Posts tagged ‘Anaheim Ducks’

December 14, 2008

Stars Aquire Sutherby from Pacific Rival

by Kristine

The Stars have acquired Brian Sutherby from the Anaheim Ducks at the cost of a conditional sixth-round 2010 draft pick and prospect David McIntyre.

Andrew’s scouting report has this to say about the new Star…

Gritty, physical forward with good size. Can play agitator role. Not afraid to drop the gloves when necessary. Plays primarily center but also plays wing. Considered a sound defensive forward and effective penalty killer. Limited offensive skills. Primarily a checking line center.

As DMN’s Mike Heika points out, it doesn’t seem like Sutherby brings a lot to the table that we need. Ott, Lundqvist, and Petersen already fill that role (when they’re healthy). In my opinion, it’s just another low-impact trade that brings in yet another spare part.

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December 12, 2008

Thursday’s NHL Results

by Kristine

For a summary of the wins and losses from Thursday’s games, including team points, continue reading by clicking the link below.

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November 23, 2008

Game Review – 11/22/08 (DAL vs ANA)

by Chelsea

No game review for the Hawks game, because the only part of that game that ended up really mattering was something that happened in the last six minutes. No need to write out just how badly it the game went.

Game:

Last night, the Stars faced the Anaheim Ducks for the second time this season and the first time at home. The puck dropped at 7:00 PM CT. This was probably the first time since opening night that the crowd rose to their feet when the Stars starting line/defense was announced, which was really nice to see.

Our starting line was Neal-Ribeiro-Avery, with Grossman-Zubov on D. In net for the Stars was Marty Turco, while Anaheim started their backup goalie, Jonas Hiller.

The first period was on fire. That’s what I love about playing the Ducks- no matter how bad things have been, its always Duck Season when Anaheim rolls into town. I didn’t do the exact math, but I think there were the first 3 minutes and a minute or so in between penalties without someone in the box, but for the other 15 minutes of the first, there was always someone in one of the penalty boxes.

It all kicked off at 2:50, when Ryan Getzlaf took two minutes for cross checking Sean Avery. I can only imagine what Avery was saying to get him worked up so quickly. Before that PP even finished, Avery got into it with Steve Montador. After some angry shuffling, Montador came away with 2 minutes for roughing, and Avery matched that but also got 2 for unsportsmanlike conduct (served by Mark Parrish). So, at 4:40, we switched from PP to PK.

PK = not so hot. At 5:37, Corey Perry exploited Turco’s inability to plug the 5-hole for a quick power play goal, putting them up 1-0. To this I say (with considerable disgust), “Averryyyy.”

Another reason I love Krys Barch: he hates stupid 80’s wrestler mustaches just as much as I do! Only two seconds after the Ducks scored, Barch tried his best to wipe that ugly facial hair right off George Parros, using his fists.

Unfortunately, Parros is something of a monster (6’5”, 231 lbs) and got a few solid hits in with Barch in no position to retaliate. The only real hit Barch got in, though, happened to be hard enough to send Parros to the ice. I’d call it a draw.

Both got 5 minute fighting majors.

Landon Wilson, 33-year-old son of Stars associate coach Rick Wilson, was dressed for the Stars after having been called up after Morrow’s hugely unfortunate injury. He wore #22 and the first thing he did as a Star was get a hooking minor. I think at this point (6:03 in the first) we had Avery, Barch, Parrish, and Wilson in the box. The Ducks box had Parros and Montador.

Things went fairly smoothly for a bit here, teams doing the usual hitting, PKing, and puck scrambling. Then, Avery got out of the box. It took him less than five minutes to get back in it.

At 12:10, Avery was able to get an actual fight in, against Chris Kunitz (who later got a cheap shot in at Avery’s helmet as he skated to the bench, which Avery rightly ignored). The fight was pretty much a draw, but Avery got the last laugh when he grabbed Kunitz by the face to force him to the ice.

And another pair of five-minute fightings.

Kristine turned to me around here somewhere and said, “Now it’s Ott’s turn.”

Mike Modano always seems to get jealous of people in the penalty box, as he once again trips someone to go take a sit-down with a teammate (only 13 seconds after the fight). Luckily, this didn’t put us down by two men like it did last time he pulled this stunt. I laugh a little at how Mo must have felt, sitting in the penalty box with Sean Avery.

