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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.

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!!

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 earn 3 points in two 5-4 games

January 16, 2009

Tuesday’s game against the Detroit Red Wings was a game I was very much dreading after the embarrassment that was the game on 8th. (Holy run on sentence Batman!)  I missed the first few minutes due to driving home from the office.  Why does work always get in the way of hockey?  It’s really uncool.  Back to the subject, even listening on the radio, I could hear the Stars were already playing better.  Instead of hearing from Ralph and Ludy about the Red Wings pretty much skating circles around us, it was the other way around.  They did manage to give me some of the best news I’ve heard all year; the Red Wings are #30 on the road penalty kill.  LOLZWUT?  Who would’ve ever thought the Red Wings would be last in anything.  Made my life.

I must admit though, after the first 2 Detroit goals, I accepted that this would probably be another embarrassment. But the Stars weren’t goin’ down like that.  Nicklas Grossman got his first regular season goal EVER to cut the Wings lead in half.  Only to have them get a 3rd goal with a little over 2 minutes left.  Whatever Wings.  That won’t happen in our house.  Stephane Robidas and Mark Parrish tied it in the second period, and outshot the Wings like crazy.  The Wings managed to take the lead again in the 3rd, only to have the Stars even it up again with 3 minutes left to force it into overtime.  Even in overtime, the Stars took control.  And some gritty work by stupid Matt Niskanen and Trevor Daley got them the overtime win. They got 49 shots on the Red Wings, which really has been unheard of in the last decade. TAKE THAT WINGS!  Hmph.  Pleasedon’tkillusnexttime.

So coming off that fantabulous win, the Stars took on the Buffalo Sabres tonight.  They started with the same energy they played with Monday, getting 3 goals before allowing one on themselves in the second period.  It was downhill from there.  Fast.  On rollerblades.  Being chased by cats with big teeth.  After Buffalo got their second goal, the Stars gave themselves another 2 point lead, only to have that erased within 20 seconds in the third period.  What the hell was that?!  It ended up going to overtime, where Buffalo still held momentum and then to a shootout.  Which the Stars lost in the 6th round.  The other awful news was Robi took a bad hit and wasn’t seen again.  Which is enough to stress me out beyond belief.  And no one is telling me anything.  And it makes me incredibly uncomfortable.  I can’t believe I missed Ugly Betty AND THE RETURN OF ELIZABETH COURDAY ON ER for this crap.

I also promise to update more!

What was that?

January 10, 2009

I honestly can’t think of a word to describe the Stars play last night in the 6-1 loss to Detroit last night other than pathetic.  Absolutely pathetic.

The Stars wanted to use this game as a measuring stick of the progress over the last month.  Well, I would find that impossible.  The Stars that took the ice against the Red Wings was not the team that has played together the last month.  They weren’t the team that played together, that trusted each other, none of that.  I don’t even know what else to say.

Here’s hoping they actually show up for the Phoenix game tomorrow.

That just happened

December 13, 2008

I’m sure the Detroit Red Wings and their fans are wondering “what the fuck just happened?”  THAT.  THAT JUST HAPPENED!  Despite being about as injury depleted as a team can be, the Stars defeated their greatest rivals in their first meeting since the Western Conference Finals last May.

This was a win I don’t think anyone thought the Stars would get.  The Wings are second in the league and a good team while the Stars are sitting at the bottom of the West and would be playing without yet another player.  I guess this was all the motivation the Stars needed to get this win.

Lebda got the scoring started in the first period, but that would be the only goal Turco would allow past him.  Despite not getting on the board in the first period and not being able to cash in on a lengthly 5-on-3 at the end of the first period and beginning of the second, I thought the Stars were playing solid.  Then just under 6 minutes into the second, Tom Wandell got his first NHL goal with a backhand shot in front of Conklin.  A shot the Detroit D should’ve had and Conklin should’ve stopped.  Then under 2 minutes later, our other rookie swede Brunnstrom got a goal of his own down the middle of the ice.  As Razor put it, it went right through Conkin like a wet bar of soap.  That’s when the Stars locked it down.  They rallied, kept their game simple and helped protect their net.  Then Ribeiro sealed the deal with an empty netter.  It was…amazing.  The team was great and Marty was fantabulous.  Could this game alone mark the turn around for this team?  We’ve always struggled against the Red Wings, but this game was huge for our team and it’s confidence.   I am just so excited I don’t even know what to do.  Being at this game was amazing, especially getting to see the annoyance on all the Detroit Red Wings fans faces!

Let’s go Stars.  You can do it.

Dallas vs. Detroit Predictions

December 12, 2008

So I am calling upon you, dear readers; what do you think the score will be tonight?

The Stars are now missing Brenden Morrow, Steve Ott, Joel Lundqvist, Jere Lehtinen, Sergei Zubov and Stephane Robidas.   Let’s add in there that Matt Niskanen will be playing and Marty Turco hasn’t exactly been up to par so far this season.  How bad do you see the Wings beating us?

My prediction is 19-1.  We’ll get the first goal, they’ll smile at us, let us think we have a chance.  Then every player on their team will get a goal, including the goalie.

(Yes, I’m attempting to be funny.  Humor is all we have now)

And with that, the Stars season is over

May 20, 2008

With a 4-1 win, the Wings pushed the Stars out of the running for the Stanley Cup Finals and ended their season. 

There isn’t much to say about this game, Detroit obviously wanted this series to finally end and they did everything needed to make sure that happened in game 6.  They got 3 goals in the first period, and a short handed goal in the second.  They shut down the Stars power play.  They shut the team down. 

But you have to give the Stars credit, despite it all, they fought back hard.  They never gave up, not even when there was only 10 seconds left and 3 goals needed to tie.

I am extremely proud of this team.  I feel the need to throw them my own victory parade; a victory for getting further than all the “experts” expected, a victory for getting all the monkey’s off their backs, a victory for not giving up and giving me a long post season to watch and enjoy.

With all that said, Go Pens!

Atta Boy Turco

May 18, 2008

I don’t think anyone in the NHL deserved that win more than Marty Turco. He finally beat Detroit at the Joe for the first time in his NHL career. The win also keeps the Stars in this series, with it now being 3-2.

The Stars came out hard, playing more desperation hockey, though they were unable to convert on their first power play of the game. Trevor Daley scored the first goal with assists from Brad Richards and Niklas Hagman. Then Daley took a penalty and with only 4 seconds left on their power play, the Wings Jiri Hudler scored to tie the game.

There were 3 penalties in the 2nd period, that either team were able to convert on. Joel Lundqvist gave the Stars their 2nd lead of the game 6 minutes in the second, with Marty Turco getting the assist. How fitting.

Tomas Holmstrom got the one and only penalty of the 3rd and it was quite possibly the dumbest penalty ever. Who ever thought it was a good idea to punch a player on the opposing bench while skating to your own? Detroit were able to kill that penalty, but the final was 2-1 Stars

This was a game no one can blame on phantom calls, the Stars earned this one fair and square, they were the better team. And man is it great to say that. They play again tomorrow here in Dallas.

and i promise to get the playoff stats updated soon