Posts tagged ‘Joel Lundqvist’

May 9, 2009

Depiction: Remembering 08-09

by Chelsea

Kristine and I took some time to gather a collection of our favorite pictures from what is otherwise a fairly forgetful season. As the second round of the playoffs gets do-or-die (go Caps! go Canes!), we’re going to take a moment to celebrate all the Stars’ good times that got buried beneath the shame of the season’s less-than-desirable end.

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Opening Night vs Columbus.

You can’t help but smile at Brunnstrom’s “omgIscoredcomehugme” reaction to his NHL debut hat trick.

We started calling Grossman “Saint Nick” after seeing this picture of him and his workshop elves. Months later, it’s still a favorite.

Fistric catches up with Mittens.

While everyone was busy questioning Modano’s ability to play, he was busy proving that he could still fly.

Nobody liked seeing the Morrow-Ribeiro line broken up, so it was no surprise that their reunion brought many happy moments.

Stephan replaced Turco in a 0-5 loss to the Devils. We really wish this had happened more often at this point of the season.

He did have one good save, though.

When Zubov returned from injury on 11/7, we all celebrated. When he went out again on 11/28, it was a little heartbreaking. The 11/7 game against the Ducks was also Mark Parrish’s debut with the the Stars, in which he scored a hat trick.

Okay, so Morrow going out on 11/20 isn’t even close to a happy moment, but you can’t really look back on the season without pausing to sigh and say, “If only Morrow hadn’t gotten hurt…”

Ribs keepin’ us all entertained.

These two really should have played together more often. They both had their struggles, but they definitely make us excited for the Stars’ future.

Yes, this is a good moment. Did any of you reallllly want him in Dallas for four years?

Loui’s first NHL hat trick, against Columbus. We predict many, many more to come.

Neal’s first career hat trick, in Toronto.

Parrish says goodbye to 2008 with a nice goal, making thousands of drunk Texans really happy.

Tipp rewards Neal for a strong game by giving him his first NHL shootout attempt. He scores (awesomely) and wins the game. Everyone wows and suddenly the Stars have a new shootout specialist. By the end of the season, he’d scored on 5/7 attempts.

Go nuts? Okay!

The 2009 ASG…
…a great excuse to sit around all weekend,
watching favorite players show the rest of the league…
…that they’re just ridiculously awesome.

Not a good moment, but definitely a memorable picture.

They were discussing Valentine’s Day gifts, I’m sure.

Can’t help but wonder if Sydor looked at them and saw Lehtinen and Modano.

Swedes!

Those familiar happy feelings that come with scoring on the Sharks.

Grossman doesn’t score often, but when he does, leaping hugs will follow.

They’re like Power Rangers.

He only played a few games at the end of the season, but by the time he’d finished his first shift he’d impressed us. That cannon shot from the point never failed to amaze.

And finally…
Lehtinen warms up for the last home game of the season.

After the game, Stars waited to give their jerseys to fans.

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April 26, 2009

Lundqvist Not Returning

by Kristine

The Stars have so many free agents this summer that it’s no surprise that news is already starting to roll in about who’s staying and who isn’t. First out of the gate is Joel Lundqvist, who told a Swedish media outlet today that the Stars have already told him they will not be offering him a contract. He will become an unrestricted free agent in July. I don’t think this surprises anyone. The writing was on the wall – or should I say, on Brian Sutherby’s contract. With Sudsy in, it was pretty obvious there wasn’t room for Lundqvist. I felt like he spent all season trying to play catch-up after his injury, and he never quite made it. Mark at Andrew’s Stars Page points out that he had only six points in 43 games. Hopefully another team will see his potential and offer him a contract. Another option would be for him to play in Sweden.

Mark’s report is here, and features a link to the originial Swedish article.

