Game Review – 10/11/08 (DAL at NSH)

by Chelsea

Game:

I’ll start off by saying that I really do not like what I’m having to write tonight. The Stars disappointed. I was hoping to have good news, but not this time.

We took on the Nashville Predators in Tennessee tonight, with Morrow-Ribeiro-Petersen as our top line. I guess the coaches were feeling the same lack of chemistry that we were with Ott in that position. I just think we need Lehtinen back.

It only took the Predators 45 seconds to score, Shea Weber getting a goal off an assist from Jason Arnott and JP Dumont. It only took us 75 seconds to catch up, with Trevor Daley getting another nice slapshot through a maze of bodies. After that, though, Dallas took a handful of penalties, including a game misconduct that got Sean Avery removed for the rest of the game for fighting when another fight was already taken place. If ever there was a stupid penalty…

The Predators answered our answer at 10:54 on a power play, with Arnott camping out in front of Turco, prepared for the perfect opportunity. He got one, with help from teammates Dumont and Martin Erat.

Mark Fistric and BJ Crombeen both took penalties for slashing, but our PK did its job, and the first period ended at 2-1.

The second period was less eventful. Neither teams scored, though most of the play was in our defensive zone. Turnovers, giveaways, and bad passes ran wild. Stephane Robidas got himself two penalties for hooking and tripping, including a strange “double-hooking” with the Predator’s Jerred Smithson.

During the second intermission, Robidas got himself a certificate for the Silver Fox Steakhouse by doing an interview in which he explained not all the Stars were on board with the work ethic. Maybe not the nicest thing to say about your team, maybe he’s just expecting everyone to throw their hearts on the ice like he does, but I 100% agree.

Third period took an even bigger nose dive. Mike Ribeiro got dropped in the penalty box for slashing, and looked very grumpy about it. Ryan Suter spent some time for holding after he grabbed Brad Richards by the waist and then pushed him over. Not how you’re supposed to get possession of the puck, Suter. Then, with four minutes left to tie it up, Steve Ott made his second game-screwing mistake of the season by getting a hi-sticking penalty. He felt horribly about it. I know this because he gave the camera a very pathetic, “I hate myself” look right before he flung the towel over it.

Rightfully so, because it was on that PP that Jason Arnott grabbed his third and final goal. Assists came, again, from Dumont and Erat.

Turco left the net with a little under two minutes to go, but we still didn’t score. Heck, we still struggled to get possession.  Predators won, 3-1.

Notes:

  • Dallas is now 0-1-1. Not so hot.
  • Game stars were (in order): Jason Arnott (NSH), JP Dumont (NSH), Dan Ellis (NSH)
  • The highlight of the game was Trevor Daley. He got the team’s only goal, worked hard defensively, and whipped up on Jordin Tootoo all night.
  • I can’t put all the blame on Marty Turco, but he still deserves some of it. The defense failed at keeping the puck away from the crease, but Turco failed at keeping it out. His Sv% for the two games is now .864, with a 3.90 GAA.
  • The Predator’s Arnott was celebrating his 34th birthday in style, with 2 goals and 1 assist.
  • Conclusion: Sloppy, sloppy, sloppy.

Official SHR +/-:

Nicklas Grossman: two for helping Turco clear the crease and minus-one for otherwise sloppy defense; +1
Stephane Robidas: two for his shot-stopping dive in the second period and minus-one for hooking; +1
Trevor Daley: three for the goal, two for style, and two for each time he kicked Tootoo’s butt; +9
Mike Modano: one for actually taking shots at the goal; +1
Brenden Morrow: two for the assist, two for good gameplay, and minus-one for a bad turnover; +3
Sean Avery: minus-two for each set of stupid penalty minutes he earned; -6
Steve Ott: two for the assist, two for putting Tootoo in a headlock, one for going 3-0 on face-offs, minus-two for the stupid penalty, and one for the sad “towel, meet camera” moment in the box; +4
Marty Turco: three for some good saves, two for hitting Tootoo, two for throwing his goalie stick at Tootoo, and minus-one for every goal he could have stopped; +5
Joel Lundqvist: one for leading the team in hits; +1
Philippe Boucher: two for good hustle and defense; +2
Mike Ribeiro: minus-two for lack of impact; -2
Brad Richards: minus-two for lack of impact; -2

**First Off-Ice Points of 08-09***
Stephane Robidas: for his interview in the second intermission, saying that not all the Stars were on board with a strong work ethic (points earned for saying it, having the guts to say it, being right in saying it, and saying it so nicely that you barely notice he’s calling out his own teammates); +4

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