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Stars win 3-2, head to Western Conf. Finals

May 3, 2008

….Oh wait, that’s right.  That’s what the title of this post SHOULD say, but instead it’s “Series returns to Dallas for Game 6”

If I have ever seen a game decided by calls it was this one.  I’m not complaining about the penalties, but more like the goal that wasn’t.  I will admit it, I am usually biased when it comes to anything Brenden Morrow.  But I can admit when a goal of his can be rendered no-goal, such as his 3rd ‘goal’ when he put it in with his glove when he was unable to get his stick to the puck in time.  That’s an obvious one.

The no goal for a kicking motion however?  I am livid.  Absolutely livid.  I’m not trying to join into the ‘conspiracy theorist’ group, but something wasn’t right about that.  His skate was behind him and was moving towards the goal when the puck deflected off of it to go into the net.  It was part of him stopping, he didn’t even see the puck when it hit his skate, so how did he know to start kicking it in?  He didn’t.

My absolute FAVORITE part, was them showing one of the video judges and him laughing and smiling while they called no goal.  Absolute favorite.

To mention the actual game, it was 3-2 in OT, with the Sharks Pavelski getting one past Turco just over a minute into overtime.  Dallas goals came from Jere Lehtinen and Brenden Morrow.

Liveblog: Stars vs. Sharks – Game 4

April 30, 2008

It’s been a while since I’ve liveblogged, figured this would be a good game to do it. I actually got home just in time, so let’s get this started shall we?

18:44: Sharks get a good little scramble in front of the net, but Turco being his awesome self sweeps it aside.

17:52: Fishsticks got a nice shot on goal, but it went just a little wide.

16:11: Michalek gets a hard shot, but Turco is awesome and stops that too. Good boy Turks. They are going on about his awesome save percentage in the playoffs.

15:55: Some NICE passing gets Lehtinen right on net, but Nabokov stops it. Fake russian has been pretty good!

15:40: HEEEE Josie Grossie got a NICE hit on Jumbo.

14:52: Hey it’s Toby! With Stu being out from that hit yesterday, Petersen was put in. He’s been out since Zubov has returned so they can dress 7 defensemen.

14:30: DON’T HIT RUSSIAN ROENACKER!

14:11: Are you serious? One little push and Setoguchi and he goes flailing on the ice. Okay, so it wasn’t one little push. But Modano is taking a penalty.

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How about that Matti Norstrom?

April 30, 2008

No, seriously.  That friendly Swede is having an amazing playoff run.  Not only did he help with Morrownators OT goal in game 1, but scored it in game 3 to put the Stars up 3-0 in the series. 

Last night, the Sharks came out to win, and that definitely showed in the first 2 periods.  Patrick Marleau who seemed almost invisible the first 2 games managed to score an unassisted short handed goal to put the Sharks up 1-0 in the first period.  The lead held until the 3rd period. 

The Stars started both the second andthird periods on a power play.  They ended up having a 5-3 30 seconds into the 3rd period, and it was that that got the Stars rolling.  Sergei Zubov, in only his 2nd game back, got one past Nabokov to make it 1-1.  Mike Ribeiro and Brad Richards assisted on that goal, what a group.  From then on, it was a full out attack from the Stars end, controlling most of the play.  Neither team, however, was able to get the puck past either goalie, despite Hagman getting an unsuccessful penalty shot 10 minutes into the 3rd, so it was time to go to overtime for the 2nd time this series.

What is there to say, the Stars never let up.  They kept grinding and wore down what came to be a very tired Sharks team.  Then, over 4 minutes into the first OT, Ribeiro got the puck to Norstrom who shot it.  It deflected off of a Shark and went in.   Perfect.

Both goalies played extremely well and both gave their teams a chance to win, the Stars just had more want and desire in them to get what needed to be done done.  They go again tonight at 8pm, This will be interesting.

This seems oddly familiar…

April 28, 2008

Coming home with a 2-0 lead in the series.  I haven’t seen the Stars play this well in the playoffs since…I couldn’t tell you when because it’s been that long.  What is awesome is this time around, our best players have been our best players, and everyone else has contributed.  They are playing as a full team, and boy does it feel great. 