March 19, 2009

Game Review – 3/17/09 (DAL at VAN) and 3/18/09 (DAL at CGY)

by Kristine

Games:

I’m going to try to keep this simple. We lost both these games, and there’s been a lot of talk about why that is. The blame game can be played in many ways here. You could start back at the beginning, and blame Hull for signing Avery. You could also blame Avery for being Avery and not fitting in. You could blame Turco for his world of suck earlier in the season. You could blame Tippett for not keeping lines together. You could blame Jackson for not upgrading our blue line at the trade deadline. If you really wanted to, you could put some blame on Fabian Brunnstrom for not being willing to spend a year in the minors. You could put a bit of blame on Matt Niskanen for being young and not as solid defensively as he could be. Actually if you’re going to go that far, you could probably find some blame to put on just about every single player on the ice and most of the office to boot.

Here’s the thing. It’s just not that simple. You can’t boil it down to “the season sucked because of this player or that person.” It’s been a huge combination of things. Did Avery’s signing contribute to the problems? Yes, I think that’s been made clear. Did Turco’s bad season hurt? Obviously it did. Beyond that, Tippett has done the best he can with the one thing that’s made the biggest impact: injuries.

Look at this list of players who are currently injured: Brenden Morrow, Sergei Zubov, Mike Modano, Brad Richards, Steve Begin, Brian Sutherby, Toby Petersen. Four huge names, two important grit guys, and Petersen. Going back in time, add to that list players who have spent (relatively) significant amounts of time injured: Jere Lehtinen, Steve Ott, Stephane Robidas, Fabian Brunnstrom, Landon Wilson, Joel Lundqvist, Mark Parrish. Another impressive list. In fact, it would almost be easier to name the players who have been healthy this season. Off the top of my head? Mike Ribeiro, Loui Eriksson, James Neal, Krys Barch, and our young D. Oh, and Sydor and Morrison. Chris Conner has been healthy, but he would be in the AHL if we weren’t so short on bodies. Same with Hutchinson as he’s been scratched for ages now. Is it any wonder we’ve been losing? Ribs and Loui are fantastic but as we’ve seen lately, they can’t be expected to carry the entire team for the rest of the season.

Because we’ve been battling the Injury Gods all season, the pressure has been on Tippett to keep the playoff dream alive. His solution has been to play intense, playoff-level hockey since about the end of December, and we’re starting to see the result of that. The Stars are exhausted. The past few weeks have been proof of that. Sure, we’ve won the odd game here and there and yes, players are still having great nights here and there. But overall, they look worn out and beaten down. I don’t blame them one bit. I will admit that I do somewhat blame Tippett for pushing them until they have nothing left to give, although I do understand why he did it. He was doing his best to keep his team running, and for a while it worked. The Stars went on that great run in January and early February, but within a few weeks were back to losing. Richards breaking his wrist seemed to be the metaphorical nail in the tire and they’ve been deflating ever since.

There are eleven games left in this season. If the Stars make the playoffs, that’s another at least four games. Can they continue to play at the level they’ve been playing at for that long? I don’t believe they can. Mike Ribeiro and Stephane Robidas are playing nearly 30 minutes a night, and it shows. Mike Modano is out with a lower body injury after the Vancouver game, and I’m sure his injury is made worse by the total fatigue his body must be experiencing. Same with Sutherby leaving last night’s game. How much longer until Robi, Ribs, and Loui push themselves too far and wind up on our laundry list of injured players? We can offer sacrifices and prayers to the Injury Gods all we want, but I don’t think it would surprise anyone to see them hurt.

The Stars are in 10th in the West now. At this point, take the pressure off. Stop playing the high level of hockey, let the young guys take bigger minutes and rest the top line guys, and see what happens. I would think the health of the team would more important than making the playoffs, especially if you’re making them with a roster that reads like an AHL team’s anyway.

