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2009 Stanley Cup Playoffs

April 13, 2009

They’re here.  Not that I care all that much being that the Stars aren’t in it, I will post about it anyway. 

Matches are set, and games begin Wednesday.

Eastern Conference
Boston Bruins (1) vs. Montreal Canadiens (8)

Washington Capitals (2) vs. New York Rangers (7)

New Jersey Devils (3) vs. Carolina Hurricanes (6)

Pittsburgh Penguins (4) vs. Philadelphia Flyers (5)

Western Conference
San Jose Sharks (1) vs. Anaheim Ducks (8)
This will definitely be one to watch.

Detroit Red Wings (2) vs. Columbus Blue Jackets (7)
Come on Blue Jackets!

Vancouver Canucks (3) vs. St. Louis Blues (6)

Chicago Blackhawks (4) vs. Calgary Flames (5)

Versus starts their playoff coverage Wednesday, starting with Game 1 between the Pens and the Flyers, then with the Blues in Vancouver.

Game on!

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Halfway through the season…

January 19, 2009

Last season, I did a post showing where everyone was after exactly half a season of play, 41 games.  I did it again this year.  I actually spent about 2 hours getting it all in order last week but kept forgetting to post it.  We’re not a few games past the mid-season point, but whatevs.  Here is what the standings looked like.

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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

Stars get a point in 2-1 overtime loss

November 23, 2008

We got a point, which is still an improvement, especially with Brenden Morrow being out.  And they mentioned that nonstop, everytime moment they could fit it in,  they would.  Just another stab to the gut everytime, as well.  In the pre-game show, they mentioned that the Stars are the first team to have 2 players get a hat trick in their team debut, go us!  Also, Dave Tippett looked very unhappy during his interview.

The stars came out in the first period and seemed to be taking another step in the right direction.  Hiller got his first start against the Stars, since Giguere was pulled 3 of the last 9 starts against the Stars.  Usually, it’s the Ducks that get in penalty trouble, but it was even during the first period.  Avery took a penalty, then got an extra 2 minutes due to his yapper.  And this is what got the Ducks their first goal, the Stars broke down in front of their own net and it was only too easy for Corey Perry to get one past Turco.  And 2 seconds later, Barch and Parros got into it, maybe Barch insulted his mullet and pornstache.  I guess we’ll never know.  Razor found it funny, saying that May must feel like Barch is cheating on him considering they are the usual pair we see fighting when they see each other.  Landon Wilson got his first start with the Stars, and got on the score sheet by taking a penaly for hooking, which the Stars were able to kill.   I noticed during this first period that Brunnstrom is really starting to gel with the team.  He looks a lot more comfortable and confident in his skills at the NHL level.    Avery got into a fight of his own 12 minutes in, when him and Kunitz went.  Avery is looking more like his old self, the guy we signed, minus the stick-in-the-face waving.  Not to be left out, Otter also invited Montador into a fight, and Tippett looked livid on the bench.  A fun side note, the Stars lead the NHL in game misconducts.  At least we’re number 1 in something.   Near the end of the period, the Stars looked like they finally got their shit together, and were going to start the 2nd period with a power play due to Moen taking an elbowing penalty with under a minute left in the first.

The Stars got a 5-on-3 attempt before Moen’s penalty expired, and right before it ended, Eriksson took an interference penalty.  Ribeiro got a nice breakaway during a 4-on-4 but Hiller got there to stop it.  Hiller looked really good against us, I have a feeling we’ll be seeing him in net the next 4 times we play the Ducks.  Avery showed himself to be useful by drawing a penalty on Chris Pronger, that is what I like to see.  10 minutes into the 2nd period, the Stars tied it up with a fantastic goal from Loui Eriksson on a feed from Trevor Daley.  Marty Turco also got an assist on the play.  At one point when the Ducks were on the attack, Marty began scrambling and accidently knocked the net off and the Ducks shoot the puck in.  The NHL made the right call *coughforoncecough* and called No Goal.  At the end of the 2nd period, Chris Pronger takes a second penalty, which means the Stars began the 3rd period on the power play.

38 seconds into the third period, Niedermeyer took a penalty, which gave the Stars a long 5-on-3, but were unable to get anything past Hiller.  The Stars stayed on it.  They looked a lot more trusting, and much more like themselves.  Despite not being able to get a 2nd puck in the Ducks net, they also prevented the Ducks from getting another goal themselves.  This continued into overtime and resulted in the Stars going to another shootout.

  • Brad Richards started, speeding up the middle and getting it past Hiller
  • Corey Perry went wide, and shot it five-hole to tie it up 1-1
  • Sergei Zubov got stopped by Hiller
  • Teemu Selanne, the Finnish Flash, was unable to flash it past Turco to keep it tied
  • Mike Ribeiro tried to go through his legs again, only the puck got a little away from him and Hiller was able to make a save
  • Ryan Getzlaf managed to get it past Turco, to give the Ducks a 2-1 win.

