Game Review – 1/31/09 (DAL at CBJ)

by Chelsea

Questions:

Since 82 games = a lot of games to do in the same format over and over, I’ve been wondering if it’s getting monotonous to read. So what would the reader rather see? Comprehensive reviews like the Detroit one, or more topic-focused ones more like the Tampa Bay review?

Also, how about more posts like the Let’s Talk Stars or “Mike Ribeiro Wife Kids”. Would anyone respond? 

Or, how about more like the comparison post Kristine did awhile back? Anyone (besides me) feel like she should definitely do more of those? 

Game:

With both the Blue Jackets and the Stars looking to cement a spot in the West’s top 8, this game was a critical one to win. Going into the affair, the Jackets stood strong in the 7th spot, while the Stars looked in from the 9th. Vancouver and Minnesota, two teams also in contention, played each other that night, making the win even more valuable. 

Despite both Dallas and Columbus being defensively-minded teams, games between them always ended up as high-scoring affairs. The last time they faced off, James Neal fought Derick Brassard, whose season was ended in the scrum when his shoulder was dislocated, and Loui Eriksson got his first career hat trick. 

First period started.

Scoring opened at 5:58 when James Neal, assisted by Matt Niskanen and Mike Modano, collected a rebound and put it in the net behind rookie goalie sensation Steve Mason. 

It continued rather unfortunately for the Blue Jackets at 8:22, when Marty Turco made a great save and Loui Eriksson picked up the rebound. He moved undisrupted into their offensive zone and tried to pass the puck across the crease to linemate Brad Richards. Columbus defenseman Marc Methot successfully stopped the pass, but the puck went right back to Eriksson, who was able to catch Mason off-guard and score unassisted. 

Barely two minutes later, at 10:43, the Stars scored the last goal they’d get in on Mason.

In another slightly flukey incident, Manny Malhotra took a shot that rang off the post (one of many saves the pipes made in this game) and play turned away from Turco. The Stars were able to carry the puck into their zone, and while Eriksson’s shot was stopped by Mason, Brian Sutherby managed to stuff the rebound into the net, putting Dallas up 3-0 for the second game in a row.

Brad Richards got the second assist.

The goal was Sutherby’s first goal and point as a Star in 16 games, after being acquired from the Ducks for a prospect and conditional draft pick.

Columbus began their attempted comeback late in the period, when Kristian Huselius was allowed to walk the puck in on Turco and score unchallenged. Jan Hejda and Marc Methot got assists.

The period ended on a power play for the Jackets when Steve Ott and Rick Nash collided. The result was a knee-on-knee check (though possibly accidental; it didn’t appear from the replays that Ott stuck his leg out intending to catch Nash’s knee) and a tripping penalty for Ott. Immediately following the incident, Methot tried to fight Ott, who couldn’t drop the gloves because of his broken hand. Though the scrum was mostly Ott holding on and absorbing blows, both players were given roughing minors.

First period ended. Steve Mason had been pulled from the game (and sat on the bench looking barely tired and pretty peeved) after letting in 3 goals on 8 shots, and was replaced by in net Wade Dubielewicz.

Second period started.

Stars PK tried to keep the Jackets from further hacking at was had been a 3-goal lead, but Fedor Tyutin was able to beat Turco with a power play slap shot from the point only 1:38 into the period.

He was assisted by Huselius and Nash.

Now looking at losing their lead entirely as the Blue Jackets picked up their lost momentum, it was Turco who kept the Stars in the game until they found their feet again. He made some key saves to hold the score at 3-2, and finally got some backup from rookie James Neal. 

His second goal of the night came at 13:29 in the second, and looked very much like his first. After utilizing his size well to bully himself a spot in front of the crease, Neal collected a rebound off Modano’s shot and put it in past Dubielewicz. Then he ran himself into the glass and screamed “Yeah!”, which I’m sure the Jackets fans appreciated.

Chris Conner got the second assist, his second point in two games.

Ott made sure to rub some salt in the wound at 18:58 of the second, irritating Columbus fans by scoring instead of getting further mauled for his hit on Nash. His goal was also off a loose rebound, this time aided by Jere Lehtinen and Mike Ribeiro.

The period ended 5-2 Stars, despite Columbus outshooting them 25-22 over the first two periods.

Third period started. 

Once again, the Blue Jackets came out strong and applied pressure, and were once again rewarded for their hard work. 