Killed that penalty off, and got a power play of our own when Bret Hedican took a hooking on Toby Petersen (who I am absolutely convinced should be a defenseman, not a center) at 15:47.

This next part was funny for two reasons. One, because Kristine absolutely called it. Two, because of how startled 210 lb Montador looked when 193 lb Ott turned around after slamming him into the boards and shoved him.

For such an exciting start, the fight itself kind of sucked. They basically wrapped their arms around each other and skated in a circle. Razor cracked a joke about Tom Bergeron (from Dancing with the Stars) showing up. Sorry Otter, but that one was a draw too.

More fighting majors distributed.

Got a power play at the end of the period when Travis Moen elbowed a Star at 19:19.

And that’s how the first ended, with 46 minutes in penalties between the two teams.

The second started with good momentum, seeing as we were on a power play for the first 80 seconds. Then we got a short two-man advantage.  At 00:46, Brett Festerling got two minutes for hooking, giving the Stars a full 30 seconds of 5-on-3 followed by 90 of 5-on-4.

The Ducks killed off the PP until Loui Eriksson got a minor interference at 1:16 (right as our 5-on-3 ended) that evened it out to 4-on-4. I think. Either way, the only good thing to come of that penalty mess was a good scoring chance from Ribeiro that was unfortunately stopped by Hiller.

To add to the penalty mess, Chris Pronger was all, like, “Oooh, interference, that looks like funnn.” so he totally copied Loui and got 2 for interfering on Sean Avery, ’cause, like, everybody wants a piece of Aves.

Now, this was the first game as alternate captain Stephane Robidas, and he stepped up nicely in the second after Festerling got a hit in on Mike Ribeiro (that I believe caused him to lose his helmet). Robidas, in return, introduced Festerling to both his shoulder and the boards. To add a little (probably unintended) insult, he stumbled over the attempting-to-rise Festerling without even seeming to notice he was there.

At about 11:20, both Brad Richards and Sergei Zubov nearly scored, and Fabian Brunnstrom nearly got the rebound. For someone who looks sorta timid when he’s on the ice, Bunny put in a heck of an effort that left him sitting in the crease- still trying to stuff the puck past Hiller.

A+ for persistence.

With the momentum strongly favoring the Stars, and Turco blocking everything sent his way to keep it at a 1-0 game, it was only a matter of time before someone’s golden opportunity produced a point.

It’d be Loui Eriksson, further cementing his current standing as team leading goal scorer, who popped a pretty one past Hiller. The play started with Marty Turco, who left his crease to retrieve the puck from behind his net and send it along the boards, where Trevor Daley picked it up. Daley hit the boosters and him and Eriksson zipped across center ice into Anaheim’s defensive zone. Daley veered left, Eriksson went right, Daley passed, and Eriksson caught it as he sailed past the crease for a swift backhand into the net.

Then Daley mauled Eriksson with a congratulatory hug.

Now, there’s something Neal did during this that was oddly reminiscent of a much-missed style of play that we used to see constantly from the Stars; he took the man, not the puck. As Turco’s pass whipped around the boards, Neal cut off the lone Duck in position to take the puck, and Daley was there to collect it as it slipped past.

Daley and Turco officially got the assists, but Neal’s move opened up the opportunity for Daley. So I’m going to credit him in our +/- for an assist anyway.

I nearly left my seat to go strangle Avery when he got another roughing penalty at 14:57 in the second, which led to a Corey Perry goal at 15:03. However, Turco apparently knocked the net off its moorings during the attempted save, and the goal was disallowed. The Ducks were understandably peeved, and Turco admitted that maybe it wasn’t the fairest call, but I’m sure Morrow was sitting somewhere feeling a little bit of retribution.

Right at the end of the period, Chris Pronger hooked Neal, giving the Stars a full two minutes of PP to start the third on.

Third period, again started with a brief 5-on-3 thanks to Scott Niedermayer getting an interference penalty at 00:38. For probably the third or fourth time this season, the Stars failed to score on a prime two man advantage opportunity. They got maybe two SOG during the PP.

Tis the season of double penalties, apparently. Quiet giant Nicklas Grossman got a little rowdy and took it out on Ryan Getzlaf. They tried to duel it out and both got slashing penalties. Grossman got a good shove in on Getzlaf before they were separated, though.

The last eight minutes of regulation were tense and energetic but still ended 1-1. OT was even more tense and energetic but those five minutes ended 1-1 as well.