Despite the loss, the Stars played a good game.  But I don’t trust it, I’ve seen this far too much.

The Stars are on the road the next two games, playing Philadelphia tomorrow evening.  They recalled Chris Conner to try to give them more depth with Morrow, Lehtinen and Lundqvist out.

Stars still own the Ducks, 5-2

November 8, 2008

Thank goodness, that is all that immediately comes to mind when replaying last nights game in my head.  I must admit, I expected them to win.  After having almost a full week to work on their game and get their acts together.

Sergei Zubov returned and played in his first game of the season, and Mark Parrish made his Dallas Stars debut.  What a debut, scoring the 2nd Stars hat trick this season.  Marty Turco looked like the Marty Turco we’ve grown the love over the years.  Well, some of us anyway.

I apologize for this recap not being too thorough, I’m quite busy today.

Let’s see if the Stars can string 2 wins together for the first time since February when they take on the Sharks tonight.

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 advance to the Western Conference Semi-Finals

April 21, 2008

Goodness, for the first time since 2003 the Stars have made it past round 1.  I still remember that playoff run very clearly.  

The Stars managed to dethrone the Ducks in 6 games, something most “experts” were saying couldn’t happen and most picked the Ducks to come out on top.  The Stars had a different game plan.  After an awful March, they came back to play as a full team.  Everyone had everyone’s back.  They played together and won together.  And boy did it feel great.

The crowd at the AAC for Game 6 was electric, most expecting the Stars to knock out the Ducks that night.  Boy what I would’ve given to be able to be in that crowd. 

One thing that’s been bothering me is the way a lot of people are talking about this series; that the Stars won because the Ducks weren’t on their game.  The Ducks looked about the same as they did to me during the regular season: beatable.  Give the Stars credit people, they simply outplayed the Ducks by a mile even with 3 rookies on the blueline.  Our rookies played fantastic, especially Mark Fistric.  They were just absolutely amazing. 

Here are my personal Star Rankings for this series:


yes i can haz goal!

  • #1 Stéphane Robidas: I can not sing his praises enough.  He has been so important to this team for a while and has played his poor broken nose(s) off.  Speaking of, who else would break his nose in a game, have to be helped off the ice only to return 5 minutes later to keep playing?  Complete with cotton up his nostril to stop the bleeding.  He is a warrior and deserves all the praises of the world.  (DallasStars.com seems to agree with me)

Teddy bear roll engage!

  • #2 Marty Turco:Last year he shook those first-round critics off his back only to still go out in the first round.  This year, he got the support needed to get the wins we all know he’s deserved for a long time.  We finally have the offense needed to get through playoffs.  That man, I swear.  He makes the CRAZIEST saves.  Saves that when you see you just sit with your chin on the floor unable to breath from shock.  He is one fierce mofo.


Ima karate kid your ass right out of the playoffs

  • #3 Brenden Morrow: I swear this isn’t because I’m biased.  He is everything you need your captain to be, especially in the post season.  He plays with his heart, leads by example and he is one big reason this team made it as far as they did.  They followed his example and never quit, even when we were down 4 goals and it seemed impossible to rally.  He makes me (and I’m sure the entire team) proud to call him our Captain.

Now don’t get me wrong, our entire TEAM played amazing, but those were the 3 who really stuck out to me.  But we couldn’t have done this without every single player.

QUACK QUACK QUACK THE FINALE

April 20, 2008

For the first time since 2003, the Stars are on to ROUND 2!!!!

I will write an actual write up tomorrow when I am not screaming my tiny little infected head off.  WEEEEE

The reason for lack of updates this weekend was due to a trip to the doctor saturday and a job interview today.

Stanley Cup Playoffs: Day 12

April 20, 2008

Detroit Red Wings (1) @ Nashville Predators (8)
Game 6: Red Wings 3 Predators 0
Red Wings win the series 4-2

San Jose Sharks (2) @ Calgary Flames (7)
Game 6: Sharks 0 Flames 2
Series tied 2-2

Anaheim Ducks (5) @ Dallas Stars (5)
Game 6: Ducks 1 Stars 4
STARS WIN THE SERIES 4-2

Stanley Cup Playoffs: Day 10

April 18, 2008

New Jersey Devils (4) vs. New York Rangers (5)
Game 5: Devils 3 Rangers 5
Rangers win the series 4-1

Detroit Red Wings (1) vs. Nashville Predators (8)
Game 5: Red Wings 2 Predators 1 (OT)
Red Wings lead the series 3-2

Anaheim Ducks (4) vs. Dallas Stars (5)
Game 5: Ducks 5 Stars 2
Stars lead the series 3-2