SHR +/-:

DAL at VAN (3/1709)
Stephane Robidas: two for the assist and one pity point for playing almost half the game with an exhausting 27:35; +2
Matt Niskanen: one for leading in SOG and one for a very solid game; +2
Mike Modano: two for the assist but minus one for the team-high four giveaways; +1
James Neal: three for the goal, one for the two huge takeaways in the first and one for having a very good game overall; +5
Chris Conner: two for the assist and one for being willing to hit when nobody else is; +3
Jere Lehtinen: one yay you’re back point and one for making magic with anyone and everyone; +2
Mark Fistric: one for playing a very physical game; +1
Steve Ott: three for the goal, one for leading in hits with five and one for drawing penalties left and right even if nobody could capitalize on the PP; +5
Marty Turco: one for making some huge saves at critical times; +1
Steve Begin: one for winning a team-best 40% of his faceoffs and two pity points for that huge hit he took; +3
Darryl Sydor: one for the solid game; +1
Mike Ribeiro: two for the assist, one for playing almost half the game with 27:19, and one pity point for how exhausted he must be; +3

DAL at CGY (3/18/09)
Nicklas Grossman: one for doing the most banging in corners with four hits; +1
Stephane Robidas: two for the assist and one for tying for most SOG with three; +3
Matt Niskanen: one for tying for most SOG with three and one for being strong on the PK; +2
Trevor Daley: one for leading in TOI with 24:47, one for tying for most SOG with three, and one for thinking quickly enough to give Turco his stick and take Ott’s for himself; +3
Brendan Morrison: three for the goal, but minus one for leading the team with three giveaways and minus-one for winning only 27% of his faceoffs; +1
Krys Barch: one because I’d rather have him in the lineup than certain others; +1
James Neal: minus-one for coming off a great game and doing absolutely nothing; -1
Brian Sutherby: one for winning 50% of his faceoffs when nobody else could win any and one “please don’t be hurt” point; +2
Loui Eriksson: two for the assist and one for tying for most blocked shots with four; +3
Mark Fistric: one for being the only D to end in the positive and one for upending Olli Jokinen in front of the net; +2
Steve Ott: one for the fight, one for not losing it, but minus-one for picking it to begin with; +1
Marty Turco: one for not sucking; +1
Darryl Sydor: one for tying for most blocked shots with four; +1

March 15, 2009

SHR +/- 3/14/09 (DAL vs MIN)

by Kristine

Nicklas Grossman: three for the goal, one for being so excited to score it, one for catching Robi’s flying leap into his arms, but minus-one for the PK issues that led to the Wild’s PPG; +4

Stephane Robidas: one for playing a team-high 27:26 and still ending the game +2, one for tying most SOG with four, and one for the flying leap into Grossman’s arms; +3

Trevor Daley: two for having a great defensive game; +2

Mike Modano:
one for coming out with his skates on fire and one for yet again forgetting he’s supposed to be “old”; +2

Brendan Morrison:
one for winning all four of his faceoffs since that’s what he’s supposed to be good at and one for making such an effort to fit in with the team; +2

James Neal:
one for showing that he’s still a big puck-pursuing puppy with four takeaways; +1

Brian Sutherby:
one for tying most hits with five; +1

Loui Eriksson:
two for each assist and one for being aware of where his linemates are at all times; +7

Landon Wilson:
one for hard work and a good game; +1

Chris Conner:
one for hard work and a good game; +1

Mark Fistric:
minus-one for the unneccessary penalty; -1

Steve Ott:
three for each goal and one for tying most SOG with four; +7

Marty Turco:
two for giving up nothing but the post in the third but minus one for not locking it down earlier; +1

Joel Lundqvist:
minus-one for doing basically nothing at a time when he should be trying to prove his worth to the team; -1

Steve Begin:
one for tying most hits with five; +1

Mike Ribeiro:
two for each assist, one for tying his career high with a seven-game point streak, and one for winning 61% of his faceoffs, including the one that sent Grossman his game-winner; +6

March 9, 2009

Sutherby Signed

by Kristine

The Stars announced today that they have signed Brian Sutherby to a two-year contract extention worth a total of $1.625 million.

The news is bitter sweet as everyone agrees that this likely means Joel Lundqvist will be out of a job when he hits unrestricted  free agency this summer. My question is, does Sutherby bring more to the lineup than Lundqvist? As much as I like Lundy – and I do – I feel like the answer to that is “yes.” Somebody made the point that while Lundqvist looks good only with Eriksson and Richards this season, Sutherby is like “spackle” and fits in with almost anyone. To me, that’s what it comes down to. The more guys you have who can find chemistry easily, the more line combinations you have and the more depth you have.

