Game Review – 11/07/08 (DAL at ANA)

by Chelsea

Pregame:

After throwing a total, huge, gigantic fit at the fact FSN-SW has casually decided not to air our Stars/Sharks game tomorrow (they’re showing college football instead… thanks), I settled down for some good ol’ rival-vs-rival hockey.

The game had a lot of special notes to it. Sergei Zubov was activated off IR and played for the first time in regular season since January. Mark Parrish, taken from free agency for a $500,000 1-year contract, had his first game with the Stars tonight. It was the first time meeting the Ducks since we ended their season during the playoffs. It was the first time the Stars played any of their division rivals this season.

Also, this is the first review in which I will be utilizing fancy tools such as print screen and copy/paste to bring you pictures! Blame whoever broadcasts for the poor picture quality, though.

So, alright. Puck dropped at 9:00 PM CT.

Game:

First period. Our starting line was Morrow-Ribeiro-Brunnstrom, who did well but would come to be overshadowed by our second line. Our starting defense pair was Robidas-Grossman again, who I think did a nice job despite being robbed of ice time by sneaky Russian Zubov.

The ice was on fire from the get-go, with Ducks trying to trample (unsuccessfully) the Stars, and the Stars skating with a caliber that we’ve come to miss lately. Brad Richards was the first to register a shot on goal, unfortunately stopped by Giguere. Then the Ducks pulled together a feathery charge at Turco, which brought the moment I knew that it was actually, finally Turco behind the mask.

Turco used his magnificent tumbling abilities to stop back-to-back attempts at scoring, showing a bit of the determination he’d been lacking so far this season. Yeah, Turks!

After that, something clicked in the Stars, who gained possession and gathered a couple of shots on goal and handful of good hits. Then, at 7:07, all that hard work paid off.

Mike Ribeiro, who many have accused of not being able to handle the new coverage that other teams are putting on him, used that very issue nicely to his advantage. Coming around behind Giguere’s net, he managed to draw the attention of the three Ducks and their goalie in front of the net. Two of those Ducks actually shouldered Brunnstrom out of their way in trying to cover Ribeiro. This, naturally, left Brunnstrom with a wide-open net.

Instead of trying to stuff the puck past Giguere, Ribeiro slipped it through a maze of legs to Brunnstrom. Brunnstrom, being right where he needed to be, backhanded it into the net before the Ducks could really react. 1-0 Stars! Morrow got the second assist.

Like most of their other wins this season, once ahead, the Stars would not be shaken from their lead. The Ducks frustration became apparent here (understandably, as they were behind already and had hoped for easy revenge. Oh, but if only they’d known…) and they began hitting more. Frankly, this was stupid of them, because it only took two minutes after Brunnstrom’s goal for Anaheim’s Travis Moen to get a minor penalty for elbowing.

Now, at this point, the Stars were 0-12 in their last 12 power plays. I know I had fully expected Zubov to bring his magic to the PP, but it wasn’t his presence that was felt the strongest.

At 10:44, Mark Parrish notched his first goal as a Star with his first shot on goal as a Star in his first power play as a Star in his first game as a Star.

Basically, Sean Avery pulled a Ribeiro and camped out behind the net with the puck looking for an opportunity. Parrish pulled a Morrow and camped out in front of the net waiting for said opportunity. Avery passed to Parrish, and Parrish did a successful one-timer that I have yet to actually see despite watching several replays. The puck was an unstoppable blur that put us up 2-0. Philippe Boucher got the second assist.

The next seven minutes were full of players hitting each other and players getting shots off on Turco and Turco stopping all of those shots. Also, apparently Sean Avery was sitting on the bench chirping at Chris Kunitz.  Also apparently, Chris Kunitz is easily provoked, but more on that later.

At 17:28, Anaheim’s Brendan Morrison (whose name sounds annoyingly like Brenden Morrow) cut the Stars lead in half with his first goal of the season. This goal was not a pretty one. Turco thought he had it, the Stars thought he had it, but the official and the Ducks persisted and managed to find it and put it in the net.


Way to be lookin’ all confused, Barch.  The assists went to Ryan Carter (#20) and Teemu Selanne.

With the game now 2-1, the Ducks began to build momentum to try and tie it up. Turco was forced to make more good saves, though wasn’t exactly covering his rebound, which led to having to make more good saves.

Remember that grump, Chris Kunitz? He decided to take his aggression on Avery out in the last minute of the first with a big, questionable hit that sent Avery into the boards. While Avery was trying to get the rink to stop spinning so he could stand up, Trevor Daley stormed in from nowhere and tried to beat the daylights out of Kunitz. The officials intervened, Daley gave Kunitz the dirtiest look I’ve seen this season, and Avery managed to skate himself off the ice. Daley and Kunitz each got 2 minutes for roughing, and Kunitz got a boarding penalty for the hit.

