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Liveblog: Stars vs. Canucks 03/24/09, Happy edition

March 24, 2009

So, I am going to liveblog the game, but only mention the positives so it’ll be a tad different.

Might be the shortest liveblog ever.

Pregame
They start with a mention of Tippett and him being safe.  As Rhadigan said “as he should be” should be included in any mention of that.  Period.

Razor is interviewing Robi, one of the few players who leaves everything he has on the ice.  Robi speaks of his infinite wisdom.  Listen grasshoppers.

Postive #1: Robi’s nose is still in tact.

1st period
Positive #2:
Luongo took a stupid pill and played the puck in the corner at 19:19.  Penalty on Vancouver

Positive #3: Begin has returned to the lineup

Postive #4: Brendan Morrison makes it 1-0 Stars, with assists from Fistric and Begin.

Positive #5: That was Morrison’s 500th NHL point, against his old team.  Good job Sonny.

Positive #6: Swede-tastic line of Lundy, Brunnstrom and Wandell.

Positive #7: Fishsticks pushes and holds Burrows on the boards(10:33).  I still hate Burrows from the 07 Playoffs.

Positive #8: Otter is getting Burrows, which pleases me greatly.  (8:02)

Positive #9: Otter half stripping in the penalty box.

Positive #10: Begin returns to the game.  Woo.

Positive #11: Somehow, the Stars managed to outshoot the Canucks 14-7

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Otter gets one-game suspension

March 2, 2009

And he served that one game in the loss to the Penguins yesterday.

As for a quick recap, the last few games have blown.  And that sucks.  A lot.  To the point that I don’t even want to watch the games.  The Stars travel to California today for games against the Sharks, Kings and Ducks.

I myself travel to California Wednesday, and will be in attendence at the Stars-Kings game Thursday at the Staples Center.  Cross your fingers it’s a good outcome.  Please.

Liveblog: Stars vs. Sharks 02/23/09

February 23, 2009

So it’s no secret, my updates have definitely not been up to par lately.  I blame this on one thing; one word with 10 letters.  Addiction.  Yes, my friends I have developed a very unhealthy addiction to something called the Wii.  I have decided that the system is extremely evil (butomgiloveitsomuch), especially when playing a game that involves Yoshi.

So, here is a liveblog to force me to update as the Sharks visit Dallas.  The NHL is on Versus and The Shootout.

Before the game even starts, we get bad news the Mo is a late scratch with the flu.  This does not bode well for a team already missing 3 big names.

1st period
20:00:
Stars start with Parrish, Sutherby and Neal. That seems..interesting.

19:06: At least one line is still in tact, Ribbons with Lehts and Otter.

17:40: Oh Roenacker.  I forgot about you.

16:28: *clap clap* *clap clap* I miss games at the AAC.

16:00: Do my eyes deceive me?  Did I just see Nisky check someone?  I’m in shock.  And in need of more Red Bull.

15:00: Eriksson is out with Brunnstrom and Petersen in the middle.  That could be a promising line!  Toby’s been playing pretty well lately.

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Stars go 1-1 in last 2 games

February 13, 2009

Sunday evening, the Preds were in town and left a little deflated.   They had been on a 4 game winning streak, only to be beaten 4-1 by the Stars.

 The Preds were definitely no match for the Stars that night. Our first goal was our second short-handed goal of the season from Brian Sutherby after Mike Modano took a 4 minute double minor for hi-sticking (and causing injury to) Sullivan.   Mark Parrish, Brad Richards and Steve Ott scored the other 3 goals that night.  Jason Arnott got the lone goal for Nashville.

Then Wednesday, Gretzky and his Coyotes were in town.  The last meeting between these two teams, both goalies got a shut out but Phoenix came out as the winner.  It was the same score Wednesday, with the Stars coming up on the 0 column and it ending in regulation this time.  It was a hard fought game between both sides.  The Stars were getting plenty of chances, but just weren’t able to get anything past Ilya Bryzgalov who was obviously sick of losing.  The team had been 0-6 since the All-Star break and were playing like a team ready for a win.  Enver Lisin ended up with the lone goal of the night.

Now, onto something a little more amusing, this is one reason I love our beat writers; dedicating an entire post to whether or not Tipp should grow his stache back.   Being that I’m a superstitious hockey fan, I vote no considering how well we did in the playoffs last year. 

He sure looks classy doesnt he?

He sure looks classy doesn't he?

Holy cow, 10-2?

