Game Review – 11/15/08 (DAL at PHX)

by Chelsea

Game:

Putting aside the Boucher-Sydor trade craze for a moment, one recalls that we did actually just win an important game yesterday.

The puck dropped at 7:00 PM CT at the Jobing.com Center in Phoenix, kicking off a game against two Pacific division rivals.

It was airing on KDFI instead of FSN-SW, and while I’m still annoyed at FS about the Sharks thing, at least they didn’t have a few seconds of black screen every five minutes. That got frustrating.

Tippett considerably juggled the lines, putting out Morrow-Modano-Lehtinen as our starting line. The second line was Avery-Richards-Parrish, the third was Brunnstrom-Petersen-Eriksson, and the fourth was Ott-Ribeiro-Barch. I was pretty happy with this, because it meant a little more ice time for Barch and Brunnstrom. Defensive pairings were Robidas-Daley, Grossman-Zubov, and Niskanen-Janik.

The game itself did not start out so hot for our Stars. Thirty seconds in, Coyote Olli Jokinen struck Dallas defenseman Trevor Daley across the face with his stick. Blood was drawn, fans were alarmed, and Jokinen was given a double hi-sticking. This gave us a full 4 minutes of 5-on-4 with which to take the lead.

As the minutes ticked by, there were painfully few SOG for the Stars. In fact, the only true scoring chance was in the last twenty seconds of the PP when Steve Ott nearly deflected a shot from Ribeiro past Ilya Bryzgalov. It was blocked, and the game continued scoreless.

The first period continued on without points on the board, but also showed a distinctive change in the Stars play. We were directing instead of chasing, and it’d pay off shortly.

Around 11:03, Ribeiro got a hilariously awesome scoring chance when he dropped the puck between his own legs and flipped it from there up into Bryzgalov’s face. Highlight-reel wonderful.

The actual goal started off with some good ol’ fashioned Turco puckhandling behind his net, sending the puck to Robi and then Eriksson. Eriksson and Ribeiro carried it out of their zone and through center ice. Eriksson swept the puck up (possibly deflecting it off the Phoenix goalie) into the net to take an early lead.

The goal came at 17:06, with Mike Ribeiro getting the first assist and Stephane Robidas the second.

The first period ended, and in the first intermission Ralph interviewed… Coyote captain Shane Doan. Supposedly as a favor to Razor, who was MIA during the entire thing. Doan jokes that he felt obligated because of Razor’s three Emmy’s. We find out that Turco said he likes playing against Doan and Doan says Turco is one tough cookie. (My words, not his). They talk about the Coyotoes and the playoffs and Ralph asks if Doan’s ever won an Emmy, to which he replies, “I dont even know what they look like.” So basically nothing to do with us, but still funny.

The second period kicked off with the same momentum we’d seen building in the first. Coyotes Kevin Porter did have a near-breakaway, but his shot was blocked by a dive-and-slide by Robidas. Seconds later, Barch forcefully upended Steven Reinprecht in center ice, turning him into Coyote kibble.


I love Barch, so I was a little annoyed when Doan went and smashed him into the boards. Just sticking up for his teammate, I guess.

Reinprecht got good revenge, unfortunately, putting the puck behind Turco without any real challenge from our defense. Keith “Jillian” Yandle and Shane Doan got the assists.

Avery got tired right about here and tried to hitch a ride on Yandle by clinging to the back of his jersey. Shockingly, they called him on holding. Turco performed excellently and held the game at a tie through the Coyotes power play.

I guess Phoenix’s Viktor Tikhonov was so annoyed that he felt like hooking Avery, so he did, and we went on the PP. Less than a minute later, at 8:13, Parrish deflected a Zubov slap shot for a PP goal. Ribeiro got the second assist.

3/4 of the way through the second, Carcillo started trying to pick a fight with Steve Ott after Ott knocked him silly in the corner. Carcillo pushed and shoved but got nothing from Ott but a few choice words. Barch skated over and got between them with his gigantic self and looked all intimidating (or, as Razor said, “Here comes the stars cop, like ‘no, you don’t'”). Carcillo fought the official, trying to get at Barch and Ott, who stood there and chirped at him. Ott and Carcillo both got unsportsmanlike conduct minors.

It may have been a move to chill them both out, but the officials didn’t plan that very well. Both exited the box at the same time, and ended up “chucking knuckles” within seconds. Despite some issues with his shoulder gear, Ott still put in some solid hits. Both got 5 for fighting.