The first ended on PP for the Stars.

The first intermission was supposed to have Mark Parrish, but there were technical difficulties, so we got to watch a thing about the golf classic event. Funny clip in there with Ribeiro putting, not liking his putt, grabbing the golf ball, and sneaking a do-over.

The second period started with the Stars getting over a minute in PP time. Combining the end of the first and the Ducks having to kill a penalty with an intermission, and Duck momentum had been entirely squashed. Just to make sure it was wouldn’t be getting back up, Parrish went ahead and scored again.

Avery, not hindered by the brain-rearranging hit from earlier, was back on the ice with Parrish for the PP. When Brad Richards sent the puck from the point to Ribeiro, who seems to have directed it to Avery in front of the net, Parrish showed up and joined Avery in making a go for the puck.


It was so close, they originally gave the point to Avery. They wouldn’t correct the error until after Parrish scored again, so he didn’t really get to celebrate, but it would eventually become his point. Ribeiro and Richards got assists. The lead grew to 3-1. I think they scored with something like, five seconds left on the power play, putting us at 2-for-2 there.

Now, I’m not entirely sure what provoked it, but we got to see a rare glimpse at veteran Boucher drop the gloves and go at it with Anaheim’s Brian Sutherby behind the Stars net. Now, I love Boo, but his fighting inexperience showed. Sutherby got the majority of the punches in, and Boucher tried unsuccessfully to pull his jersey over his head. The fight did serve to build some Stars energy, however.

Now, for perhaps the funniest goal the Stars have gotten this season (Morrow on his side for second place), Scott Niedermayer tripped and fell on his butt.

To be more specific, at 5:46 Niedermayer got the puck in center ice and begun skating with it backwards into his defensive zone. At 5:47, he tripped over the blue line.


At 5:49,  Parrish swoops in like a caffeinated child and runs off, giggling, with the puck.

At 5:52, he puts it in the net, earning his sixth career hat trick. You can’t really tell by the picture, but it was a wicked shot that bounced from pipe to pipe and settled in the net behind Giguere. The goal was unassisted. Giguere responded by taking a sip from his stupid-straw, getting pulled so his backup could try to clean up his mess, and throwing a small tantrum.


Enter Jonas Hiller. He faced a 4-1 hole with a team that was growing more and more frustrated. And it was only the second period!

Mark Parrish continued celebrating being the second player this year to get a hat trick in his Dallas debut.

Stephane Robidas did something barely noticeable and got two minutes for interference. No luck for the Ducks power play, as Turco made some fabulous saves to keep their lead safe. Brenden Morrow drew a roughing call on Samuel Pahlsson, but this time the power play did not produce.

It was sometime after that that Chris Pronger got on the wrong side of Steve Ott. Everyone knows Ott is a scrappy, fighting type, and he didn’t hesitate to go after Pronger when Pronger put him into the boards and mouthed off a little.

Apparently, nobody told Otter to pick on people his own size.


Pronger managed to get a good hold on the front of Ott’s jersey, but I doubt he was expecting the staggering right hit Ott delivered to his face. The officials got in between them before any more damage could be done, and Pronger attempted (but failed) to spontaneously combust in the penalty box. Both got two minutes for roughing.

Before the period ended, Corey Perry led a 2-on-1 charge into the Stars defensive zone, with only Sean Avery and Marty Turco between him and a goal. Turco met him to stop the shot, and when the rebound got loose, stopped him again by diving out in front of him. Perry went flying and got his revenge by sitting on puck-covering Turco. Avery sat on Perry, and Grossman played goalie. Then Turco sat up, smacked Perry around a little, and the game moved on.

Second period ended.

Second intermission supposedly had Mike Modano. I missed it because I was making popcorn. Oops.

Third period. Started out with a sip of stupid from Giguere’s stupid-straw when Dallas took a penalty for having too many men on the ice only 44 seconds in. Modano heard from Parrish how much fun the box had been, so he went ‘oh, me too!’ and hi-sticked someone. Not to be outdone, Perry interfered with Brad Richards and took 2 minutes for that. Despite these three penalties, nobody scored.

I know I’ve been hard on Richards in the past, but the only thing I have to say about what he did next is, “Richards, hun, we already had a 4-2 lead. You didn’t have to go and HURT yourself.” But alright. Ott got a shot off that five-holed past Hiller, but didn’t seem to be going fast enough to still make it across the goal line unhindered. So, at 9:01 in the third, Richards sprawled across the ice to tip the puck in for a sure goal. Trevor Daley got the second assist.

