Game Review – 10/18/08 (DAL vs COL)

by Chelsea

Game:

So. This game review is going to be short, simply because I can only put so much detail in describing another painful loss.

Started out decently. Our defense was all over the Avalanche.

It was good to see Steve Ott back. He proved his health only 2:30 into the game by putting a major whooping on Ian Laperriere. Laperriere fell over, and Ott picked him up so he could keep hitting him. It was beautiful.

Though the game was defenseman Doug Janik’s debut with the Stars (Mark Fistric sat out as a healthy scratch), he was only able to tally five minutes before removed from the game. When another player’s stick snapped in half, part went whizzing into Janik’s face, and he left the ice bloodied, presumably for stitches. No word on his condition otherwise.

Coloroado, unfortunately scored on Turco at 6:44, worsening things. Ouch. Milan Hejduk with the goal, Paul Stastny with the assist.

Another fight broke out at 7:26, this time between Nicklas Grossman and Cody McCormick. Grossman trampled him.

Two more penalties occurred – Trevor Daley for holding the stick at 12:20 and Avalanche Adam Foote at 15:32 for hooking.

Foote probably felt pretty bad when Fabian “Tiebreaker Hat Trick Too-Many-Nicknames Bunny” Brunnstrom capitalized on that power play. He tipped it into the net at 16:25, with assists from Brenden Morrow and Brad Richards. It was a nice goal, with a highly-impressive pass from Morrow that shot behind him and between the legs of an Avalanche, straight to Brunnstrom.

Thus ended the first.

The second gave me a headache. Well, I gave me a headache from all the banging my head against a wall, but that was the second period’s fault.

To summarize:
– James Neal Scores At 0:13 and Gives Us All Hope. (Mike Modano and BJ Crombeen for the assists)
– Colorado Scores Three Times and Makes Us All Cry (Milan Hejduk with assists from Joe Sakic and Stastny, Ryan Smyth with assists from John-Michael Liles and Sakic, Tyler Arnason with assist from Wojtek Wolski)
– Stars Spend 13 Minutes In The Penalty Box (Trevor Daley with 2 minutes for hooking, Stephane Robidas with 2 minutes for hooking, BJ Crombeen with 5 minutes for fighting, Mike Ribeiro with 2 minutes for hi-sticking, and Nicklas Grossman with 2 minutes for holding)
– BJ Crombeen Kicks Cody McLeod’s Butt, Throwing His Helmet Half-Way Across The Ice
– Stars Sink Into 5-2 Hole

As if the second period wasn’t hard enough, we found out in the second intermission that Brenden Morrow cut all his hair off. 😦

The Stars rallied for the third, claiming two goals within the first ten minutes.

The first came from Loui Eriksson at 2:00, the first of the season for him. Mike Ribeiro and Sean Avery got assists. The second came from Brad Richards at 6:47, with assists from Robidas and Eriksson.

Brenden Morrow nearly tied it, but his goal was declared no good when the replay showed it bouncing off his glove into the net. By the time they’d finished deciding this, the Stars momentum was lost. In his frustration, Morrow got himself 2 minutes for unsportsmanlike conduct and 2 for slashing.

Despite going open net (and nearly getting scored on about four times), the Stars did not manage to score again, and ended the game at a 5-4 loss.

Notes:

  • The game’s three stars were, in order: Milan Hejduk, Brad Richards, Ryan Smyth
  • Turco’s sv% for the game was .772. His sv% for the season is .814, with a painful 4.70 GAA.
  • The top line was broken up for the game, separating Morrow and Ribeiro. The day’s top line was, again, Neal-Modano-Crombeen.
  • Once again, Joel Lundqvist led in hits, with 4.
  • Mike Ribeiro is now at 299 career NHL points. Mike Modano is at 1,288.
  • Robidas led in shifts and ice time, with 31 shifts and 29 minutes.
  • The Stars came ahead in faceoffs, with 52% win.
  • However, the Avalanche outshot the Stars 30-22.
  • Conclusion: If we played all of all of our games like we played the third period of this one, we might see a lot more points on the board.
Official SHR +/-:

Nicklass Grossman: three for the nice fight and good defense; +3
Stephane Robidas: two for the assist and one for valiantly retrieving a puck he turned over; +3
Matt Niskanen: two for good defense; +2
Trevor Daley: minus-two for a stupid penalty that allowed COL to score; -2
Mike Modano: two for the assist and one for style; +3
Brenden Morrow: two for the assist, one for the almost-goal, and one for acting more like the fiery Morrow from last year; +4
Sean Avery: two for the assist and minus-two each time he took a shot at an Avalanche player instead of the net; -2
James Neal: three for the goal; +3
Loui Eriksson: three for the goal, two for the assist, and one for high-energy throughout; +6
Jere Lehtinen: one for being sorely missed; +1
Steve Ott: two for the nice fight; +2
Doug Janik: three for impressive defense and one pity point for the injury; +4
Marty Turco: three for a very nice third period, minus-two for a horrible second period, and minus-two for leaving the net open at stupid times to try to play the puck; -1
BJ Crombeen: two for the nice fight and two for the assist; +4
Sergei Zubov: one for being sorely missed; +1
Mike Ribeiro: two for the assist; +2
Brad Richards: two for the assist, three for the goal, and one for effort; +6
Fabian Brunnstrom: three for the goal and one for effort; +4

Off Ice +/-:
Brenden Morrow: minus-one for cutting all his hair off; -1
Fabian Brunnstrom: five for packing burgers at Burger King to pay the bills before reaching the NHL; +5

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