Shootout! I hate shootouts. I predicted Ribeiro, Eriksson, and Modano for the shooters. It was actually Richards, Zubov, and Ribeiro.

Richards scored, hoorah, but after Turco let in a goal from Perry, it was up to Zubov and Ribeiro. Zubov had some fancy skating, but ended up sending the puck right to Hiller. Ribeiro tried a fancy between the legs move again, but just missed. Getzlaf was last for the Ducks, and he correctly predicted Turco’s movements enough to win the shootout 2-1 Ducks. That ended the game 2-1 Ducks as well. The standing points also were distributed 2-1 in favor of the Ducks.

One point > zero points, but one point =/= enough to climb out of the cellar.

Notes:

  • The three game stars (in order): Hiller, Getzlaf, Daley
  • Turco stopped 23 of 24 shots for a .958 sv% despite having started by letting in the first Duck shot of the game.
  • The Ducks ended with 12 penalties for a total of 33 minutes. The Stars had 10 penalties and 29 minutes.
  • Sean Avery led the Stars in PIM for the game, with 11.
  • Sergei Zubov led in TOI, with 31:49.
  • Mike Modano tanked in the faceoff circle with only 38% wins (8 out of 22). Best was Mike Ribeiro, who won 10 in 8 for 56%.
  • Modano and Robidas led in SOG, with 4 each.
  • Matt Niskanen was scratched for Doug Janik, who clocked in for 7:57 ice time.
  • Steve Ott led in hits (5) and Trevor Daley in blocked shots (3).
  • In the four games that have gone into OT this season, the Stars have won 0 of them.
  • Conclusion: I saw nearly 60 minutes of (to borrow Robidas’ term) work ethic from every Star. Turco was impressive, but is getting predictable with his 5-hole issues. This team has too much respect for Morrow to not pull together for his sake. My money’s on finally seeing a winning streak soon.

SHR +/-:

Nicklas Grossman: two for throwing his weight around against the Ducks; +2
Stephane Robidas: two for continuing to prove himself worthy of the ‘A’; +2
Trevor Daley: two for the assist and one for leading in blocked shots; +3
Mike Modano: minus-one for getting so easily knocked off the puck all night; -1
Brenden Morrow: 😦 ; +1
Krys Barch: one for the fight; +1
Sean Avery: minus-one for each of the stupid penalties and one for the fight; -2
James Neal: two for the assist and one for having a strong overall game; +3
Loui Eriksson: three for the goal; +3
Steve Ott: one for the fight, one for leading in hits, and one for leading in takeaways; +3
Marty Turco: two for the assist, two for a fairly solid game, but minus-one for getting bested by a backup in a shootout; +3
Sergei Zubov: one for being a machine, albeit a slightly rusty one; +1
Mike Ribeiro: one for the fancy shootout move but minus-one for not scoring on it; +0
Brad Richards: two for scoring on the shootout; +2
Fabian Brunnstrom: two for having one of his best games since his debut, despite not getting any points to show for it; +2

Off Ice +/-:

Trevor Daley: one for a funny “60 seconds with…” during intermission; +1
Mark Parrish: two for being surprisingly friendly at Friday’s practice; +2
Brad Richards: minus-two for being so incredibly mopey so consistently that we’ve stopped feeling concerned and started feeling annoyed at his pessimistic pouting; -2

November 9, 2008

Game Review – 11/08/08 (DAL at SJS)

by Chelsea

Game:

After their win against the Anaheim Ducks, the Stars looked to collect back-to-back wins against the San Jose Sharks last night. Initially, the channel that had planned to broadcast the game chose to air college football instead, but we joined the game in progress only a few minutes into the first.

The first period started like most Sharks games- there was lots of hitting on both sides. Steve Ott, Mike Ribeiro, and Sean Avery all got solid hits in. It only took five minutes for the gloves to come off, when BJ Crombeen took on Sharks heavyweight Ryane Clowe. It was a pretty even fight, ended with BJ half out of his jersey and a solid punch that knocked Clowe spinning to to the ice. Both got 5 for fighting.

Brenden Morrow has said multiple times that he’d like to see the Stars play 60 minutes every game with a one-nothing mentality. I’m not sure he meant it quite so literally.

At 7:013, San Jose defenseman Dan Boyle beat Turco’s glove hand to put the game at 1-0 for the Sharks.


