Game Review – 11/11/08 (DAL at LAK)

by Chelsea

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Game:

Puck dropped at 9:30 PM CT. It was very weird, getting started that late.

First period was pretty boring.

Parrish found himself in the penalty box at 6:23 when the Stars got called for having too many men on the ice. At a crucial point when he should have been killing off the penalty, Mike Modano got a little clumsy and tripped a King. This gave the Kings almost a full 2 minutes of 5-on-3.

Oy. It didn’t take them 2 minutes. It took them about 10 seconds instead. At 6:50, Jared Stoll beat Turco with a slap shot that ended 1/2 of the PP. Luckily, Turco held them at 1-0 through the otherwise-successful PK.

It took about 10 minutes of them skating circles around us for Stars fans to be reminded of why exactly we so missed our veteran players. At 14:17, Jere Lehtinen managed to be in the perfect place at the right time for probably the fiftieth time in the game already. This time, it converted to points, and Lehts tied it up with help from Brad Richards and Steve Ott.

Call it home ice advantage, but that goal served to motivate the Kings more than the Stars, and they broke the tie only two minutes later when LA captain Dustin Brown scored. Anze Kopitar got the assist.

The rest of the second was a lot of “Ooh, Stars :(” and then it ended.

The second period, the Stars brought a little more fire. We were again reminded the value of our vets, with Lehtinen and Zubov cleaning up several mistakes by the rookie defense.

Zubie also pitched in at 9:46, playing monkey-in-the-middle with Mike Modano (Kings as monkeys) and the puck. It paid off, obviously confusing some part of the LA defense, and Mo was able to sneak one off past their goalie to tie it up again. Loui Eriksson got the second assist.

Sometime in the second as well, Brown did the second most annoying thing in the game, which was checking Stephane Robidas into the Kings bench. Haha, Brown, but not cool. I hope you get checked into the stands during Thursday’s game.

Second period ended 2-2.

Third looked better. More hustle on both ends. Turco did not turn the puck over with 30 seconds to go. The veterans continued to shake off what little rust they’d gathered.

Then Brown did the single most annoying thing he’d do ever, which is attempt to bash in the skull of Mike Ribeiro. Ribs fired a shot, Brown decided that he was just vulnerable enough in doing so that he could knock him horribly off balance so he rammed him but Ribs had turned and ended up with an awful gash above his left eye.

I wanted to puke when they showed Ribeiro removing his helmet and the inside was filled with blood. I don’t care if he has been a stupid, immature “diver” in the past, but you can’t deny that he was bleeding all over the ice. It may have been a clean hit, but it was a careless one.

Rightfully so, Morrow skated over and pummeled Brown with a look on his face that said, “Why is my Ribbons bleeding and how hard do I have to punch you to produce the same effect?” Brown tried to get a few hits in, but seemed a bit stunned.

So, this all happened in the final 2 minutes, and both Morrow and Brown were assessed penalties to match. Brown got 5 for boarding, 5 for fighting, and a game misconduct. Morrow got 2 for instigating, 5 for fighting, and a game misconduct. Rules state that instigating during the end of a game like that will get you a 1-game suspension and your coach a $10,000 fine, but the NHL appealed it in consideration of the spirit in which the altercation took place. So, alright.

Started OT on a PP. No goal.

Went into shootout.

After two rounds, it was 1-2 Kings and 0-2 Stars, and who would be left to take the deciding shot but… Ribeiro! In a lovely, spiteful move that he learned from healthy scratch BJ Crombeen, Ribeiro kept the Stars in the game by scoring (and then shushing the taunting LA bench).

Unfortunately, another King scored but Eriksson and Modano could not, so the Kings walked off with 2 points. Ouch.

Notes:

  • Three stars of the game, in order: Kingsguy, Modano, Kingsguy
  • Turco let in only 2 goals for the third game in a row.
  • This was the first game of the season for Jere Lehtinen, who has been struggling with a lower body injury.
  • Toby Petersen finally did something helpful, winning 3 out of 4 faceoffs. I guess being on a line with Sean Avery has its advantages.
  • Speaking of lines, we at SHR love how Tippett keeps them the same during practice, only to start switching things up 10 minutes into the game.
  • The Stars were outshot 21-26 and outhit 36-30.
  • Loui Eriksson led the team in shots, with 4. Sometimes I wonder if the other players shouldn’t be following Loui’s example more; he pushes hard to the net, and has a determination similar to captain Brenden Morrow.
  • Stephane Robidas led in hits, with 6.
  • Sergei Zubov led in ice time, with an impressive 25 minutes.
  • Conclusion: Very hard to write a review for the game that solidified our spot at the body of the Pacific division. On the positive side, the Stars are (again) looking more like the team we saw in the playoffs. On the negative side again, how many games do we stop saying that they’re looking more like the team we saw in the playoffs and start asking if we just aren’t that team anymore? On the positive side again, Turco made it through an entire game without mishandling the puck, which is a good sign.

SHR +/-:

Nicklas Grossman: one for a solid game; +1
Stephane Robidas: two for all the hits and one for looking like a totally unfazed prairie dog after being knocked into the LA bench; +3
Matt Niskanen: two for looking considerably less timid, minus-one for still having some major goof-ups, and minus-one for being unable to play competently unless Zubov is out there; +0
Trevor Daley: one for a solid game and one for lots of fun sliding blocked shots; +2
Mike Modano: three for the goal, minus-one for yet another stupid penalty, and minus-one for being so inconsistent lately; +1
Brenden Morrow: two for the fight, one for winning it, and one for being an excellent captain; +4
Krys Barch: an unfortunately necessary minus-one for being the only person on the team to end the game in the negative for +/-; -1
Toby Petersen: one for rocking faceoffs, minus-one for STILL not knowing how to share the puck; +0
Loui Eriksson: two for the assist and one for leading in shots; +3
Jere Lehtinen: three for the goal, one for being rustless, one for cleaning up defensively, and one for style; +6
Steve Ott: two for the assist; +2
Marty Turco: two for a good game but minus-one for a less than stellar shootout; +1
Philippe Boucher: two for hitting lots of people and blocking lots of shots; +2
BJ Crombeen: two for coming up with the shootout move that Ribeiro used and one for offering it to him; +3
Sergei Zubov: two for the assist and one for solid defense; +3
Mike Ribeiro: two for the shootout goal, one pity/panic point for the injury and consequent stitches, and one for style; +4
Brad Richards: two for the assist; +2

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