Posts Tagged ‘Calgary Flames’

Stars still on fire

February 5, 2009

The Stars fire was no match for that of the Flames, as the Stars beat them 3-1 Tuesday. 

Calgary got on the board first, with a power play goal from Michael Cammalleri just under 7 minutes into the game.   With under a minute remaining, Jere Lehtinen tied it up on the Stars power play with a tip-in. Only one goal was scored during the second period, and that was ANOTHER power play goal from rookie James Neal.   And to put the finishing touches, with just over 3 minutes remaining in the game, Brad Richards made it 3-1, which would remain the final score.

The Stars came out hard, and stayed persistant, winning a lot of puck battles and kept the Flames scoring chances to a minimum.  When he needed to make a save Marty Turco was there and looked like the great goalie he was last year in the playoffs.  They are definitely looking good right now.

(I apologize for this being so late.  I had every intention to update last night, but got distracted by the internet, mostly by failblog and this gem on youtube.)

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Holy cow, Stars win 2 in a row

December 3, 2008

For the first time since February, the Stars have managed to string together 2 wins.  I am in shock and I am excited!!  The Flames had been on a 3-game win streak, and had been playing pretty well!

Marty stepped up to help keep us in the game, especially in the second period.  Our defense definitely weren’t up to par, but Marty was there to make those saves we had become accustomed to him making last season.

The Stars never trailed in this game, I can’t remember the last time I said that.  They left the first period up 1-0 with a goal from Toby Petersen.  Then left the second period up 2-1 thanks to Fabian Brunnstrom.  Loui Eriksson sealed the deal in the last 15 seconds of the game with an empty net goal to make the final 3-1.

Is this what a confident team looks like?  I had forgotten.  Could this rally be because Avery wasn’t there?  That is entirely possible.  After watching this TSN video, it does seem Avery wasn’t too popular in the locker room.

Stars are going to face the Edmonton Oilers tonight in Edmonton, let’s cross our fingers.

Another 1 goal game in Flames favor

February 22, 2008

As I expected, the game ended up being decided by 1 goal, which gave the Flames the win with a score of 3-2.  Also as I expected Alex Tanguay made a big impact, scoring 2 of their 3 goals.

Tanguay scored 13 minutes into the first.  That led to a pinball effect between the two teams, with Hagman getting the tying goal 16 seconds into the second period.  Mattias Norstrom got his first goal as a Star just under 2 minutes into the third.  His goal, however, was bookended by a short handed goal from Alex Tanguay and an even strengthed goal from Jarome Iginla. 

Despite losing, the Stars really did play a good game, just made a few mistakes that really cost them.  Getting closer and closer to the playoffs and playing a team fighting just to get a playoff spot, small mistakes need to be avoided at all costs.

Three stars of the game were

  1. Alex Tanguay
  2. Niklas Hagman
  3. Jarome Iginla

Final match up between the Stars and Flames

February 20, 2008

Tonight the Stars will host the Flames for the final time this season.  The previous 3 match ups were all 1-goal games, however Stars were able to edge out the Flames, being 2-0-1 so far in the series.  Stars have managed to score 7 goals in the previous 3 meetings, Flames able to get 6 goals.  I expect tonight to be another extremely close game.

Ten Flames players have managed to earn a point against the Stars so far, the most being from Alex Tanguay (1 goal, 2 assists) and Matthew Lombardi (3 goals), so look to them to make the impact tonight.

Stars are 9-1-0 in their last ten while the Flames are 5-5-0.  Both teams are coming off a win (Stars with their 1-0 win over Detroit and Flames with a 4-1 win over the Phoenix Coyotes.

With the way the Stars have been playing, I expect they’ll take the 2 points tonight.

Stars go 3-0 on western Canada roadtrip

February 3, 2008

jussihags.jpgSo 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:

  1. Mike Ribeiro
  2. Marty Turco
  3. 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

  1. Marty Turco
  2. Jarome Iginla
  3. 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.

Stars end road trip with 3-2 win in Calgary

December 22, 2007

So the Stars managed to pull out a 3-1 for their pre-Christmas road trip before heading back home.

Dallas started the scoring just under 3 minutes into the first, when Ribeiro got a puck past Mikka Kiprusoff with assist from the rest of the PBC line, Brenden Morrow and Antti Miettinen.  Calgary got 2 points on the board during the 2nd with goals from Alex Tanguay (with assist from Dustin Boyd  and  Robyn Regehr) and  Matthew Lombardi (with assists from Dion Phaneuf  and  Adrian Aucoin).  The Stars tied it up 4 minutes into the 3rd with a goal from Niklas Hagman with assists from Loui Eriksson and Trevor Daley.  All it took was less than a minute of overtime for Ribeiro to find the net again,this time from Sergei Zubov.

The Stars were very fun to watch last night.  The only bad thing about the game?  Mattias Norstrom left with a lower-body injury.  Hopefully he is okay and we don’t have to play without him for an extended period of time.  Good thing they called up Fistric before the freeze.

The three Stars of the night were:

  1. Alex Tanguay – 1 goal
  2. Niklas Hagman – 1 goal
  3. Dion Phaneuf – 1 assist

Okay, seriously? Mike Rogers from Fan 960 Radio, are you crazy?  Mike Ribeiro wasn’t in the top 3 stars WHY?  At least the NHL got it right and named him 2nd star of the night.

Sid the Kid/Stars take on Calgary

December 21, 2007

So Sid “The Kid” Crosby got into his first ever NHL fight last night against Andrew Ference of the Boston Bruins.  That’s really all I have to say about it. 

Tonight the Stars take on the Calgary Flames.  The Flames are coming off a VERY successful roadtrip, winning all 6 of their road games.  Hopefully the Stars are able to stop that momentum and start a winning streak of their own.  Of course, Smith will be starting in goal since Turco started last night.