Stars allowed a goal 10 minutes into the first (stupid Pavelski) and Ribeiro countered 5 minutes later.  The Stars got into penalty trouble, taking 4 in the first period alone, with the Sharks only taking 1.   Luckily, the one Stars goal was the only one allowed through all the penalties.

San Jose took their second lead of the game in the second period and claimed the only goal to be scored that period.  Stupid Michalek.  AND STUPID CRAIG RIVET.  (I still hate you.)

But then the third period came, and the Stars dominated.  AFter a bad call on Modano, the refs decided to even it up by making a bad call on the Sharks.  Don’t you love our officiating?  Before the penalties, however, leave it to Brad Richards to get an unassisted goal to tie the game up.  Good boy Sparky, good boy.  And that ‘make it even’ penalty the Sharks took?  Mike Modano cashed in giving the Stars a 3-2 lead.  Zubov assisted on the goal, it’s good to see that crazy Russian back.  Then finally, FINALLY, Hagman got his goal.  That poor Finn has been playing like a damn psycho and it’s finally paid off.  HE also netted an empty-netter with 1:15 left to play.  Nice way to finish it off I’d say…

And the three Stars were:

  1. Niklas Hagman
  2. Brenden Morrow
  3. Marty Turco

It’s good to see the star pickers in San Jose aren’t as biased as the ones in Anaheim. *coughBradMaycough*.  Though I’m surprised Brad Richards didn’t show up in there, having 1 goal and 3 assists.

*insert funny shark noise here*

April 26, 2008

What sound do sharks make exactly? Either way, this picture says it all

Stars had their first overtime game of this years playoffs, and it came out in their favor. Brenden Morrow got his 2nd goal of the night to give the Stars a 1-0 lead. Hells ya. I’ll write a real review tomorrow when I’m not exhausted, BUT GO STARS!

Oh, and Brenden Morrow was the number 1 star of the night! THAT’S WHAT I THOUGHT NHL.

Round 2 predictions

April 24, 2008

While my last predictions were more for fun than accuracy (I was 1-7 with them.  Ya…), I’m going to try to be more accurate this time. 

EASTERN CONFERENCE
Montreal Canadiens (1) vs. Philadelphia Flyers (6)
Like the Bruins, Montreal won all the regular season games between these 2 teams.  Sure, the Flyers are a bunch of thugs sometimes, but I think the Canadiens can hold them off.  I’m liking the Canadiens chances: Canadiens in 6 (Let’s not set anymore police cares on fire okay?)


Pittsburgh Penguins (2) vs. New York Rangers (5)
I really know nothing about either team other than Cindy plays for one and a future Vogue intern plays for the other.   I think it could go either way.  While the Pens swept the Sens, the Rangers played a gritty 7-game series.  I’m not sure if the Pens, even with Cindy, can hold off this team.  So I’m going for Rangers in 7

WESTERN CONFERENCE
Detroit Red Wings (1) vs. Colorado Avalanche (6)
Oh yes, the 2 teams that top my most-hated list; with Detroit being 1 and Colorado being 1.5.  So who do I think will come out on top?  I’m not really sure.  Detroit showed themselves to be quite beatable during their run with Nashville, and I think Colorado could capitalize on it easily.  So I’m going on a limb here: Avalanche in 6.

San Jose Sharks (2) vs. Dallas Stars (5)
Yet again, everyone is rooting against my team, making us the underdogs. Again.  That’s fine, being an underdog worked to our advantage in round 1.   If the last game of the season is any indictation, they can throw their weight around at us all they want because we’ll still come out ahead. I think the Stars can do it in 6 again.

Okay, want to keep up with some of the other teams in the playoffs?  Here are some blogs I highly recommend:
Montreal Canadiens: Four Habs Fans
Philadelphia Flyers: Flyers.Femme
Pittsburgh Penguins: The Pensblog
New York Rangers: Battle of NY

Detroit Red Wings: No Pun Intended
Colorado Avalanche: Mile High Hockey
San Jose Sharks: Battle of California
Dallas Stars: Ya, you can just read here.

