Posts Tagged ‘detroit red wings’

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!

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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.

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

Back to Detroit we go

May 15, 2008

Finally, the Stars outplayed the Wings.  I never thought I’d see this day!  Marty got his 3rd win of his career against those blasted Red Wings.  Could the 3rd time be a charm?  I’m not saying we’re going to come back and win the next 3, but could this 3rd win finally get that monkey off his back and him not be beat every time?

Being backed up against the elimination wall seems to bode well for most teams.  The Stars finally did what they needed to do to get the win we so desperately needed.  And I’m not going to lie, we did get some help from the officials (IE: the no goal)  My stand on that goal is that, yes, I am glad we finally got a call in our favor, but this does not mean I agree with the call.  We have to admit it, that was a bogus call.  Probably a make up call from the goal that was allowed in Game 1. 

Dallas goals were scored by Loui Eriksson (yay swedish fish), Modano (MOJANGLES!!) and Brenden Morrow (Morrownatorrrr!).  My favorite thing ever was Brenden mentioning his ‘spin-around’ he did in the penalty box when he took that penalty at the end of the game.  Oh I wish I could’ve seen that.

I apologize if this seems scatterbrained and incomplete, I think my dog is going into labor so I’m a bit of a mess.

Game 4 tonight

May 14, 2008

So tonight is Game 4 of the Wings-Stars series.  The Stars season could end tonight, or could be extended to at least Saturday for a Game 5.  The game is broadcast on Versus, if you are in the D/FW metorplex and don’t have Versus, they are still holding watching parties for home games in the AT&T Plaza outside the AAC. 

For those attending the game, I just have one plea: no matter the outcome, no matter if we are playing hard, making mistakes, not converting on a power play, please do not boo the players.  I heard the booing Monday.  And if this does infact end up being the Stars last home game, do you really want their last memory of their home crowd being the crowd booing them?  Just cheer them on like you’ve never cheered them before!  I have faith. 

As for me, I’m just going to watch this game and enjoy the little things that make me love this team more and more everytime I see them play.  The way Mojangles jersey waves behind him like a little mini-mo flag, the way Ribeiro can lull the other team to sleep with his fancy schmancy plays, the way Morrownator can Morrownate anyone, and the fantastic saves Marty can make when the game is on the line.  Despite the score, I will find the greatness in this team tonight.

So, I’m not even sure what to say

May 13, 2008

Stars are now down 3-0 in the series after a 5-2 loss last night.  Only 2 teams in the history of the NHL have come back after going down 3-0.  As much as I love my team, I don’t see that happening against the Red Wings.  Granted, I’m still praying for a miracle.  The Red Wings team is a far too skilled, puck-possession team.  (Do you know how much it pains me to say that?)  The injuries that have plagued the Stars all season aren’t helping either.  While we were able to get through a few, having Lehtinen, Barnes and Boucher out at once, well we are definitely feeling that.

The Stars started out strong last night.  Nicklas Grossman scored his first NHL goal ever 15 minutes into the 1st period.  Unfortunately, his goal was bookended by goals from Datsyuckie.  Brad Richards managed to tie the game back up 3 minutes into the 2nd, but Jiri Hudler gave the Wings another lead less than 10 minutes later.

In the third period, Jitterbug gave the Wings a 2 goal lead with a short-handed goal just 1:33 into the period.  Pavel Datsyuk finished up the night with a hat trick, making the final score 5-2.

Stars head home down 2-0

May 11, 2008

Being that it’s Mother’s Day, I’m going to keep this a tad short.

Despite a 2-1 loss to the Wings last night, it’s definitely not over.  The Stars looked like they finally hadthemselves together.  They played tighter, and managed to keep the puck away from the Wings a good amount of time.

I’m really glad Brad Winchester is getting some playoff time now, he played extremely well against the Wings last night.  Jere Lehtinen left the game with a leg injury, and they used Eriksson on the Morrow-Ribeiro line.  Again, how many times are we going to try this combination?  It’s never really ‘clicked’ like the Morrow-Ribeiro-Miettinen line did.

The lone Dallas goal came from one of the top players this playoffs, Stéphane Robidas.  And extremely fitting that 2 of the other best players got the assists, Brenden Morrow and Mike Ribeiro.  Marty Turco, yet again, was great.  It’s really saddening that with his great play, he still has a 0 in the win column at the Joe.  Fistric was a healthy scratch, and they played Niskanen instead.  I was a tad worried, because Niskanen hasn’t been the best in the playoffs.  However, he really impressed me.  I guess the healthy scratches for a few games gave him some insight.

