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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!

NHL back in Europe

February 13, 2009

For the 3rd year, the NHL season will kick off with two games played in Europe.  The Miami Herald broke the news yesterday.  The Florida Panthers are amoung the teams headed overseas and will play the Chicago Blackhawks in Helsinki, Finland.  The Detroit Red Wings will take on the St. Louis Blues in Stockholm, Sweden.

I said last year the 09-10 season should open in Helsinki, but I think they looked over the part where I said it should be the Stars.

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.


5-2 Hawks, Stars to take on Boston

November 1, 2008

Young Patrick Kane helped lead the Chicago Blackhawks to a 5-2 win over Dallas.  The Stars played good in the first period, but once they lost their lead, they went back to their old ways.  They started panicing and making stupid mistakes.  The game could’ve been a lot worse, Stephan did a great job keeping their goals at 5.  I was really hoping after their great gameplay Wednesday, they’d play better last night.

Tonight the Stars are in Beantown taking on the Bruins.  They met one time last year, and Dallas got the win 4-1.  The Stars have beaten the Bruins 11 times out of their last 13 meetings.  So I’m crossing my fingers.

Stephan in net tonight

October 31, 2008

Looks like Stephan impressed Tippett well enough to get the start tonight in Chicago against Happy Goalie.  I kind of expected this, start Stephan tonight then go with Marty tomorrow against Boston.  They did this a lot when we still had Smitty. 

The Stars were 2-1-1 last season against the Blackhawks.  Go Stars!

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.

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.

Welcome to Dallas Brad

February 29, 2008

So Brad Richards made his Dallas debut last night; and boy was it a good one.  He not only set up all 3 of Hagman’s goals, but also had a career night with 5 assists and became the first Star since coming to Dallas to have 5 assists in one game.  That’s quite a splash.

I guess I should also mention the Stars totally dominated the Blackhawks, winning 7-4.  There were so many goals, and so many great plays that I can’t even talk about each one seperately, so here is the list of goals scored last night

1st period
Dustin Byfuglien (PPG) assisted by Jason Williams (Chicago)
04:57: Niklas Hagman assisted by Brad Richards and Trevor Daley (Dallas)
09:58: Mike Modano unassisted (Dallas)

2nd period
Niklas Hagman assisted by Antti Miettinen and Brad Richards (Dallas)
04:41: Loui Eriksson assisted by Brenden Morrow and Mike Ribeiro (Dallas)
06:34: Trevor Daley assited by Brad Richards and Antti Miettinen (Dallas)

3rd period
Rene Bourque (SHG) unassisted (Chicago)
05:55: Niklas Hagman (hat trick) assisted by Brad Richards and Philippe Boucher (Dallas)
09:20: Andrew Ladd assisted by Petri Kontiola and Jason Williams (Chicago)
16:49: Jere Lehtinen (PPG) assisted by Brad Richards and Mike Modano (Dallas)
18:15: Rene Bourque (SHG) assisted by Craig Adams (Chicago)

Lots of goals from a lot of people, which was good because Turco was not on his game for some of it.  But it’s seemed since the beginning of the year, the team has balanced out.  Like last night, Turco wasn’t totally on top of everything and 4 goals got past him but the offense blossomed to win with 3 goals. 

Brad Richards is definitely going to be a keeper around here, especially with that Finn line. 

Brenden Morrow got into quite a fight last night as well, beating the tar out of Adam Burish after Burish picked a fight with Brenden, which you obviously don’t do.  Burish got showered with penalties; 5 minutes for fighting, 2 minutes for charging, 2 minutes for instigating and a 10 minute game misconduct.  Ha is all I have to say!

The three stars of the game were:

  1. Brad Richards
  2. Niklas Hagman
  3. Mike Modano

Liveblog: Stars vs. Blackhawks

January 9, 2008

So since Caitlin and Hockey Coma are on haitus, I am roenacking LiveBlogging from..well, just about everyone actually. I hope no one minds. We’ll see how it goes.

I would like to preface this by saying that I greatly dislike the Hawks, mostly because it was a hawk that skated over Morrow’s wrist. I will never forgive you Hawks, even though it was an accident.

Hawks are currently on a 6 game losing streak. Game starts with Ralph and Razor giving the lovely Stats from both goalies, Turco and Happy Goalie. They inform us that we are tied with San Jose with points for pacific division lead, but that after tonight Sharks will have 4 goals in hand.