Also, if you don’t already read them: I highly recommend reading The Pensblog and Battle of California on a daily basis.  The end.

You know what is great about playoffs?

April 23, 2008

Is the fact that hockey is on almost all the time (with tonight being one of those rare nights with none). Every night, since April 9th, you can tune into Versus to see some game going on. And what is even better? Is the players they bring in to do some breaking down of the series they’re showing. Like one week it was Manny Legace then the next Rick DiPietro. You put Manny and Rick on TV and I will watch, they are both so awesome. Then of course the weekend comes, and there is the game on NBC then one on Versus that night.

And honestly? Their promos for the Playoffs on VS. aren’t too bad either. I especially like this one:

and this one

Very clever……

Speaking of Versus, the schedule for the Sharks-Stars has been released. (Ya, love how I tie that all in there?)  This is for local Dallas people.

Friday, April 25 – San Jose vs. Dallas – 9pm – VERSUS
Sunday, April 27 – San Jose vs. Dallas – 8pm – My 27
Tuesday, April 29 – San Jose @ Dallas – 6:30pm – My 27
Wednesday, April 30 – San Jose @ Dallas – 8pm – FSN
Friday, May 2 – San Jose vs. Dallas – 9pm  VERSUS (if necessary)
Sunday, May 4 – San Jose @ Dallas – 8pm – FSN (if necessary)
Tuesday, May 6 – San Jose vs. Dallas – 9pmTBD (if necessary)

Round 2 Match Ups

April 23, 2008

Real quick before I head to bed, here are the matchups for round 2.

EASTERN CONFERENCE
Montreal Canadiens (1) vs. Philadelphia Flyers (6)
Pittsburgh Penguins (2) vs. New York Rangers (5)

WESTERN CONFERENCE
Detroit Red Wings (1) vs. Colorado Avalanche (6)
San Jose Sharks (2) vs. Dallas Stars (5)

Stanley Cup Playoffs: Day 14

April 23, 2008

Washington Capitals (3) vs. Philadelphia Flyers (6)
Game 7: Capitals 2 Flyers 3 (OT)
Flyers win the series 4-3

San Jose Sharks (2) vs. Calgary Flames (7)
Game 7: Sharks 5 Calgary 3
Sharks win the series 4-3

Possible Match-Ups for Round 2

April 22, 2008

So while a tad bored, I decided to look up our records against our two possible foe’s for round 2 to decide who I’d rather play more.  Granted, we played one team twice as much as the other, but still.  We can get an idea as to who we played better against in the regular season.  I know, I know, postseason changes everything, but it’s still a nice baseline.

First up: San Jose Sharks
I’m sure we will never forget that last game of the year, which the Stars managed to win.  That game alone shows me we could take on the Sharks.  But what about how we did during the season?  We managed to come out even going 4-2-2.  We did, however, manage to out score them 24-21 even with the oh so great Nabokov in net. 

The other possibility is the Colorado Avalanche
I hate this team, I don’t hide this.  And yes, it’s because I’m bitter about some previous playoff series where we were knocked out.  This season, though, the Stars weren’t too bad against them, it was even at 2-2 with the Stars outscoring 13-8.  I think it’s time for payback, so I think our chances against this team as good as well.

I really got nothing done as far as this goes, because I think we could face either team and come out on top.  They’re pretty much even with the way our club played them this season.

So we go to the back up plan: who would I rather have the blasted Detroit Red Wings play?  Their possible opponents being the Colorado Avalanche or the Calgary Flames.  Judging by their play against these two teams in the regular season, I’m rooting for the Flames here.  Colorado were shut out 3 times by the Wings and were outscored 11-2. Ouch.  The Flames, on the other hand, were able to hand the Red Wings a shutout of their own!  And the scoring wasn’t so uneven, being 13-7 in the Wings favor.  So..with all that being said; Go Flames!