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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First off, the Stars came home from their very cold weekend trip in Canada with 2 points out of 4. Not too shabby.
The first game against the Oilers was a tad sad on our end. The Oilers took control of the game and made sure they kept it. The final ended up being 4-1, with James Neal getting the lone Stars goal. Barchie got into 2 fights and got a 10 minute misconduct. Landon Wilson got into a fight of his own and ended up hitting the ice pretty hard and got a rib injury. Thank goodness the Stars had already called up Chris Conner.
Sunday went much better for the Stars against the Canucks. It was an evenly matched game, I thought. Both teams played well, and both had a fair amount of chances. It ended up going to a shootout, and the Stars pulled the 2 points thanks to Marty and rookie James Neal, who got the winning shoot out goal.
Onto the best news of all, the Stars will in fact have a player in the All-Star game this year. That player is the wonderful Mike Modano! He is making his 7th All-Star appearance in his career. I couldn’t think of a better person on our team to get it. He is having a great season for being so “old”, having 13 goals and assists for 26 points, best for 4th on the team! You can see the rest of the roster here.
The YoungStars will be announced Friday, and they’d be crazy not to take Neal.
That’s the Stars record of the last 2 games.
Wednesday, the Stars played the Edmonton Oilers the day after defeating the Calgary Flames 3-1. It wasn’t too great of a loss, 5-2. I can’t say I didn’t expect it, only because even last season when the Stars had back to back games they won one and lost the other. Mike Modano got the 2 goals for the Stars. He’s really having a great season, playing like he’s young again.
Then Friday night the Stars were back home against the Avalanche. The last time the two teams met back in October the Stars fell 5-4. This time was different. The game was scoreless until Toby Petersen got the Stars up 1-0 in the second period. Marty Turco was a-mazing. Until the last minute, when Svatos got one past Turco after the Avs pulled Budaj. It remained scoreless through overtime and eventually Mike Modano won the game for the Stars. It was a fantastic win, and it seems this Avery thing has only brought the team together. Finally actually playing as a team. It’s awesome to see, and it’s about time it happened.
Why not, I have nothing else to do today. Might as well share the pain with all the other Stars fan out there. Liveblog will commense at 4:30, when the pregame starts.
First off, here is some good: 3 Stars players are currently on a point streak
- Loui Eriksson is on a 4-game point streak, earning 3 goals and 3 assists for 6 points
- James Neal is on a 2-game point streak with 3 goals
- Brad Richards is on a 3-game point streak with 1 goal and 3 assists for 4 points
Yes, that is the only positive I can find right now. See y’all when we play Edmonton.
They mention that Sergei Zubov won’t be playing tonight, out with an undisclosed injury. Fantastic. He took that weird hit on the boards last game. He didn’t practice yesterday. They mention the trade, and Ludy says his stats tell him he’s somewhat of an offensive minded defenseman and is being brought in to possibly help the offense. Ugh. Just what we need. Razor says the Stars need offense, but they don’t. They need DECENT DEFENSE! This is our main failure this season. Get with the program people.
Crazy hair Ric Renner is holding a mask of Razor on himself. Wow. I forgot it’s Ralph and Razor night at the AAC night tonight. At least Ric Rinner understands it’s about defense. Why is it he’s the only one who seems to be on my side? The Stars players seem confident that they can work to get themselves into the playoffs. Good luck guys, seriously.
Mike Modano has been moved to the wing tonight with Brad Richards at center and Loui Eriksson as the other winger. Modano seems excited, so hopefully this is a good sign. He seems a little too happy…..I’m scared.
And now they go to Crazy hair who is with Tippett, and Crazy Hair managed to get him to laugh. Holy shit. He talks about how Marty needs to play like a top player. Which is so true. Crazy hair mentions that when both he and Tippett wear blue they are undefeated. Oi. Don’t say shit like that.
And here we go…..ugh.
20:00: Richards, Modano and Eriksson make up the opening line and Oilers start with the faceoff win.
19:30: They have Robi back with Grossman I notice as Grossman lets the puck go through his legs.
19:00: Second line is out now, Ribeiro with Avery and Neal. Sydor and Daley on the blueline.
17:50: Janik is out with Niskanen. Petersen, Conner and Parrish is the third line tonight.
17:10: 4th line is out. Barchie and Wilson with Ribeiro, since we really only have 3 centers tonight with Mo on the wing. Brunnstrom hasn’t been out yet…so I wonder where they plan on putting him since he’s on the list to play tonight.
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.
First off, I will start this by announcing how Rhadigan made himself look like the biggest idiot ever in the universe. Just because they have notes on their jerseys Mr Rhadigan, does not make them the “St Louis Blue Notes”. And secondly, as far as the Edmonton-Wings game goes; yes the Wings seem to be struggling being down 1-0 into the third. But remember, they are playing Edmonton. Despite what you might think, Mr. Rhadigan, Edmonton does not equal Calgary.
