be reminded of.  Injury update….oh boy.  Jere Lehtinen (groin) and Steve Ott (undisclosed) did not make the trip, uh oh.   Ludy is a big fan of the injury policy, in that other teams don’t automatically know what injured certain players, I agree with you Ludy.  Because I know personally that if Brenden had injured a foot, I wouldn’t want everyone going after that certain foot as soon as he’s back in the line up.   At least I have a cat to entertain me during breaks.

1ST PERIOD

20:00: I will use this time to say that…no one wins the tie battle.  They are both equally awful.  Let’s get this game goin guys!  Opening line is Neal, Modano and Crombeen.   D-men are Grossman and Robi.

19:00: Next on the ice is Eriksson, Morrow and Ribeiro.

18:48: Neal takes an interference penalty.  Whatevs.  He is too young to interfere with anyone!  Blues have the number 1 PP so far.  Wow, after a whole week.  You must be proud.

18:28: Boucher lost his stick! OH NO!  Got it back but now only has one glove!  DO NOT HURT HIS HAND!

17:50: I have a weird love for Kariya, I don’t know why. BUT I HATE PLAYING HIM.  GET THE PUCK AWAY FROM HIM NOWWWW.

16:48: Penalty Killing is getting back on track…

16:20: Some Blues player got really close to getting a goal, but it went behind Turco and past the net.  Thank goodness.

16:00: BRUNNSTROM IS ON THE ICE YAYYYYY

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Welcome to Dallas, Swedish dude

October 15, 2008
Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images

Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images

I am taking a page from Tim MacMahon (who I love.  YES I AM CONFESSING MY LOVE FOR YOU!) by calling him the Swedish dude.  For those of you who are asking “huh?” I am talking about Mr. Fabian Brunnstrom.

Boy oh boy DO I LOVE THIS KID!  Not only did he become the second Stars rookie this season to score his first NHL goal in his debut game, but became the 3rd player in HISTORY to get a HAT TRICK, yes a FUCKING HAT TRICK, in his first game!  It hasn’t been done in 29 years, not even by the second coming of Gretzky, Sidney Crosby.  Hell, not even Gretzky did it.  Now, I’m not saying he is going to be as amazing as Gretzky was with the scoring, but still.  It’s fun to say.  (Gretzky’s face after their loss tonight was also classic.  As was the player faceplanting himself on the ice after the Blackhawks scored.)

Before I go off on how much I love him, I could talk about the rest of the team.  They finally looked like a team.  They passed better, communicated better and just played better in general.  Tonight was the first time they started to pick up from where they left off last season.  Loui Eriksson almost got the scoring started, but Brenden Morrow was being called for goalie interference.  Sigh, the refs were set on penalizing him like crazy.  Stephane Robidas got the scoring started in the first with a power play goal with help from the Mike’s, Modano and Ribiero.

The second period was high scoring, 6 goals in all.  Mike Modano put the Stars up 2-0 with help from his linemates for the night Crombeen and Petersen.  Nashville tied it up in the next 10 minutes, with goals from Radek Bonk (assists from Erat and Peverley) and Patric Hornqvist (assists from Weber and Suter).  The Stars managed 2 more goals, both coming from Fabian Brunnstrom.  The first assisted by Petersen and Boucher and the second from Richards and Avery, who were his linemates of the night.  His first two career goals bookended a goal from Ryan Jones.

Just under 11 minutes into the third, the Preds tied it up, again.  And just over 6 minutes later, the magic happened.  From a gorgeous feed from Richards behind the net, that Swedish dude nets his first career hat trick on just his 3rd NHL goal.  He almost got a 4th goal, but the play had been waved dead just before the puck entered the net due to a Preds player getting injured.  Mike Modano stuck the nail in the Preds coffin by getting an empty-netter with 4 seconds left.  I am going to have to kiss the person who got me the free tickets tonight, because what a fantastic game to attend.  The team really seemed to be energetic, I guess getting off to a 0-1-1 start was all the motivation they needed to get their act together.  Mike Modano was more physical tonight than I’ve seen him in a while, and it was awesome to see.  Oh goodness.

Now, on to gush about the boy that is Fabian.  First to quote Tippett about this fantastic boy.

“The process is going well. He played a solid game,” Stars coach Dave Tippett said. “The goals are easy to see, but I was very impressed with the way that he played a pretty simple, error-free game, did what he was supposed to do and he capitalized on some chances. It’s a great start for him. Again, it’s not just the goals, it’s the other things that he’s doing out there that make you feel good about where he’s come from. He’s a good player and he’s going to continue to improve.”

He played a great, great game.  Especially for a rookie.  He was interviewed after the game, and had this to say:

“I scored 3 goals and that was fun, but more important was that we won the game and now we have our first win.  It was a lot of fun tonight.”  “…I just try to go out, work hard and enjoy the game.  I’m really glad to be a part of the NHL.  I’m having fun right now.”   “…Dallas, I love everything about it and the organization.  They have been so great to me.”

And with that first quote, he became Sergei “I like winning” Zubov’s favorite teammate.  I love.  This kid.  So much.  NHL on the Fly included all 3 of his goals in their Ice Pix; his first goal was number 5, his second number 3 and his hat trick was number 1.  Fantastic.  Bloody fantastic.  Yes, I said bloody.  Speaking of, I must mention that I approved of at least one thing Avery did tonight during the game.  Someone from the Preds had hit Brunnstrom and knocked his helmet off, so Avery went after him.  Good boy Avery, that is one way to get into my good graces.

Three Stars of the night

  1. Fabian Brunnstrom
  2. Mike Modano
  3. Martin Erat