The official release is here.

February 24, 2009

Game Review – 2/23/09 (DAL vs SJS)

by Chelsea

Mostly This:

Dunno who showed up from San Jose but the team that played against Dallas for the first two periods did not look like a team who leads the league in points.

Little Bit of This: 
 


Only one goal was scored, at 7:55 in the third period by Devin Setoguchi. The Stars weren’t able to score in the 48ish minutes before and didn’t manage it in the 12 after. It wasn’t so much that the Sharks won the two points as it was Nabokov stole them from the Stars.

Too Much of This:

Injuries just to centers…

Brad Richards: 6-8 weeks with a broken wrist.

Mike Modano: day-to-day with the flu

Toby Petersen: 4+ weeks with a broken foot

Yup. Stars played over half of this game with basically two centers both working overtime. Mike Ribeiro deserves a big gold star for his efforts. Brian Sutherby… well, who would have thought how important he’d be when we picked him up? 

And Just Enough of This: 

Dallas played a disciplined game, putting the Sharks up a man only three times. During each penalty kill, everyone was moving in front of pucks to block shots or intercept passes. Sharks PP got absolutely nowhere, a big part of what kept the game scoreless for so long. 

The youth had a solid night too, when it came to stepping on special teams. Mark Fistric saw some time on the PK, and lead the team in blocked shots with four. Fabian Brunnstrom and James Neal both saw time (and good opportunities) on the power play. 

SHR +/-: 

Mike Modano: one for trying to continue his career-best consecutive games streak despite fighting the flu; +1
Toby Petersen: one sympathy point; +1
Brian Sutherby: one for leading in shots on goal; +1
Mark Fistric: one for leading in blocked shots; +1
Marty Turco: two for a stellar effort but minus-one for still letting in a sorta soft goal; +1
Joel Lundqvist: one for an overall strong game; +1
Mike Ribeiro: one for being a good top line center when the team really needed one; +1
Fabian Brunnstrom: one for being the super-determined rookie while Neal takes a slight mental vacation; +1

 

 

February 14, 2009

Game Review – 2/13/09 (DAL vs VAN)

by Chelsea

Game:

For the third time in the last five games, the Stars played hard and still gave up the first goal. For the second time in those games, they picked themselves up and battled on to pull out the win.

For the fourth time in the six February games, the other team would only manage to get one goal by Turco before he locked it down. If he’s tired, it isn’t showing.

Unfortunately, it was also the second time in as many games that the Stars offense struggled. With the top players coming off up up to 8-game point streaks, nothing was going in. After getting shut out in their last game, it took the Stars half-way through the second period to finally get a goal. The posts were not cooperating, rejecting at least a couple of Jere Lehtinen’s shots. Both Modano and Neal missed open nets.

In fact, 1/3 of the points they picked up in assists and goals came from Matt Niskanen and Marty Turco. Not exactly known for their offensive capability. Meanwhile, points leaders like Brad Richards and Mike Ribeiro were held off the board entirely. 

Though, I attribute that to the fact that it was unofficially Swedes Night in Dallas. There were nine Swedish players between the two teams, and they were the ones that produced the most. Loui Eriksson lead them all with a goal and an assist for the night, including his set-up of fellow Swede Joel Lundqvist, who scored his first of the season. Meanwhile, Vancouver’s Swedes combined for 9 shots on goal and 5 hits. 

Speaking of hits, the Stars outhit the Canucks 45-34. I don’t keep track, but that’s got to be one of the highest hit totals for Dallas all season. Five players (Ribeiro, Lundqvist, Sutherby, Neal, Barch) had at least five hits. Ribeiro’s check on someone (Ohlund?) at the end of the first definitely should have been put on the highlight reel.

In the end, though, it really came down to the goaltending. 