Now onto the actual game. I’m going to put this bluntly, the Stars were awful in the first. They couldn’t see to get it together. The only one who had it together was Marty, and he managed to keep it 1-0 through the first two periods. Keith Tkachuk got the first goal of the game, with an assist from Eric Brewer.
The Stars didn’t give up and came out swinging in the third. Otter of course, literally, getting into a brawl with Yan Statsny. Loui Eriksson got the scoring started 2:27 into the third with a goal from Mike Ribeiro and Brenden Morrow. Lehtinen got one past poor 5 foot nothing Manny Legace a little over 5 minutes later with a goal from Mike Ribeiro and Mike Modano. Apparently Lehtinen is such a good player, it’s like “nailing Jello to a tree” per Razor. Okay Razor. Eriksson bookended Lehtinen’s goal less than 2 minutes later with his second of the night. As I said before, Turco was their best player making some fantastic saves.
The penalties tonight were insane. Stars had 9 called against them including Ott’s fighting major while St. Louis only had 4. If I didn’t know better, I’d say someone in the Blues organization approached the Refs telling them they need to get to the playoffs, handed them some money and told them to go buy themselves a new whistle because they sure used it tonight. I forgot to mention; tonight was officially Boucher’s first game back. He wasn’t expected to return until the home game against Chicago, but Grossman got hit in the face with a puck and Nisky has a bruised foot. So Boucher came back early and Stars recalled Dan Jancevski from Iowa.
Three stars of the night are
- Loui Eriksson
- Mike Ribeiro
- Marty Turco
Now, onto other things. After the initial shock I am thinking, of course, that this trade for Brad Richards is not a bad one. He is almost a point a game during his entire career, so that can’t be bad, at all. I know, I am stating the obvious. But I just wanted to get it out there. I am excited to see his first game Thursday when the Stars take on the Chicago Blackhawks.
Update: Detroit and Edmonton went to a Shootout, with Edmonton coming out with the win. This puts Dallas 5 points behind Detroit for first place in the league.
The Stars beating the Oilers 5-2 and sweeping this season’s series is no fluke, the Stars have had their number most of the decade really.
Loui Eriksson started the scoring, getting a goal from Jussi Jokinen and Trevor Daley over 16 minutes into the first period. The Oilers actually took quite a bit of penalties that first period, including a 10 minute game misconduct for Zack Stortini.
Stars earned 2 more goals in the second period, putting them up 3-0. The Oilers got into even more penalty trouble, Jere Lehtinen scored a power play goal (assisted by Brenden Morrow and Jussi Jokinen) when Mathieu Roy took a penalty for interference. Stars took some penalties too. Antti Miettinen got called for slashing over 16 minutes into the second. Brenden Morrow, however, was able to steal the puck and got a beautiful shorthanded goal.
In the third period, Edmonton found themselves in poor penalty trouble, and Dallas capitalized on it again. Jere Lehtinen got his second power play goal of the night. Just 2 minutes later, Mike Modano took a penalty for holding. Edmonton saw this as their opportunity, and Dustin Penner got one past Turco on the power play, with assists from Sam Gagner and Ales Hemsky. Edmonton managed to rally for another goal a little over 8 minutes later from Curtis Glencross, with an assist from Denis Grebeshov. It looked as though they could possibly come back and tie it and force it to overtime. With just over 2 minutes left, they pulled their goalie. Mike Modano stole the puck and took off down the ice to get the puck in the empty net, putting the Stars up 5-2. This game was over.
Steve Ott played really well, he got under the skin of just about every Oilers player on the ice. Turco played a solid game, he made some amazing saves.
The three stars of the night were
- Jere Lehtinen
- Brenden Morrow
- Steve Ott
Stars take on the Nashville Predators tonight.
So I finally have my computer back (hurrah) so I am finally able to update about the games in Edmonton and Calgary.
Friday, the Stars played in Edmonton and finally got Jere Lehtinen back. Edmonton was coming off a “humiliating” 3-0 loss to San Jose.
“We knew they were going to come out flying and it took us some time to put the pedal to the metal,” Turco said. “We were really lackluster in the first but we came out fairly unscathed, only down 1-0. We always seem to have good games against them and we responded well.”