This goal was really just a product of the Stars being outskated and unable to keep up with the determined Sharks, who were undeniably out for a little payback. Like the Ducks, we punted them from the playoffs last spring, and this was our first meeting this season.

The pressure worsened when Sean Avery took a sloppy penalty for cross checking. The Stars successfully killed off the penalty, and got on a power play of their own twelve minutes in when Christian Ehrhoff got a minor for hi-sticking. They did not manage to score, however.

For awhile, nothing happened besides the Stars getting physically trampled. The period ended on a Sharks PP when Avery took his second sloppy minor, this time for slashing.

Because Avery got his penalty at 18:20 in the first, the second period started with Sharks momentum as they had immediate power play time. The period continued with both teams trading possession, hits, and shots on goal.

Fabian Brunnstrom got a little payback for some big hits on Stars with a smashing hit on Ehrhoff that sent him sliding to the boards.

Stars momentum was given another boost when the Sharks took a penalty for having too many men on the ice, but they still didn’t manage to convert that advantage to points.

Brenden Morrow further secured his lead at the top of the “most minor penalties in the league” chart with a 2 minute tripping.

Thanks to the heroic goaltending of Marty Turco, the Stars stuck in the game behind only by one.

At 12:04, Joe Thorton and his Sharks bully buddy came together to sandwich Nicklas Grossman into the boards. He came out a little wobbly with a bloodied nose, and Thorton took two minutes for boarding.

Also in the end of the second, also from Joe Thorton, was a nasty hi-stick to Ribeiro off the faceoff that was not called. Let me emphasize. Faceoff, official there dropping the puck, Thorton smack Ribeiro in the face. Ribeiro falls to his knees at the feet of the official. It does not get called. Ugh. Ribs was alright though, aside from the steaming anger that threatened to erupt onto the ice.

Things improved towards the end of the second for Dallas, though, with Sean Avery and Mike Modano getting a handful of good shots on goal, giving Sharks backup goalie Brian Boucher his first real challenge of the night.

Second intermission, I believe, had Modano explaining that they had all the right ideas in the locker room, but their brains switched off somewhere between there and the ice.

Third period had the Stars still with a strong jump that they’d built in the end of the second. Their hard work would pay off with a little help with Loui Eriksson. If you remember, he had spent most of the Ducks game pushing and hustling towards the goal, with no points to show for it. He brought that same hustle out in the third, and this time it showed in numbers.

Eriksson started the play by claiming the puck from the corner of the Sharks defensive zone and sending it to a centered Ott. Ott’s shot ricocheted off past the net to the boards, and Eriksson came from the side to shovel the puck in behind Boucher.


His goal tied the game at 1-1, which threw both teams into tiebreaker frantic mode with fifteen minutes left in regulation.

The only penalty of the period came shortly after, when Jeremy Roenick got a minor for tripping. The Stars almost came out ahead when a shot from Brad Richards nearly produced another tip in, this time from Brenden Morrow. Boucher had learned from his mistake, however, and this time the attempt was blocked.

Unfortunately, as the third wore on, the Sharks picked up the pace once again. In comparison, the Stars did not seem to want the win nearly as much. Both teams continued exchanging shots and blows in a very tense final ten minutes.

It was Marty Turco, who had so fantastically held the Stars in the game, who would prove to be their undoing in the end. In attempt to handle the puck, Turco hesitated and accidentally sent it into Patrick Marleau’s skates instead of clearing it or sending it to the corner. Marleau did not hesitate to capitalize on Turco’s mistake, sweeping by and putting the puck in the net with 20 seconds left on the clock.

The game ended 2-1 Sharks, and the Stars were left without a point to show for their effort.

Notes:

  • The three game stars all went to Sharks.
  • Turco’s play in the game lowered his season GAA to 3.93 and raised his sv% to .858. He blocked 31 in 33 shots.
  • The Stars were outshot 24-33 in the game. They were also outhit 43-21.
  • Sergei Zubov led the team again in TOI, with 24 minutes.
  • Brad Richards led in SOG, but left the game -2 in +/-
  • Conclusion: Though we left without a point, the Stars managed to pull together a game that showed a more cohesive effort than they’d had most of the season, giving two consecutive solid efforts for the first time.
  • Conclusion metaphor: All season, the Stars had been out on a lake with a boat, paddles, and people but all floating freely. Now we’ve got the people in the boat with the paddles, and its just a matter of getting them to row in sync.

