Game Review – 11/24/08 (DAL vs PHI)

by Chelsea

Game:

Philadelphia Flyers vs Dallas Stars.

At 3:17, scoring opened in favor of the Flyers, whose first SOG of the night went zooming past Turco. After Nicklas Grossman got plastered in the corner, Scottie Upshall was left perfectly open in front of the net for a pass from Joffrey Lupul. Turco was in the wrong side of his crease and didn’t manage to make the save.

At 11:33, Landon Wilson tied the game at 1-1. The only assist went to Darryl Sydor, who retrieved the puck from the boards and sent it towards Flyers netminder Martin Biron. Wilson picked it up from there to throw it in the net for his first NHL goal in four years.

It seemed like the period would end in a tie, but at 16:00 in the first Simon Gagne broke away from Sean Avery and Stephane Robidas and managed to pass the puck ahead to Mike Knuble, who flipped it easily past Turco.

First ended 2-1, which was plenty cause for worry, because so far out of the 11 times we’d left the first trailing, we’d only managed to win once.

At 00:28 in the second, Upshall tripped Sergei Zubov in a race to reach an iced puck, sending Zubov against the boards. Despite being slow to rise, Zubov skated himself off the ice and returned to the game uninjured. Upshall got a 2 minute tripping minor.

Unfortunately, the Stars would not convert their first PP opportunity of the game.

Instead, the goal would come two seconds afterwards. “Robidas… shot, save, Modano… the rebound! He scores!” At 2:30, Mike Modano did what James Neal did a few games earlier against the Blackhawks – swooping in behind the rebound scramble to collect the lose puck and put it in the net. The assists officially went to Loui Eriksson and Mark Parrish, but I’m also going to give Robidas SHR points for the initial cheesy rebound shot.

At 4:38, Josh Gratton got two minutes for roughing Sean Avery. No PP goal here, either.

8:33, Toby Petersen trips a Flyer. Stars PK did its job. Game continues at 2-2.

At 14:12, Jeff Carter scores for the Flyers, with the assist from Scott Hartnell.

At 17:26, Trevor Daley stole a dropped pass from a Flyer, whisking it ahead to Brad Richards. Richards’ shot was saved and the puck wound up behind the net with Trevor Daley. Daley passed to Modano, who scored again to tie the game.

2nd period ended 2-2.

Third period.

8:01 in and Braydon Coburn trips up Mike Ribeiro in the Dallas defensive zone, who flies to the ice looking determined and angry and still manages to swat the puck towards center ice. PP Stars, still no goal.

At 9:57, Mike Knuble grabbed Petersen and held on long enough for a holding penalty. Again, no PPG for the Stars.

At 14:52, defenseman Doug Janik had a mental lapse and turned the puck over to the Flyers. Then, he failed entirely at retrieving it or stopping it from going in Turco’s net. Another goal for Mike Knuble, assists for Mike Richards and Simon Gagne, and the tie breaks 4-3 Flyers.

Despite a Coburn hooking minor with a minute left in the game, the Stars played ‘hot potato’ with the puck and spent the entire time passing the puck from player to player. The only SOG registered was one by Mike Modano, when he chased the dumped puck into the Stars zone with three seconds on the clock and smacked it across the ice to Biron’s net. Nice try, Mo.

Notes:

  • Three stars of the game, in order: Knuble, Modano, Carter
  • Matt Niskanen was again scratched for Janik, who ended up having a less-than-stellar game.
  • Mike Modano is now only 2 points away from having 1,300 career total.
  • Steve Ott was scratched, due to having broken his hand in a fight during the last game.
  • Brad Richards led in SOG (5), followed by James Neal (4)
  • Stephane Robidas and Mark Parrish tied for the most hits (3), while everyone but Trevor Daley, Sergei Zubov, Brad Richards, and Fabian Brunnstrom had at least one hit.
  • The Stars won in faceoffs overall with 55%, led by Mike Modano’s 68%.
  • Conclusion: Plain to see, the many many turnovers led to the Stars downfall this time. However, people do make mistakes, and that’s what we have defense for. And when defense makes mistakes, that’s what the goalies for. I find it hard to say we should excuse Turco for his 5-goal 5-hole, because I refuse to accept that we’ve become a team with such a poor netminder that we’ve now begun nitpicking the other players for letting it get to him in the first place. On the other end, people like Zubov, Ribeiro, Avery, and Richards need to take a page from Modano’s book- shoot the puck at the net (it doesn’t have to be pretty) and eventually it goes in… as long as you don’t completely miss the net.

SHR +/-:

Nicklass Grossman: minus-one for unimpressive play; -1
Stephane Robidas: two for the assist, one for intelligent play, minus-one for a nasty turnover, but one for doing what it took to get it back; +3
Trevor Daley: two for the assist; +2
Mike Modano: three for each goal and one for effort; +7
Sean Avery: minus-one for irritating Stars fans more than players on opposing teams; -1
Toby Petersen: one for his defensive work but minus-one for his offensive work; +0
Loui Eriksson: two for the assist; +2
Landon Wilson: three for the goal; +3
Doug Janik: minus-two for all that sloppy; -2
Mark Parrish: two for the assist; +2
Darryl Sydor: two for the assist; +2
Brad Richards: two for the assist but minus-two for squandering many wonderful opportunities; +0

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3 Responses to “Game Review – 11/24/08 (DAL vs PHI)”

  1. How are Stars fans reacting to Sean Avery’s presence on the team? As a Flyer fan, I wasn’t a huge supporter of the guy, but I know Rangers fans absolutely loved him. And does having Avery on the team impact you all feel about Steve Ott?

  2. Frozen Fan,
    Overall, there isn’t a whole lot of love for Avery around here. He’s done some good things for us, but it’s overshadowed by the rumors of unrest in the locker room and the fact that he hasn’t seemed to be able to find a way to straddle the line of what’s appropriate and what’s not here in Dallas without flying across it.

    There has also been some discontent in that a lot of people feel he wasn’t necessary. As you mentioned, we did already have Ott. He’s a fan favorite here and that hasn’t changed with the addition of the league’s biggest pest. I’m not sure why having Avery here would change how people feel about Ott. They play different games – Avery’s is a little dirtier, a little less light-hearted. If anything, having him around has made people appreciate Otter’s style even more, though some people do question why we need both of them around.

    Hope that gives you some insight!

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