And Turco was right, they were very much lackluster in the first, but that quickly changed. Zack Stortini got the scoring started in that bad first period, putting the Oilers up 1-0. That would be the only goal Turco would let past him. Stars came back in the second ready to dominate, and they did. Brenden Morrow tied the game 7 minutes into the 2nd and Stéphane Robidas put the Stars up 2-1 3 minutes later on a power play goal. But the Stars didn’t stop there, coming back in the third to get a power play tally from Jussi Jokinen and even Steve Ott getting in the action, scoring on an empty net. You could tell the Oilers were getting frustrated, but it was too little too late. Stars won 4-1. The three stars of the game:
- Mike Ribeiro
- Marty Turco
- Ethan Moreau
Saturday, Stars traveled to Calgary to take on the Flames. Granted, I missed the first period because I was getting tattoos (happy early birthday to me), but luckily all the scoring took place during the 2nd period, which I got to see. Like the game in Edmonton, Calgary scored first. But just 8 minutes after Daymond Langkow got it in the net, so did Brenden Morrow. And like the game the night before, that one goal was all Turco and the Stars would give up. Niklas Hagman got the go ahead goal a little over 2 minutes into the second, and that was all the stars needed to win. Steve Ott definitely got under their skin and it showed. The three stars of that game were
- Marty Turco
- Jarome Iginla
- Daymond Langkow
All in all, it was a very successful road trip to Canada. Stars return home today and take on the Vancouver Canucks, again, Tuesday night.
So do to the fact that I have the worst schedule ever this week (split shifts), I am going to be writing during intermissions about the previous period.
This was definitely a quick game, which I can appreciate when I have to wake up at 5am and the game doesn’t start until 8:30pm. The Stars Live broadcast was nice enough to inform people that our team is pretty bad ass, holding the record for the best penalty kill percentage during the regular season at 89.3%. It was the 99-00 team, who made it to the Stanley Cup finals that year. Jeff Halpern quickly made it 1-0 less than 4 minutes into the game with a goal from Mike Modano and Steve Ott. Turco came out of his net a little too much for me, Stu Barnes had to make a save to help keep the Stars in the lead at one point. Ralph apparently thinks that he or Zubov is a pirate, saying that Zubov swashbuckled the puck at one point. I expect to see an eye patch anyday now. Chris Conner took only his 3rd penalty of the season 17 minutes into the game, which Dustin Penner took advantage of with 45 seconds left on the power play. Tom Gilbert and Jarret Stoll got the assists on that one. Ott got a great hit on Ales Hemsky, which Steve Staios didn’t appreciate. So he went after Otter, and both recieved a 2 minute roughing minor with 13 seconds left in the period. Second will start with a four on four.
The four on four went by fairly quickly with no one scoring. Robidas took a penalty for delay of game about 6 minutes into the period, which the Stars killed. The game got extremely intense about 14 minutes in, when Dwayne Roloson was caught out of his net. Otter tried to get a puck in but was unable to due to Shawn Horcoff being all up in his way. Soon after, Penner got a breakaway which Turco had an answer for, making an amazing save! Ralph is also at it again, refering to Modano as a cowboy by “corralling a bouncing puck.” So we’ve got Pirate Zubie and Cowboy Mo. We’ll see who is next and what childhood dream occupation they become.
Period started with both goalies having to make amazing saves, both teams are out for blood for the elusive goal that could possibly win the game. Razor spilled the beans about Marty Reasoner being one of what was supposed to be anonymous players wearing thermablades. But that’s okay Razor, because you are awesome for the fact that you use the term “sassy save.” Stars got their first power play about 10 minutes into the period, when Penner took 2 minutes for head butting (hehehe.) Sadly, they weren’t able to cash in. Marty Turco took a rare penalty 15 minutes in for interference, which Mittens served. As usual, the Stars were amazing on the penalty kill. And I guess the Stars did not get my memo, because overtime was not on my schedule.
Ralph used the term Swashbuckle again, only this time with Stu Barnes, so it looks like Zubov has a first mate. Because obviously Zubov will be Captain Russian. Steve Staios took a penalty for hooking on Mike Ribeiro with 1:30 left in overtime. Despite having some great scoring chances, the Stars weren’t able to get the puck in the net. So we are now going to shootout. I guess my memo really did get lost.
- Sam Gagner shoots first, which he misses.
- Modano is up first for Dallas, which Roloson stops.
- Ales Hemsky‘s up next, which Turco makes an amazing save on. Good job, Marty.
- Zubov next for Dallas, which he cashes in on. His first shootout goal of the season. (Which he apparently scored with his Zubovian Shimmy, according to Razor)
- Horcroff, with the game on his shoulders, shoots but Marty is too awesome.
Stars take the 2 points. To my surprise, there were no points by the PBC line. It’s been a while since that has happened.
The three stars of the night are Sergei Zubov with the shootout winner, Dwayne Roloson stopping 35 of 36 shots, and Marty Turco taking the number one spot with 33 saves and blanking the Oilers on the shootout.
Stars take on Vancouver Thursday at 9pm. Expect another post similar to this. I hate late games.
Everyone’s favorite Russian, Sergei Zubov has been named the 2nd NHL Star of the Week. He tallied 8 points in his last 3 games, which the Stars all won and still remains to be the highest scoring defensiveman in the league.
Four of the points came against Edmonton, who the Stars will be playing tomorrow for the 2nd time this season. Edmonton is coming off a 3 game winning streak, including winning the first of a 3-game homestand. We all know how exciting the last game against these two was, so tomorrow looks to be a fun game.