This one was a garbage goal by Jared Boll, which he had to celebrate from his back after Matt Niskanen flattened him. It came at 4:34 in the third, was assisted by Jason Williams and Fredrik Modin, and was basically worth it to see Niskanen respond to a goal by knocking the scorer over. Or whatever it was he was actually trying to do. 

The goal meant that the fourth Stars goal, aka Neal’s, would eventually be the game winning goal – a description accurate under multiple definitions. 

The fun was not over, though.

First, at 7:10 in the third, Trevor Daley scored his sixth goal of the season by beating Dubielewicz with a slap shot. Toby Petersen and Darryl Sydor assisted. It marked a career-high in goals for the defenseman, whose previous best was 5 goals in 82 games last season.

Then, at 18:02, Andrew Hutchinson got HIS first goal as a Star and first of the season. It was assisted by Nicklas Grossman and James Neal.

Columbus pushed back in the final minutes of the game, and in holding them off, Sydor took a shot to the ankle that saw him leaving the game. Still, they were unable to score, and the game ended 7-3 Stars.

Notes:

  • The three game stars, in order: Neal, Sydor, Modano
  • Krys Barch, despite getting 8 teeth mauled by Chris Chelios and getting five root canals a few days before, did not miss the game and logged 10 minutes worth of ice time. 
  • The win bumped the Stars up to the 7th spot in the West and knocked Columbus down to the 9th. A loss from the Oilers the day after moved them down a spot, putting the Stars up into the 6th spot.
  • James Neal saw his second 3-point night of the season, with two goals and an assist.
  • It was announced after the game that Columbus goalie Steve Mason has mononucleosis, but has not missed a game and will be starting again in their next game. Hopefully, he’s not really all that sick, because starting your 2o-year-old goalie in back-to-backs when he’s fighting mono and then again three days later… that’s iffy.
  • Conclusion: The Stars got their fourth win in a row, putting them into a very fragile playoff spot. While it was no easy task getting that spot, it seems like it will only get harder and harder to hold onto it. Taking advantage of their home-filled February will be key, and if they give up that opportunity entirely, they really don’t deserve that playoff spot anyway.

SHR +/-: 

Nicklas Grossman: two for the assist and two for tying for the lead in hits and blocked shots; +4
Matt Niskanen: two for the assist, one for tying the lead in blocked shots, and one for ending the game +3; +4
Trevor Daley: three for the goal; +3
Mike Modano: two for each assist and one for ending the game +3; +5
Krys Barch: two for playing with a majorly busted-up mouth and still having a good game; +2
Toby Petersen: two for the assist; +2
James Neal: three for each goal, two for the assist, and one for finally looking like he cares again; +9
Brian Sutherby: three for the goal and one for finally getting it; +4
Loui Eriksson: three for the goal and two for the assist; +5
Landon Wilson: one for finally starting to skate again even if he can’t play in games yet; +1
Chris Conner: two for the assist and one for ending the game +3; +3
Jere Lehtinen: two for the assist; +2
Andrew Hutchison: three for the goal and one for finally getting it; +4
Steve Ott: three for the goal but minus-one for the questionable hit and following penalty; +2
Darryl Sydor: two for the assist and two for having a really good game; +4
Mike Ribeiro: two for the assist; +2
Brad Richards: two for the assist; +2

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5 Comments to “Game Review – 1/31/09 (DAL at CBJ)”

  1. Personally, I like reading all of your stuff. Write whatever you like doing, otherwise you’ll burn out and not keep it up. But whatever you do, the SHR +/- is a keeper. I may not always agree, but it is awesome!

    As for fluff pieces, I think you need an in-depth expose and tracking of B-Rad’s hair growth. It’s like watching grass grow, but cuter and more Canadian. =P

  2. I agree with Sarah, do what you enjoy. But the +/- must stay! Looove it!

    I also think Sarah may be on to something with Brad’s hair. The longer it gets, the better they play. Hmmm.

  3. It’s funny, because the +/- thing started as a way for me and Kristine to keep track of something silly we were doing. It’s awesome to hear you guys like it! 😀

    An expose, huh? I agree with Myra- you may be onto something there…

  4. B-Rad, the Samson of the NHL. 🙂

  5. Hey girls, did you watch the FSN broadcast of the game? I had girls’ basketball on here in San Antonio. I only ask because I think they showed a pic of my boyfriend and me during the (first?) intermission when they show the fan pics. Apparently he’s had several students at the school he teaches at come up and say that they saw him on TV. My parents didn’t get the FSN broadcast either, so I was just wondering if you saw me 🙂

    BTW – I love the +/- too. It never fails to make me laugh 🙂

    Amy

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