Archive for the ‘Pre-Season’ Category

A division rival, finally

November 7, 2008

The Stars are the last team in the league to face a team in their division.  Tonight, the Stars will be taking on the Anaheim Ducks. 

Last season, the Stars went 5-2-1 against them in the regular season, then beat them in 6 to knock them out of the first round of the playoffs.  Will they be lookig for revenge?  I can’t say, but I know I sure as hell would be.  Sergei Zubov will be making his return tonight.  I don’t know if he alone can fix all the problems that have been going on with the Stars, but it’s definitely a step in the right direction.  This is going to be a tough game, the Ducks have gone 8-0-1 in their last 9 games. 

Here’s hoping the Stars, along with Sergei Zubov and newbie Parrish, can start to turn this around.

Stars finish the pre-season 1-5-1

October 5, 2008

Yes.  Stars lost to the Edmonton Oilers tonight, 3-2.  The Stars put up a good fight, definitely played better than they had been.  There is still a lot of stuff to work on though.  BJ Crombeen got the first Stars goal, from Barch and Boucher.  Robidas tied the game 2-2 on the power play with help from Eriksson and Modano.  Tonight was Doug Janik’s first time in a Stars uniform, and from what I saw of him tonight, he was a good guy to get.  He played really really well.  It was also really great to see Boucher back on the ice

It was not fun to watch, though.  Lots of stuff to work on between now and Friday.  I added 2 people to the 2008-2009 Shitlist, so that is fun.

We had kick ass seats though, Cat and Ajay got vouchers for taking canned food to the game on September 25th, and when we asked for 4 tickets together we ended up with Section 122 row F.  Woot.

Shoulda coulda woulda…

October 3, 2008

Ouch.  That one last night hurt.  Despite ample power play opportunities, the Stars managed to miss out on another point in the win column.  I know, it’s only pre-season, but I’m not the only one concerned.  You know Tippett is mad when he starts calling out specific players, such as Mark Fistric.

The penalties last night were insane, the total count being 146 minutes overall, and Chicago having 89 of those.  Yet, the Stars were only able to convert on the power play twice; Brad Richards unassisted and newcomer Fabian Brunnstrom with Richards and Robidas getting the assists.  They also allowed Chicago to score short-handed.

Something isn’t right, and it needs to be fixed.  Fast.  One game left before the games matter, and I have a feeling the players aren’t going to get any type of rest between now and then if they don’t start showing some improvement Sunday against the Oilers.  Something needs to happen.  Now.

The score was 3-3 at the end of the regular play, with James Neal netting the 3rd Stars goal from Avery and Petersen.  The Stars somehow managed to hold them off in overtime and it went to a shootout.

  1. James Neal shot first, tried a Jokinen but missed the net
  2. Dave Bolland went first for Chicago but went wide
  3. Chris Conner got it to the net, but Niemi was there to stop it
  4. Andrew Ladd got it past Marty to put the Hawks up 1-0
  5. Sean Avery, yes, they left it up to Sean Avery, shot but Niemi saved

and Blackhawks won 4-3.

Three Stars were

  1. Brad Richards
  2. Antti Niemi
  3. James Neal

In non-Stars news, well I guess ex-Stars news, Jason Arnott’s home caught fire last night.  Well, his outdoor cooking area.  Caused about $100K worth of damage but no one was hurt, thank goodness.

A few goings-on

October 2, 2008

Alrighty, so the Stars have picked up a defensement off waivers, Doug Janik from the Chicago Blackhawks.  Which means, counting Zubov, we have 8 defensemen.  Now I am quite paranoid Fishsticks will be sent to the minors.  Eeek :(

Speaking of the ‘Hawks, they are in town tonight.  And believe it or not, you can hear Ralph and Razor tonight on WBAP calling the game, the only pre-season game aired on BAP this season.   Heika is reporting that Turco is expected to be in goal, but no word yet on if Boucher will play or not.  Brenden Morrow and Nicklas Grossman are also question marks due to hip problems.  Oh Morrownator you best be okay.

I hate losing.

October 2, 2008

I know, it’s only the preseason.  But whatever.  I hate losing.

Stars lost 4-3 to the Avs.

Whatever.

Stop losing.

If the house is rockin….