A few moments later, at 19:05, Mike Ribeiro did something clever. Again. He’s always clever, but yeah. He carried the puck into the Coyote’s defensive zone, hesitated, and tried a slap shot. It was pretty uncharacteristic, and provided a wonderful cheesy rebound. Petersen shuffled for the puck, getting it around Bryzgalov to Eriksson, who netted it for his second in the game.

Despite the best efforts of Zubov and Turco, the two-point lead was quickly notched down by a Coyotes goal at 19:22 by Kevin Porter with assists from Mikkel Boedker and Martin Hanzal.

Second period ended.

Ott interview in the second intermission, where he mentions that he didn’t want to fight Carcillo because it could give the Coyotes momentum to tie the game, but had just had enough. Way to use good judgement, Otter.

Third period started.

Hanzal is a fun name, but not a fun guy. He laid out Brunnstrom in center ice early in the third, angering us at SHR and apparently Toby Petersen (who I think only gets along with Swedes). The camera moved away, so I’m not sure what happened, but apparently Petersen skated up to challenge Hanzal. Petersen got two minutes for slashing and Hanzal two for elbowing. Sounds like a fun confrontation.

The rest of the period was less exciting. Sean Avery got another stupid penalty, but we killed it off to maintain our 3-2 lead.

At the end of the game, Olli Jokinen had a key chance to tie it up and force an overtime when the Coyotes went open net. He was thwarted by Turco, who kicked the puck away for the first save and protected their win with his goalie stick for the second.


Win (and two points) for the Dallas Stars! Much-needed, to say the least.

Notes:

  • Three game stars (in order): Mike Ribeiro, Loui Eriksson, Daniel Carcillo
  • It was a three-point game for Ribeiro, who had an assist in each goal. It was Eriksson’s second 2-goal game this season.
  • Marty Turco stopped 25 in 27 shots, raising his sv% to .870.
  • Both of Petersen’s only two assists this season have come off goals by Swedish players (Brunnstrom and Eriksson)
  • This was Doug Janik’s second game with the Stars, having left the first five minutes in with a nasty facial laceration. He played a solid game, putting in 12:49 in ice time and ending the game +1.
  • Sergei Zubov now has points in each of the last 3 games.
  • The Stars won 71% of their faceoffs, led by Mike Modano, who won 14 in 16 for 88%.
  • Stephane Robidas led in shots and blocked shots, with 4 and 6 respectively.
  • Conclusion: Maybe just a small step up, but this win showed that the Stars are practicing what they’re preaching; simple, tightly defensive hockey, earning every step forward.

SHR +/-:

Nicklas Grossman: minus-one for ending the game -2; -1
Stephane Robidas: two for the assist, one for leading in shots and blocked shots, and one for work ethic; +4
Matt Niskanen: one for pleasantly surprising us; +1
Mike Modano: one for absolutely owning in the faceoff circle; +1
Brenden Morrow: one for leading by example and one for going the entire game without screwing up passes; +2
Krys Barch: one for being the Stars cop and one for leading the team in takeaways; +2
Sean Avery: minus-two for not improving in his weakness (stupid penalties) when the rest of the team did; -2
Toby Petersen: two for the assist, minus-one for his huge turnover at our blue line, and one for standing up for Bunny; +2
Loui Eriksson: three for each goal and one for just playing so well lately; +7
Steve Ott: one for trying to keep himself out of the penalty box and one for sticking up for himself in the end anyway; +2
Doug Janik: one for having a very solid game back; +1
Marty Turco: three for letting in only two goals in four of the last five games; +3
Mark Parrish: three for the goal; +3
Philippe Boucher: five for being scratched because he was being traded and awww, Boooo, we’ll miss youuuu; +5
Sergei Zubov: two for the assist; +2
Mike Ribeiro: two for each assist and one for style/creativity; +7

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2 Responses to “Game Review – 11/15/08 (DAL at PHX)”

  1. I’ve been serioulsy getting really annoyed with Fox Sports lack of coverage for a few games.

    Here’s my problem. I get home a little late from whatever and see that the game is recording, awesome.

    I wait till the kiddos are in bed (don’t like taking time away from the kids), and go the list screen on my DVR to find that there was no game recording at all!

    It says that the Stars are playing, but not so.

    I guess I wouldn’t mind if the listing would be adjusted so as not to tease me that the game has been recording after all.

    Just rambling really.

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