SHR +/-:

Nicklas Grossman: one pity point for how sad he looked when he got a bloody nose; +1
Stephane Robidas: one for covering all his bases (shooting, blocking, hitting); +1
Matt Niskanen: minus-two for  having nothing but giveaways; -2
Trevor Daley: two for leading the team in blocked shots; +2
Mike Modano: one for leading the team in takeaways; +1
Sean Avery: minus-one for the stupid penalties and minus-two for meeting Niskanen in giveaways; -3
Loui Eriksson: three for the goal and one for effort; +4
Steve Ott: two for the assist and one for effort; +3
Marty Turco: three for being Turco again and holding us in the game, but minus-one for his slipup; +2
BJ Crombeen: two for the fight and one for winning it; +3
Mike Ribeiro: one for manning up after the hi-sticking by verbally mauling Thorton; +1
Brad Richards: one for effort; +1

November 8, 2008

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

November 7, 2008

Russian! And Ducks, Sharks, and Moose

by Chelsea

We here at SHR had had our fingers crossed for the St Louis Blues. They were the only team that stood between our California rivals and us. It was up to them to deflate these teams a bit before we got there. Instead, they lost to both, and injured Shark goaltender Evgeni Nabokov in the process. 

The official word is: “Sharks goaltender Evgeni Nabokov is day-to-day with a lower body injury.” In watching last night’s shootout, you can tell that it’s a leg injury. Word on the Andrew’s Forums suggests that he may have hyperextended something, pulled a groin muscle, or twisted his knee. 

Either way, I’m concerned. Because hopefully he’s not hurt too bad, but also because this backup goalie Boucher has two shutouts in two games. And because we liked facing Nabokov because we got to make chicken jokes all night. Feel better soon, Na”bawk!”ov. 

As previously mentioned, the Blues also lost to the Anaheim Ducks, who now have “DUCKS OUT FOR REVENGE” stapled across their opening page and have not lost a game in regulation since Oct 19. The game kicks off at 9:00 CT. Now, I know that the Stars have more than enough skill to beat the Ducks, but I’m not sure that they’ll match that level of hunger. If they can, it’ll be a heck of a game. 

Robidas, Ribeiro, and Turco have all been good against the Ducks in the past. Robidas had 2 games in 07-08 as the first game star with 1 game winning goal, and Ribeiro had 2 game winning goals that season. Turco was 4-2-1. We knocked them out of the playoffs in the first round. There’s a lot on the line here, but from a perspective without vested interest, we’ll be seeing what that week off did for the Stars and possibly whether or not this slump is permanent. 

In a much colder part of North America, our lovely James Neal and Mark Fistric wll also be playing a game tonight, with the Manitoba Moose. The Moose are on an 8-game winning streak and hope to extended it with a win against the Toronto Marlies. Stars prospects Raymond Sawada (5 assists in 10 games), Trevor Ludwig (+6 in 6 games), and Maxime Fortunus (+7 in 10 games) are all Moose as well. Best of luck to all of them tonight.

Edit:

The Dallas Stars announced today that the hockey club has activated defenseman Sergei Zubov from the injured reserve list. Zubov is expected to be in the line-up for tonight’s game at Anaheim.

That’s right. Mighty Russian returns!

October 26, 2008

Super Saturday Results

by Kristine

New Jersey Devils at Philadelphia Flyers: 3-1 Flyers in OT
Flyers: 7 points (2-3-3) | Devils: 11 points (5-2-1)

Atlanta Thrashers at Boston Bruins: 5-4 Bruins
Bruins: 9 points (3-2-3) | Thrashers: 6 points (2-3-2)

Ottawa Senators at Toronto Maple Leafs: 3-2 Leafs
Leafs: 9 points (3-2-3) | Sens: 4 points (2-4-1)

Anaheim Ducks at Montreal Canadiens: 6-4 Ducks
Ducks: 8 points (4-5-0) | Canadiens: 11 points (5-0-1)

Carolina Hurricanes at NY Islanders: 4-3 Hurricanes
Canes: 9 points (4-2-1) | Islanders: 4 points (2-4-0)

Pittsburgh Penguins at NY Rangers: 3-2 Rangers in a shootout
Rangers: 17 points (8-2-1) | Penguins: 12 points (5-2-2)

San Jose Sharks at Tampa Bay Lightning: 3-0 Sharks
Sharks: 14 points (7-2-0) | Lightning: 5 points (1-2-3)