I fully appreciate what Richards did, but to be fair, it seems to me like the puck was about to cross the line when he jumped in. (Highlighted Richards stick in gold, to illustrate) So, he did rob Ott of his goal, but Ott got the assist and the puck went in, so does it matter?

After that, the Ducks started mowing over anyone they saw, so Mo retreated to the penalty box (delay of game – puck over glass) and Scott Niedermayer made up a little bit for his slip-up by scoring the last goal of the game.

Eriksson tried to right that wrong by charging alone into the Ducks defensive zone multiple times, but nothing came of it. Perry cross-checked Robidas and got called on it, but our power play did not produce. We ended the game on PK, when Grossman got called for holding, but the Ducks wouldn’t manage to tie it. (or even come close, really). The game ended in a glorious 5-2 win for the Stars.

Notes:

  • Three stars of the game, in order: Mark Parrish, Brad Richards, Chris Kunitz
  • The loss was first for the Ducks since their Oct 19 loss to Carolina
  • Turco ended the game with a much-improved .913 sv%
  • The win elevated Turco’s sv% from .837 to .848 and his GAA from 4.34 to 4.11
  • The power play was 2-5 for the game. The PK was 4-5.
  • The Stars were outshot 26-30. Both Ducks goalies faced 13 shots; Giguere let in 4, Hiller let in 1.
  • Zubov led in TOI with 21:09.
  • Only the Barch-Petersen-Crombeen line finished -1. The rest of the Stars finished +1.
  • Brad Richards led in SOG, with 7.
  • Mark Parrish fired 4 shots. 3 of them went in.

SHR +/-:

Nicklas Grossman: one for being forceful and defensive; +1
Stephane Robidas: one for delivering another solid defensive game; +1
Trevor Daley: two for his assist and one for backing up Avery; +3
Mike Modano: minus-one for the stupid penalties that gave the Ducks their second goal; -1
Brenden Morrow: two for the assist and one for containing himself and not getting a single penalty; +3
Sean Avery: two for the assist, one for also containing himself, and one for provoking Kunitz; +4
Toby Petersen: minus-two for still not learning how to share the puck; -2
Loui Eriksson: two for lots and lots of effort; +2
Steve Ott: two for the assist and one for taking on Pronger; +3
Marty Turco: three for resembling himself again and delivering a solid win; +3
Mark Parrish: three for each goal, one for being funny on the bench, and one for starting in style; +11
Philippe Boucher: two for the assist, two for the fight, and minus-one for losing it; +3
Sergei Zubov: two for leading in TOI in his first game of the season, one for hitting the puck so hard he snapped his stick in half, and two because omgwemissedyou; +5
Mike Ribeiro: two for each assist and one for weirdly having more hits than Morrow; +5
Brad Richards: three for the goal, two for the assist, one for leading in SOG, one for injury concern, and minus-one for slightly robbing Ott; +6
Fabian Brunnstrom: three for the goal and one for eager effort; +4

Off Ice +/-:

Brenden Morrow: five for rocking out on the bench and singing “Rock and Roll All Nite” to himself; +5
Tobias Stephan: three for hopping up and down with the Ice Girls during the golf classic; +3

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7 Responses to “Game Review – 11/07/08 (DAL at ANA)”

  1. Ahahahaha I love the arrows and the little captions on the pictures! Most excellent!

  2. I think Morrow should get at least an extra +2 for singing “I just wanta Rock & Roll all night” with real gusto. I think he got his grove back. 🙂

  3. Both this game, and this post can be summed up in one word. AWSOME!!!!!

    LMAO, Morrow’s singing…. I KENW he was irish in there somwhere!

    Yea, Otter. Way to not back down. (but PLEASE don’t get killed).

    Now, I can start worring about tonight.

  4. What a great recap! I love the pictures. Niedermayer really DID trip over the blue line. I thought that was just a saying! 😀

  5. Cat: Thanks! I wasn’t sure how I felt about doing pictures, but maybe it’ll be a more regular thing.

    Myra: Gave him five off ice points for that! Thanks for the heads up! I missed it originally because I was on the phone with Kristine, so I’m glad you said something.

    Life_as_a_redhead: This game rocked! Its always so much more fun to write a review for a winning game. 😉 Another win tonight, Stars? Please?

    Patty: Thanks! I bet Niedermayer will watch his footing when skating backwards now!

  6. You can watch this game on the internet at…

    http://atdhe.net/

    It’s free.

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