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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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Liveblog: Stars vs. Canucks 03/24/09, Happy edition

March 24, 2009

So, I am going to liveblog the game, but only mention the positives so it’ll be a tad different.

Might be the shortest liveblog ever.

Pregame
They start with a mention of Tippett and him being safe.  As Rhadigan said “as he should be” should be included in any mention of that.  Period.

Razor is interviewing Robi, one of the few players who leaves everything he has on the ice.  Robi speaks of his infinite wisdom.  Listen grasshoppers.

Postive #1: Robi’s nose is still in tact.

1st period
Positive #2:
Luongo took a stupid pill and played the puck in the corner at 19:19.  Penalty on Vancouver

Positive #3: Begin has returned to the lineup

Postive #4: Brendan Morrison makes it 1-0 Stars, with assists from Fistric and Begin.

Positive #5: That was Morrison’s 500th NHL point, against his old team.  Good job Sonny.

Positive #6: Swede-tastic line of Lundy, Brunnstrom and Wandell.

Positive #7: Fishsticks pushes and holds Burrows on the boards(10:33).  I still hate Burrows from the 07 Playoffs.

Positive #8: Otter is getting Burrows, which pleases me greatly.  (8:02)

Positive #9: Otter half stripping in the penalty box.

Positive #10: Begin returns to the game.  Woo.

Positive #11: Somehow, the Stars managed to outshoot the Canucks 14-7

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Breaking News: Marty Turco is made of win

February 13, 2009

Wow wow and wow.  Marty carried this team to another win against the Canucks.  He let in one goal from Taylor Pyatt, and after that decided that was enough.

JUMP! (For my love)

JUMP! (For my love)

But he will not be getting any love, really, other than getting the 3rd star of the game.

The Swedes were definitely out in full force, on both teams.  All 9 of them on the ice tonight played hard, and 2 of our Swedes managed to get a point.  Loui Eriksson got the first Stars goal, from Matt Niskanen and Mike Modano on a power play.  Then Loui got an assist from a great goal from Joel Lundqvist, his first goal in 11 months!  Marty Turco also got an assist.  I kept yelling at him to shoot it after the Canucks pulled their goalie, but sadly he did not hear me from my house.  One day man, one day.

The three Stars were

  1. Marty Turco
  2. Loui Eriksson
  3. Daniel Sedin

Tomorrow night the Stars will be taking on Chicago.  My memory only goes back as far as 2003, and they haven’t won on Valentine’s Day My Birthday from at least that year on. (That game sucked, btw, the one in 03.)  Cross your fingers!

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 go 1-1 on the weekend, Mo and All-Star

January 7, 2009

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.

Well that was almost a comeback…

March 16, 2008

Stars played their 4th and final game against Vancouver last night. It was also their last game against a non-pacific division team. They decided to start Johan Holmqvist in net. Poor guy, I think he was hella nervous because he gave up 3 goals in the first period. Though, I will say that one of them I don’t even think Marty would have been able to stop and another he probably could have if the D in front of him hadn’t completely broken down.

Stars got on the board with 15 seconds left in the first period with a goal by Lundqvist. I sent his number in predicting he’d score the first goal, but sadly I did not win the autographed puck. (BOO) Mike Modano and Brad Richards scored in the 2nd period to tie the game, Turco was also put in net in the 2nd. I must say, my throat was definitely hurting after that 2nd period.

Then three minutes intothe 3rd, Brendan Morrison put the Canucks in the lead again. Poor Marty was scrambling, then got rammed into by Morrison and Robi (who was trying to cover Morrison) and Robi got hit in the face and was taken off the ice. Talk about stressed out, luckily he returned later in the game. Unfortunately, Stars were unable to get another goal and Vancouver took the game.

Because the Stars were unable to get the 2 points they desperately needed, they are now 5th in the division since Anaheim won yesterday. Oi.

Liveblog: Stars vs. Canucks

February 5, 2008

So there is a good chance I’ll be liveblogging tonight. I really enjoy meetings between these 2 teams, and I’m sure tonight will not disappoint. The bad news? We are yet again without Razor because he is doing a game for Versus. The good news? Instead of Hayward, we will have Craig Ludwig taking his spot. It will make for an interesting night.