LaBarbera was excellent again, filling in for Roberto Luongo. Luckily for us, though, Turco was one goal better. It’s very nice to be able to say again that Turco stole a game for us. With the kind of pressure that Vancouver was applying, it’s clear that we would have lost that game had it not been for his netminding. When he’s on his game, he’s practically unstoppable. However… when he lets in the third shot that the opposition takes, there’s still that little catch, and you can’t help but wonder if he’s suddenly back to being that Turco again. 

It was a good win though. Despite the struggles offensively, the team stayed together and earned their two points. Turco and Eriksson were game-winners in every sense of the word.

Sidenote: Tobias Stephan played his third game with his (hopefully) temporary AHL team, stopping 21 of 22 shots to help his team to a 4-1 win. He’s now 3-0-0 since being sent down, and was named second star of the game. 

SHR +/-:

Stephane Robidas: minus-one for his penalty trifecta; -1
Matt Niskanen: two for the assist and one for an all-around good game; +3
Mike Modano: two for the assist and one for being the only center that won most their faceoffs; +3
Krys Barch: one for delivering five hits; +1
James Neal: one for effort, one for delivering six hits, but minus-one for being able to only hit the post now and never the net; +1
Brian Sutherby: two for delivering a team-high seven hits; +2
Loui Eriksson: three for the goal and two for the assist; +5
Steve Ott: one for delivering five hits; +1
Tobias Stephan: two for his awesomeness in the AHL; +2
Marty Turco: three for the good goaltending, two for the assist, and one for stealing the win; +6
Joel Lundqvist: three for the goal, one for finally getting it, and two for the look he gave Ric when he brought up how long it’d been in the postgame show; +6
Mike Ribeiro: one for delivering five hits but minus-one for losing so many faceoffs; +0
Brad Richards: minus-one for being absolutely awful at taking faceoffs; -1
Fabian Brunnstrom: one because we’re still so happy that he’s back to playing again; +1

February 12, 2009

Game Review 2/11/09 – (DAL vs PHX)

by Chelsea

When All Else Fails, Juggle Lines:

 
“Dude. What’re you doing?”
“I’m taking a faceoff.”
“Seriously?”
“Coach told me I’m centering this line.”
“You’re joking. Tipp?”
“You’ll be on his left wing, and I’m trying Turco out on his right.”
Turco “But I haven’t played anything other than goalie in over twenty years.”
“Yeah, but over 50% of players surveyed thought you’d be the goaltender best suited to play forward-“
Turco “Alright, alright, I get it. Let me take this goalie gear off?”
Tippett “No time! Just trade sticks with Petersen there so he can get in net.”
Petersen  
“So in Swedish it’s..?”
Idiotiskt.
“Right… idiotiskt. This is idiotiskt.”
“Ja.”

 

SHR +/-:

Matt Niskanen: one for trying to clean up Sydor’s mess; +1
Mike Modano: minus-one for having 4 GV, minus-two for being completely unable to finish on some prime scoring chances, but one for trying anyway; -2
Krys Barch: one for the fight, two for dominating it, and one for good timing in picking it; +4
Brian Sutherby: one for the.. scuffle, minus-one for losing it, and minus-one for the dumb penalty; -1
Steve Ott: one for delivering 6 hits; +1
Marty Turco: two for solid effort; +2
Joel Lundqvist: one for delivering 6 hits; +1
Darryl Sydor: minus-one for prodding delicately at the Coyote with the puck instead of trying to take the man or said puck, and minus-two for the goal that was scored immediately after; -3
Mike Ribeiro: one for delivering 6 hits; +1
Brad Richards: one for leading in SOG with 8; +1
Fabian Brunnstrom: one yay! point for not being too hurt to play; +1

February 11, 2009

Game Review – 2/06/09 (DAL vs NYR)

by Chelsea

Game: 

What should have been a battle between twins Joel and Henrik Lundqvist ended up being more of a pity-the-backup-goalie night, as Henrik was unable to netmind for the Rangers because of the flu. Instead of facing his brother, Joel and the Stars were up against Stephen Valiquette. 