LA Kings at Nashville Predators: 5-4 Predators
Preds: 8 points (4-4-0) | Kings: 6 points (3-3-0)

Columbus Blue Jackets at Minnesota Wild: 2-1 Wild
Wild: 11 points (5-0-1) | Blue Jackets: 6 points (3-4-0)

Washington Capitals at Dallas Stars: 6-5 Caps in OT
Stars: 8 points (3-4-2) | Caps: 9 points (4-3-1)

Detroit Red Wings at Chicago Blackhawks: 6-5 Wings in a shootout
Red Wings: 13 points (6-1-1) | Hawks: 9 points (3-2-3)

Florida Panthers at St Louis Blues: 4-0 Blues
Blues: 10 points (5-2-0) | Panthers: 8 points (4-3-0)

Buffalo Sabres at Colorado Avalanche: 2-1 Avalanche in a shootout
Avalanche: 10 points (5-3-0) | Sabres: 14 points (6-0-2)

Edmonton Oilers at Vancouver Canucks: 6-3 Canucks
Canucks: 8 points (4-4-0) | Oilers: 8 points (4-2-0)

Calgary Flames at Phoenix Coyotes: 4-1 Flames
Flames: 9 points (4-3-1) | Coyotes: 6 points (3-3-0)

Super Saturday killed my DVR. Literally – not only did it not record any of the games because it got overwhelmed, it also deleted everything I had not protected. So. There’s that. There’s also the facts that Stars are back to sloppy hockey (boo) and that Chels and I met Jen from the Shootout at the game tonight (yay!!). Chels is working on the game review right now, and tomorrow we’re headed to Frisco to watch the Stars hopefully get their act together in practice. Catch you later, loyal fans…

October 24, 2008

Tonight’s NHL Wins/Losses

by Kristine

New York Rangers at Columbus Blue Jackets: 3-1 Rangers
Rangers: 15 points (7-2-1) | Blue Jackets: 6 points (3-4-0)

Anaheim Ducks vs Ottawa Senators: 4-3 Ducks
Ducks: 6 points (3-5-0) | Sens: 4 points (2-4-1)

Philadephia Flyers at New Jersey Devils: 6-3 Flyers (Beautiful that the Flyers’ first W of the season means a L for the Devils and a considerable hit on Martin “Fatso” Brodeur’s stats.)
Flyers: 5 points (1-3-3) | Devils: 10 points (5-2-0)

Atlanta Thrashers at Detroit Red Wings: 5-3 Red Wings
Red Wings: 11 points (5-1-1) | Thrashers: 6 points (2-3-2)

San Jose Sharks at Florida Panthers: 4-3 Panthers
Panthers: 8 points (4-3-0) | Sharks: 12 points (6-2-0)

LA Kings at St Louis Blues: 4-0 Kings
Kings: 6 points (3-3-0) | Blues: 8 points (4-2-0)

October 18, 2008

Tonight’s NHL Wins/Losses

by Kristine

Ottawa Senators vs Phoenix Coyotes: 6-3 Sens
Sens: 5 points (2-1-1) | Coyotes: 4 points (2-2-0)

Toronto Maple Leafs at New York Rangers: 1-0 Rangers in a shoot-out (I LOVE that the Leafs managed to pull off 0-0 regulation and then tie up the shoot-out against the damn 11pt – well 12pt now – Rangers. I just wish the Leafs’ shoot-out goal counted for the final score.)
Rangers: 12 points (6-1-0) | Leafs: 4 points (1-1-2)

Nashville Predators at Columbus Blue Jackets: 5-3 Blue Jackets
Blue Jackets: 4 points (2-2-0) | Predators: 4 points (2-3-0)

Vancouver Canucks at Buffalo Sabres: 5-2 Sabres
Sabres: 8 points (4-0-0) | Canucks: 6 points (3-2-0)

Edmonton Oilers at Calgary Flames: 4-3 Oilers
Oilers: 6 points (3-0-0) | Flames: 3 points (1-2-1)

San Jose Sharks at Anaheim Ducks: 4-0 Ducks (The Ducks broke a 4-game losing streak and ended the Sharks’ franchise best start at 4-1-0.)
Sharks: 8 points (4-1-0) | Ducks: 2 points (1-4-0)

Carolina Hurricanes at LA Kings: 4-3 Kings in OT
Kings: 4 points (2-2-0) | Hurricanes: 5 points (2-1-1)