Liveblog will be on a bit of delay, as I don’t get off until 7pm and have to eat, so bear with me!

I got home about 7:20, just in time to see that they had Boucher with Rhadigan and it makes me real sad. But Bouch’s Bottom Line? Really? That sounds dirty. I really wish they’d let Boucher do commentary. But now it’s time to eat.

It amuses me that both Ralph and Ludwig are wearing complete color palettes; Ludwig in blue, and Ralph in gray/silver. This is the first time the Canucks are in Dallas since the playoffs; IE the most amazing game ever. They mention how many men are out for Vancouver,and are showing Roberto Luongo. Everytime I see him I expect him to come onto the ice holding a chicken.

1st period

19:22: Ralph informs me Stars started with Modano, Lehtinen and Ott. Really? Where are you putting Jokinen?

19:00: Not fond of the feed going wonky. You are not cool FSN. YOU ARE NOT COOL.

18:20: Almost a full minute before my feed came back. If I missed any Morrownator action, you will be sorry.

17:50: Jussi is with Hagman and Eriksson, this could be a promising line.

17:00: Barnes with Barchie and Jew. Which mean sadly Winchester has been scratched. Again.

16:00: Keep it simple stupid. I will be using that constantly.

14:55: OKAY FSN. YOU ON BAD SIDE. WHY YOU DROP THE FEED FOR A FRIGGIN TECH FORUM COMMERCIAL? I DO NOT CARE ABOUT TECH FORUM.

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Hard-earned win…Stars 4, Canucks 3

January 30, 2008

That’s what I’m going to call this one, a hard-earned win.  It wasn’t the prettiest, but it was a win and 2 points that are greatly needed.  Goaltending was fantastic and the grit needed to win was there in everyone. 

Scoring started a little under 16 minutes into the game when Trevor Daley, yes Trevor Daley, got one behind Curtis Sanford to put the Stars up 1-0.  Brenen Morrow and Mike Ribeiro took the assists.  Where was Roberto Luongo you might ask?  He was in Kazakhstan Florida with his pregnant wife.  Those ugly Canuck twins tied it with less than 2 minutes left in the 1st; Henrik with the goal and Daniel and Aaron Miller with the assist.

The 2nd period was all Stars.  Mike Modano got his name on the scoresheet with a goal over a minute into the 2nd, with assists from Niklas Hagman and Mattias Norstrom.  The Canucks and Stars traded off penalties throughout the 2nd, but Stéphane Robidas was the only one able to cash in on the power play with help from the 2 Mike’s; Modano and Ribeiro. 

Stars took all the penalties in the 3rd.  The only scoring that took place within those 6 minutes of penalties?  Steve Ott with a shortie 7:29 into the 3rd, with help from Jeff Halpern and Stéphane Robidas.  The Canucks rallied in the last 9 minutes to get 2 goals; Ryan Kesler with a wristshot from Matt Cooke and Markus Naslund from Daniel Sedin and Mattias Ohlund after pulling their goalie.

It wasn’t enough, Stars managed to pull out a great win and a great start to the Canadian roadtrip.

Stars defeated by Vancouver, 3-2

December 21, 2007

A few more notes before I start the re-cap from tonight’s game of Stars at Canucks. NHL.com has posted a very amusing verion of the 12 Days of Christmas.

The Stars netminders had a bit of fun this morning at practice, bringing attention to the fact that Luongo does not strap down his flaps so they stick out further than the regulation of 11-inches. Roberto Luongo has also been named Goalies’ World magazine’s Goalie of the Year.

It was expected to be a low scoring game.  Afterall, every regular season meeting between these two teams last season ended with a score of 2-1.  The first 2 periods were no exception, with only one goal being scored.  Sadly, it was not a goal for our Dallas Stars, instead belonged to Mason Raymond from Mattias Ohlund and Roberto Luongo.  A little over 10-minutes into the game, the Canucks seemed to have an unfair advantage as Henrik Sedin held Jeff Halpern onto the ice after the faceoff until the play was called dead.  Unfortunately, no penalty came of it. The only penalty of the first period laid on Alexander Edler, who took 2 minutes for hooking onto Stars captain Brenden Morrow. The NHL’s 4th best power play went on the job but were unable to convert.