On the other end of the ice was Marty Turco, backed up by Brent Krahn instead of Tobias Stephan, who was sent down to the minors. 

When the puck dropped, everyone basically expected a repeat of the Stars’ last game against the Rangers; a 2-1 win in New York decided mostly with special teams and strong defense. 

It seemed, at first, that that was exactly how the game was going to go.

Though four goals were scored in the first twenty minutes, the period ended with a very reachable 3-1 Stars lead, if the Rangers could manage at least two more goals over the final two periods. 

However, they weren’t able to gain any ground in the second period, with both teams scoring to make the game 4-2. 

Though the Stars’ firepower in the first period would have been enough to carry them through the game, and despite Tippett putting youth and bottom lines out instead of his top players, they turned the game into a historic blowout with 6 third period goals.

The game ended 10-2 Stars. 

Points Summary:

Mike Ribeiro: 2 goals, 2 assists
Jere Lehtinen: 1 goal, 2 assists
Steve Ott: 1 goal, 2 assists
Fabian Brunnstrom: 1 goal, 2 assists 
Matt Niskanen: 3 assists
James Neal: 2 goals
Darryl Sydor: 1 goal, 1 assist
Mike Modano: 2 assists
Brian Sutherby: 1 goal
Brad Richards: 1 goal
Andrew Hutchinson: 1 assist

Notes:

  •  The three game stars, in order: Ribeiro, Ott, Lehtinen
  • The game was Fabian Brunnstrom’s first game back from injury, but also his last; on the last goal, he was tripped up and left the ice noticeably limping. 
  • The team netted 4 power play goals in one game for the first time since 2006.
  • Since moving to Dallas, the Stars hadn’t gotten 10 goals in one game – until this one. They also set the record for most goals in one period since the move from Minnesota.
  • Ott and Lehtinen continued their points streaks to seven games, a career-high for both.

SHR +/-:

Matt Niskanen: two for each assist and one for good defense; +7
Mike Modano: two for each assist; +4
Krys Barch: one for getting 8 hits and one for creating some good offensive opportunities; +2
James Neal: three for each goal but minus-one for sort of stealing a goal from Brunnstrom;  +5
Brian Sutherby: three for the goal; +3
Jere Lehtinen: three for the goal and two for each assist; +7
Andrew Hutchinson: two for the assist; +2
Steve Ott: three for the goal, two for each assist, and one for getting 9 hits; +8
Marty Turco: two for a good game and one for an especially solid third period; +3
Darryl Sydor: three for the goal and two for the assist; +5
Mike Ribeiro: three for each goal, two for each assist, and one for leading with 5 takeaways; +11
Brad Richards: three for the goal and one for leading in SOG; +4
Fabian Brunnstrom: three for the goal, two for each assist, and one for a good game back; +6

February 9, 2009

SHR +/- Catch Up

by Chelsea

1/21/09 – DAL at FLA:

Stephane Robidas: two for the assist; +2
Matt Niskanen: two for the assist; +2
Trevor Daley:  minus-one for being the only Star with a negative +/-: -1
Mike Modano: three for the goal; +3
Krys Barch: one for tying for the lead in hits; +1
James Neal: two for the assist; +2
Loui Eriksson: two for the asisst; +2
Jere Lehtinen: two for the assist; +2
Steve Ott: two for the assist; +2
Marty Turco: one for a solid game; +1
Joel Lundqvist: one for tying for the lead in hits; +1
Darryl Sydor: one for leading in +/-; +1
Mike Ribeiro: three for each goal and one for leading in shots on goal; +10 
Brad Richards: one for the assist; +1 

2/05/09 – DAL at COL: 

Matt Niskanen: two for each assist and one for leading in takeaways; +5
Toby Petersen: two for the assist; +2
Loui Eriksson: three for the goal; +3
Jere Lehtinen: two for the assist; +2
Steve Ott: three for the goal and one for leading in SOG; +4 
Mike Ribeiro: minus-one for doing so poorly in faceoffs; -1
Brad Richards: minus-one for doing so poorly in faceoffs; -1