September 29, 2008

Oh was it good to hear that song again.  I attended my first game this season Saturday against the Blues.  I wore my Conner jersey, thinking I would get it in now, just in case they send him away after pre-season, only to find Midget was not playing.  Boo.  Brunnstrom wasn’t playing either, I was hoping to get to see him in action.  The good news?  Princess Avery was also no where to be seen.  *small cheer*

Anyway, THE STARS WONNNNNN.  Yes yes, 4-3!!  (Notice the only pre-season game they’ve won is one I attended?  Just sayin Stars, I would not be against preferential treatment if it guarantees a Stars win.)  The Blues were up by 1 after the first, when Crombeen got a sweet shot and made it 1-1 in the second, with Barch and Grossman getting the assists.  The third period had crazy scoring; the Blues made it 2-1.  Then later, in less than 5 minutes the Stars managed 3 goals!  First Otter from Fistric and the rookie Stafford.  Then, James Neal was all alone in the offensive zone, help was on the way, but he just went behind the net then BOOM, in the puck goes!  That is a good kid that Neal, I hope he earns a spot on the team.  Brenden Morrow then got the last goal, the game winner, from Robidas and Grossman.  The Blues came back to make the score 4-3, but the damage had been done.  Stars win, and Morrow was the first star, followed by Neal.

One shocking stat from Saturday’s game was that Brad Richards led with 7 shots on goal.  I am absolutely astounded, because he seemed reluctant to shoot the puck at all.  He’d hold onto it and give everyone time to get between him and the net before shooting it, and usually was stopped by a Blues defenseman.  I do hope he plays better in the regular season.  I love you B-Rad, but I hope we’re not paying you almost $8 million a year to do that…

Stars played tonight (well, I guess technically last night since it’s 3am) in Chicago and lost, 4-3.  Crombeen and Conner both got 2 assists.  Goals were scored by Niskanen, Lundqvist and Eriksson.  I don’t feel like elaborating, since I did not see the game and we lost.  I hate losing, as I’ve mentioned many times.

I also have the first person to add to the shitlist this season, but sadly do not have photoshop yet.  So the Shitlist will return as soon as I am able to photoshop stuffs.

So the Stars are now 0-2 in the pre-season

September 25, 2008

Thank goodness it’s only pre-season!!  (BTW I has laptop so I finally has internets at home yay!)

Anyway, the final score was 4-2 Avs.  With Marty Turco in goal.  I will just look at these games as a warm up for the regular season, even though I really really really REALLY hate to lose.

Tipp had a Morrow-Ribeiro-Brunnstrom line tonight, and that’s who scored Dallas’ 2 goals; with Ribeiro getting the first and Morrow the second.

Penalties weren’t as crazy tonight as they were the first game, 13 in total, which is less than Krys Barch got in the 1st period Tuesday.

Did I mention I hate to lose?

We lost, but I really wish I’d seen this game.

September 24, 2008

Stars lost 3-2 in their opening pre-season game against the Blues last night.  Darn no local channels and the NHL Network not airing this game, because judging by the penalties, it seems like it would’ve been an exciting game to watch!

Krys Barch lead everyone in penalty minutes with 24, yes TWENTY-FOUR, 17 in the first period alone!  He receieved 2 fighting majors, a instigator minor, a tripping minor and a 10-minute misconduct.  Sean Avery was not far behind, getting 18 minutes himself; 2 hi-sticking minors, an interference minor, a roughing minor and a 10-minute misconduct.

Avery wasn’t all bad, he did manage to score the Stars second goal of the night, with assists from Steve Ott and Brad Richards.  Loui Eriksson got the first goal, assisted by Joel Lundqvist and Matt Niskanen.

Thursday night’s game is HOME against the Avs, and don’t forget if you go to take canned food for Hurricane Ike victims, you’ll get free tickets to another pre-season game!

Some quick updates

September 23, 2008

Luckily, I will only be without a computer 2 more days.  Woohoo.  So here is a bit of what is going on.

Each day, a different Star will be blogging about training camp, you can view them all here.

On Thursday, the Stars will be holding a food drive for the Colorado Avalanche preseason game.  All fans that bring canned food items will recieve free pre-season tickets for ANY pre-season home game.  The food is for victims of Hurricane Ike.

The Stars will also be having an open house Saturday, between 10am and 2pm.  The Stars will be practicing from 10 til noon, then until 2 there will be an open skate on the AAC ice!  And again, free pre-season tickets to all who attend.

Stars take on the St. Louis Blues tonight in St Louis, first pre-season game!

Good job, baby Stars!!!

September 18, 2008

The tournament in Traverse City is over.  And the Stars came out on top, winning in the final over Atlanta 8-3.  James Neal had the most points out of anyone in the entire tournament, with 4 goals and 9 points.

Yes, the Stars owned everyone.  Great start for this season!