In other news, Brenden Morrow’s wife, Anne-Marie, gave birth to 2 bouncing babies today.  A boy (Brady) and a girl (Mallory).  (Info thanks to Heika)

That was painful

May 9, 2008

Extremely.  Stars fall 1-0 in the series after being dominated 4-1 by the Wings.  So what went wrong?  As Tippett put it after the game, you can’t put this loss on Turco, this time it was the people in front of him.

Maybe they weren’t completely recovered from the quadruple overtime played Sunday night/Monday morning.  I’m going to just tell myself that was it.  Everyone looked sluggish and spent a lot of the time standing around.  The loss on this game is completely on the Stars unable to get done what needed to be done.  Not to discredit the Red Wings, however, because they are a good good team.  The Stars hardly put up a fight though, and in doing that allowed the Red Wings to step all over them. 

So what about Saturday?  The Stars aren’t going to lay down and just let the Wings step all over them again.  I’m fully expecting them to regroup and come back as the team we saw in the first 2 rounds.  Mike Babcock mentioned that in his post game interview, that he thinks they were still a little fatigued from the draining game 6 against the Sharks and expects to come back full force Saturday.  I appreciate you giving us the benefit of the doubt Babcock.  It makes me think you might not actually be a minion of Satan.

So here’s to putting this game behind us and starting anew Saturday, please.

TO DO:

  • Not take so many penalties, especially early
  • Stop turning the puck over
  • Move the feet
  • Score goals
  • Give Turco the support he needs ALL the time

What will it take?

May 6, 2008

So I’m sure it’s no secret, I am terrified about playing the Red Wings in the Western Conference Finals. They are all that stand between the Stars and the Stanley Cup Finals. I have a good reason to be terrified, it’s no secret Turco hasn’t been the best against this team. The great thing about the playoffs is anything can happen. I mean, look at Marty’s numbers in playoff games previous to this year, not exactly fantastic (with the exception of last year.) This year, that’s all out the window. They are erasing the past and trying to work with a clean slate.

Despite already eliminating the defending Stanley Cup champions and the team picked to win the Stanley Cup this year, this will be their toughest series yet. I’ve said it before, that in Round 1 the Nashville Predators showed the Red Wings are beatable. However, the young Preds were unable to match the Vets on the Wings.

I’ll be honest that I didn’t watch a lot of the Avs-Wings series. And why would I? I hate both teams almost equally. However, I did read about the Avs having a lot of injury issues, which I do think hurt them a lot. Despite that, the Wings sweeping them was no fluke. There is a reason they finished as the best team in the league. So what are the Stars going to have to do to shut this team down? They only managed to do it 1 time this season out of 4 games and of course that was during the Red Wings slump while Lidstrom (among others) were out injured.

Whatever odd hold the Red Wings have over Marty Turco’s fantastic Smarty Marty brain will have to disappear. Marty has managed to get a lot of the monkeys off his back so far and I think this is another he’s going to have to work hard to get rid of. Osgood and Hasek are good, great even. (Boy it pains me to say that) but Marty is good enough to stand equal and sometimes even above them.

Our young defense and the rest of the team are going to have to work on shutting down Detroit’s top scorers of the post season; one namely being Johan Franzen. Holy shit that dude is good. I mean, 2 hat tricks in one series? How often does that happen? We can not, of course, leave out Zetterberg and Datsyuk. Oh hell, they’re going to have to watch that entire team. The entire team is a well oiled machine, and every cog has an important role to get and prevent what matters in these games: goals.

Brenden Morrow is going to have to continue being Brenden Morrow, and I don’t see that being a problem. That guy has played with his heart every time he hits the ice. He is the heart and soul and will be the one to lead this team into Joe Louis to try to come home with a win or two.

Special teams are going to be a huge huge part of this series, just as it is every other series. The Stars can not take as many penalties as they did early in the series with San Jose. Our PK is amazing, don’t get me wrong, but you can only kill so many before the other team will dig and dig and get that PP goal. Our PP will also have to be on. The Wings are a stingy stingy team, and it won’t be easy getting pucks towards the net.

With all this said, do I think it’s possible the Stars can shake whatever hold the Red Wings have had on them and pull it out? Yes I do, but it isn’t going to be easy. This will be a long, tough series. Probably will go to 7 games. But if the Stars that played that marathon Sunday night/Monday morning show, the Stars have the ability to take it in 7.

Want info from the other side? Check out these Red Wings blogs
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