February 8, 2009

First off, I’ll get the bad news that Conner was sent back to the AHL, to open cap space for Avery to return to the roster.  Of course, he won’t be playing and hopefully they can find a team so he can play again.

Now, onto the game.  Holy cow.  King Henrik had the flu, so the Rangers started their back up goalie Stephen Valiquette.  That poor guy, I feel kinda bad for him.  The Rangers started off the scoring, then the Stars attacked, especially in the third period.  Here is the laydown of all the scoring.

1st period
03:35: Nikolai Zherdev (Chris Drury &  Brandon Dubinsky)
04:10: Brian Sutherby (unassisted)
14:24: PPG Mike Ribeiro (Steve Ott & Jere Lehtinen)
18:58: Brad Richards (Matt Niskanen)

2nd period
03:05: PPG Nikolai Zherdev (Michal Rozsival & Chris Drury)
18:15: Mike Ribeiro (Steve Ott)

3rd period
04:15: Jere Lehtinen (Mike Ribeiro)
10:46: Fabian Brunnstrom (Mike Modano & Andrew Hutchinson)
11:25: PPG Steve Ott (Jere Lehtinen & Mike Ribeiro)
11:56: Darryl Sydor (Mike Modano & Fabian Brunnstrom)
15:59: PPG James Neal (Darryl Sydor & Matt Niskanen)
17:06: James Neal (Fabian Brunnstrom & Matt Niskanen)

Insane. That is the only way I can think to describe this game. We’ll see how this afternoon against the Preds go!


4 in a row?

February 3, 2009

Who would’ve thought it’d finally happen!  With the pounding Columbus recieved in the Stars 7-3 victory.  In that game, Brian Sutherby and Andrew Hutchinson got their first goals as Stars!  Way to go guys!

As it stands now,the Stars are now 6th in the Conference.  WE ARE IN A PLAYOFF SPOT Y’ALL!!!

This streak has been because our best players have been our best players.  In the last 4 games, all but 4 Stars have registered a point and 7 players have at least 4 points in the last 4 games.  Ribeiro and Ott lead with 3 goals and 3 assists each!  Marty Turco has also been playing amazing; having a 1.25 GAA and .948 SV% in these last four games.

It seems luck is finally changing for these Stars, and it couldn’t have come at a better time.  Maybe we’ll actually win on my birthday this year?

Stars go 3-1 against the Wings this season

January 30, 2009

HOLY COW!  That is pretty much all I can say.  I honestly can’t remember the last time the Stars did that.

They came out early with the fight to win, going up 4-0 by 2 minutes into the second period.  Otter got the scoring started just over 10 minutes in on a power play when he tipped in a shot from Brad Richards at the point.  Then, just a little over a minute later, Jere Lehtinen got the Stars second power play goal of the night!!!  Chris Conner got into the scoring with under 2 minutes left, shooting the puck at the net right after Modano on the face off.

After the Stars owned the first period, the Wings made a goalie change from Osgood to Conklin.  But just 2 minutes into the second, Loui Eriksson made it 4-0 with ANOTHER power play goal.  Can you believe that?  The Stars who had suffered all season on special teams managed 3 power play goals against the Red Wings.

Hossa and Lilja managed to get the Wings on the board in the second period, but 4-2 would be the final score between the two teams.

I am just so estatic.  With that win, the Stars are tied with 51 points with 4 other teams, ranging from 7th-11th place in the standings.

We can do this y’all!!

A Shutout and a Win

January 29, 2009

That was more than you could say from Marty’s last shut out in the 1-0 shootout loss against the Coyotes on January 10th.  The Stars took control and held it for 60 minutes last night in their game against the Thrashers.  Not to take away from the Stars accomplishment, but the Thrashers didn’t seem to put up much of a fight, to be honest.  Jere Lehtinen and Steve Ott got the goals to give the Stars a 2-0 win.  A great way to start what they call the second half of the season.  Let’s hope this trend continues.

In other news, yesterday the Stars assigned Fabian Brunnstrom to the Manitoba Moose.  This is, of course, for conditioning since he has been out injured with a high ankle sprain.  Not gonna lie, I’m a tad jealous of those going to the Moose game Thursday, where Brunnstrom will make his debut.  I want to see Fabbity Fab and Fishsticks play again, especially together.  Boo.

Yet another 3-2 game between Stars and Kings

January 19, 2009

Yesterday was the 3rd of 6 meetings between the two teams this season.  The Stars had been 0-2-0 against them this season, both losses being 3-2; one of which being a shootout loss.