The second period started about the same as the first, until about 8 minutes in when Raymond scored the Canuck goal by “jitterbugging his way behind the Dallas net” according to the Stars’ own Razor Reaugh. The Canucks are 16-3 when scoring first, so it was definitely going to be a hard game for the Stars, but we all know our Stars are always up for that challenge. They got their chance about 11 minutes into the second when Mattias Ohlund took 2 minutes for holding. The Canucks assumed Turco had an empty net and shot at the net on a delayed penalty, only to have the refs call no goal. Unfortunately, this power play had the same outcome as the one in the first. The Stars power play has become so important on the outcome of the game that the Stars have never won in regulation without earning a goal on the power play, they either lose or win in overtime or the shootout. Stars got another chance just 4 minutes later, when H. Sedin knocked into Marty Turco (or appeared to) so he got 2 minutes for interference. The Stars had a lot of chances, but lost control of the puck close to the end of the power play which led to H. Sedin getting a breakaway right out of the box.  Robidas was able to challenge from behind and won. Stars took their first penalty of the game with 2 minutes left in the period. Turco got his 2nd penalty in 2 games, roughing for knocking H. Sedin back when he felt he was too close behind him. And just like last game, the penalty was served by Antti Miettinen. NHL’s 15th ranked power play tried to challenge the 5th best penalty kill and failed.

The third started with a little over 30 seconds remaining on the Vancouver power play. It wasn’t looking promising for the Stars, the Canucks are 15-0-0 when leading after 2 periods. Daniel Sedin scored just 3 minutes into the 3rd with a goal from Markus Naslund and H. Sedin, some quick passing left D. Sedin able to score while Turco attempted to slide across the net.  Jussi Jokinen made it a one shot game a little over 6 minutes into the third with a goal from Loui Eriksson and Niklas Hagman, their secret to getting it past Luongo?  Get him out of his net, steal the puck from him and use their quick passing skills to get it in front of the net.  The Stars were starting to play more aggressive than they had in the first 2 periods when Niklas Hagman took 2 minutes for goalie interference when he charged the net in an attempt to get another puck behind Luongo.  Stars were able to hold the Canucks power play at nil until Brenden Morrow took a penalty for holding.  With approximately 30 seconds left on the 5 on 3, D. Sedin converted on it with a goal from Ohlund and Sami Salo.  With 52 seconds left on the Brenden Morrow penalty, Taylor Pyatt gets 2 minutes for interference.  And just like the Ohlund penalty, the Canucks still shot the puck in the net only to have no goal called on them for the second time in the game.  This time, the Stars made no mistake and got a goal from Antti Miettinen (from Brenden Morrow and Mike Ribeiro) with just 30 seconds left on the power play.  Four minutes later, Pyatt took a second penalty, this time for hooking.  The Stars were unable to get the puck into the net.

And despite the 3-2 score, Turco really played a solid game.  It was a game full of quick passing, luck and seeing who was able to get rebounds in a good spot.  This loss puts the Stars at 2-1 on the pre-Christmas roadtrip. 

The three Stars of the game were…

  1. Daniel Sedin (2 goals)
  2. Roberto Luongo (saved 33 of 35 shots)
  3. Brenden Morrow (1 assist and 3 shots on goal)

Daniel Sedin also took 2nd star of the night on NHL.com.  The Stars remain in the top spot of the Pacific Division, the Phoenix Coyotes took the 2 points last night in a shootout win over San Jose.

Stars to face Vancouver..

December 19, 2007

So tomorrow the Stars will be facing the Vancouver Canucks for the first time since being knocked out of the first round of the playoffs.  Roberto Luongo recently returned to the net, after being out since December 8th from a bruised rib.  They are coming off a very successful win against the Devils, where they won 5-0.   The Canucks are currently 4-3-2 in the month of December, but are 1-0-1 at home.  The Stars, however, are 6-2 this month, 4 of the wins being on the road.

It will definitely prove to be a very interesting game, just as the 7-game playoff series was.  You can expect a playoff feel during this game.