Both teams seemed determine to get 2 points out of this game, and for the first two periods, it looked like it was going to be another game like the Coyotes, both goalies getting the shutout.  But less than 7 minutes into the third, the LA Kings got up 1-0.  Then under 5 minutes later, as Lehtinen is racing up the ice, Ribeiro passes him the puck.  Lehtinen splits the D to make it 1-1.

With just over a minute remaining in the game, the Sydor shot the puck from the blue line, where Ribeiro tipped it in to give them a 2-1 lead.  After the goal, Johnson went after Otter, and it ended up being 4-on-4.  The Kings pulled Ersberg to make it 5-on-4 and managed to get one past a scrambling Turco with 17 seconds left in the game.

This one ended up needing to go to a shootout.

  1. Alexander Frolov was up first, which Marty got a hold of
  2. Mike Ribeiro decided not to be fancy and shot it in to the put the Stars up 1-0
  3. Dustin Brown went up the middle, then got his shot off fast only for Marty to make a fantastic glove save
  4. Jere Lehtinen went in and shot only to have Ersberg deflect it high over the net
  5. Jack Johnson had the game on his shoulders, only to have Marty tell him no and get the 3-2 victory.

The Three Stars of the game were

  1. Jere Lehtinen
  2. Dustin Brown
  3. Mike Ribeiro

And each player had a goal and an assist in the game.  Jere Lehtinen is currently on a 3-game point streak, earning 1 goal and 3 assists for 4 points.
It was a very good well fought game for both teams.  They won’t meet again until March at the Staples Center, and yours truely will be there to root on my team!

Stars bookend Christmas with wins

December 29, 2008

That makes for a great holiday season for Stars fans.  The Stars have gone 4-0-1 in their last 5 games, 9 points they so desperately need.

The last game before the holidays, December 23rd against the Maple Leafs, was a beating for the Leafs.  Only 4 Stars players did not register a point in the 8-2 win; Loui Eriksson, Toby Petersen, Brian Sutherby and Darryl Sydor.  Even Marty Turco got into the action by getting an assist on Neal’s 3rd goal.  Yes, Neals third goal, our little rookie got his first hat trick in his career that night.  It was an extremely high scoring game (obviously) so here is the run down.

1st Period

  • James Neal (Trevor Daley, Jere Lehtinen)
  • Steve Ott (Mike Ribeiro, Fabian Brunnstrom)
  • Fabian Brunnstrom (Steve Ott, Stephane Robidas)
  • PPG Brad Richards (Stephane Robidas, Mike Modano)

2nd Period

  • Krystopher Barch (Landon Wilson, Trevor Daley)
  • Mike Ribeiro (Landon Wilson, Matt Niskanen)
  • James Neal (Nicklas Grossman, Jere Lehtinen)
  • Jason Blake (Dominic Moore, Tomas Kaberle)

3rd Period

  • Mikhail Grabovski (Andre Deveaux, Lee Stempniak)
  • PPG James Neal (Andrew Hutchinson, Marty Turco)

The three stars of the game were

  1. James Neal
  2. Stephane Robidas
  3. Trevor Daley

Phew.  Then 2 days after Christmas, the Stars took on division rivals Anaheim Ducks. It was a close game, having to be decided in overtime.  Scoring was as follows

1st Period

  • Chris Kunitz (Ryan Gatzlaf, Chris Pronger)

2nd Period

  • Brad Richards (Toby Petersen)

3rd Period

  • PPG James Neal (Mike Ribeiro, Mike Modano)
  • PPG Brendan Morrison (Andrew Ebbett, Bret Hedican)
  • Brendan Morrison (Bobby Ryan, Steve Montador)
  • Mike Ribeiro (Steve Ott, James Neal)

Overtime

  • Mike Modano (Brad Richards, Mike Ribeiro)

Three stars of the night were

  1. Mike Ribeiro
  2. Brendan Morrison
  3. James Neal

Current Streaks are as follows

  • Mike Modano – 1 goal, 2 assists for 3 points in 2 games
  • James Neal – 4 goals, 1 assist for 5 points in 2 games
  • Steve Ott – 1 goal, 2 assists for 3 points in 2 games
  • Mike Ribeiro – 2 goals, 7 assists for 9 points in 5 games
  • Brad Richards – 4 goals, 6 assists for 10 points in 5 games