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December 12, 2008

Robidas Busts Lip, Loses Teeth, Breaks Jaw?

by Chelsea

Very sad and very untimely news today. 😦

After taking a hit to the mouth in the first period of the game against the Coyotes, defenseman Stephane Robidas missed a good chunk of the second but returned stitched up and played the rest of the game. He logged a full 25 minutes and appeared to be a bit beat up but otherwise alright.

Yesterday, we heard this:

Robidas was seeing an oral surgeon today and Tippett said they’d know more tomorrow about it. As he said, and as we all know from watching Roby these past few seasons, if there’s a possibility Robidas will play, then he’ll be out there on the ice.

From Tracey Myers.

While the idea of Robidas not being there to face the Red Wings was a little nauseating, he wouldn’t be the first person to lose a few teeth this season.

Then, Tracey reports this straight out of practice today:

Robidas breaks jaw, out a week

That’s the word out of practice, as one more is added to the Stars’ list of walking wounded. And there are no other defensemen available for immediate call-up (Tippett said Mark Fistric is still working through his recent knee surgery).
Ah- what? But he played the rest of the game! With a broken jaw?!
We’re both confused and very unhappy. That leaves, what, Grossman as our best D guy? Against the defending champs? If the Stars aren’t functioning as a solid unit for the entire game, they’re going to get picked apart like roadkill.
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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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December 12, 2008

Game Review – 12/10/08 (DAL vs PHX)

by Chelsea

Game:

There was an indiscernible good feeling going into this game. The Avery situation was being dealt with, we had a new center and an actual fourth line in Swedish import Tom Wandell, and were coming off a slight but much-needed win against Colorado.

Of course, assuming you know how the game ended, that good feeling did not bring us the start of a winning streak. Instead, it was quickly converted into a grimace-inducing loss.

The first period started with a bit of hope. Rookie James Neal spent some time exchanging hits with Todd Fedoruk, a big hitter with nearly 40 pounds on Neal. Fedoruk, who did not register points, but made an effort to be a giant physical pain all night.

Shortly after, the first of many unnecessary penalties was taken, by Coyote Zbynek Michalek, at 2:04 for sending the puck over the glass. Whoops.

The two minutes passed with the Stars only getting 1 shot on goal, from RW Mark Parrish. How many times do they have to be told to shoot the puck on the man advantage?

The PP did give Dallas strong momentum, though, and it turned into points shortly after Phoenix returned to full strength.

The production came from a fast, well-orchestrated play from Chris Conner to  Toby Petersen, and then from Petersen to Trevor Daley.  Daley took a shot off from the faceoff circle left of Bryzgalov that rang off the post and into the net, giving Dallas a 1-0 lead 4:34 into the first. I believe, though I’m not entirely positive, that it was the first goal from a Dallas defenseman since Matt Niskanen scored on October 29th against the Minnesota Wild.

Darryl Sydor joined in the fun at 4:50, flipping the puck off the ice and getting 2 minutes for it.

Phoenix captain Shane Doan pretty much dominated that PP, nearly scoring on Turco and doing his best to squash Mike Ribeiro. No PPG for them, though. Towards the end of the PK, Loui Erikkson got a scoring opportunity against Bryzgalov, unfortunately stopped.

Not even three minutes after taking an early lead, the Stars saw it slip away. At 7:19, Martin Hanzal wreaked some emotional havoc for the first of two times in the game. With half of the Stars on the ice getting tricked and confused behind the net, and Turco unable to slid across his crease fast enough, Hanzal slid the puck barely between Turco and the post to tie the game. Unlucky Breaks Tally (things that, had they not happened, would have kept Dallas from being a crumbly mess): 1.

Viktor Tikhonov and Zbynek Michalek with assists.

Brad Richards got all flustered or something? Got his second regular season penalty as a Star for holding the stick at 8:10. D’oh! Richards. Do I directly blame him for the following goal? No, but only because penalties are so rare from him. Otherwise, well, you can’t get scored on during the PK if you don’t have guys in the box to begin with.

At 9:49, Olli Jokinen, returning to the lineup for the first time since his shoulder injury, tipped a puck in past Turco from a blue line shot by Ed Jovanovski. Second assist went to Derek Morris.

However, not even a minute later (10:26), Mikkel Boedker got a holding penalty on Chris Conner and put the Stars on a critical power play.

The game was re-tied shortly after, during the consequential power play, when James Neal found himself with a puck and a partially open net. Stephane Robidas faked a shot, drawing Bryzgalov out of position, only to pass the puck to Neal, who steadied it and put it in the net.

The goal came at 10:58, with Mike Modano getting the second assist.

There were four more penalties in the first. Tikhonov got a hooking minor for the Coyotes. Andrew Hutchinson got the third delay of game penalty for the Stars. Then, Enver Lisin and Derek Morris took back-to-back cross checking penalties. Despite all the man advantages and a 5-on-3 in favor of the Stars, the score remained tied exiting the first.

Somewhere in here, Stephane Robidas took a puck/stick (I believe it is the latter, but have heard it was the former) in the mouth, leaving plenty of blood on the ice and would not return until midway through the second period. Anyone know for sure how it happened?

Second period.

Started on a power play. Then, at 3:13, got another one when Lisin got two minutes for hooking Sydor. Shockingly, the Stars did not score on their power play.

In typical Stars fashion, as two minutes is not enough time for them to convert momentum into scoring, the goal came a little bit later.

It was off another fast play from a lower line (Brunnstrom-Petersen-Conner, I believe?) that led to Conner setting up Fabian “Tiebreaker Bunny” Brunnstrom out in front of the net. And so the tie was broken. 3-2 Stars at 8:35 in the second, Conner and Sydor with the assists.

Things went pretty well for awhile after that, despite a couple untimely penalties and pathetic power plays. Trevor Daley, who saved a goal somewhere in the first by backing up Turco and clearing the puck from his crease, would eat any points he would have earned by taking a stupid penalty that changed the momentum of the game.

Basically, Daniel Carcillo, who had been in the box for knocking over Turco who totally sold it as goalie interference by being really easy to knock over, managed to sneak out of the sin bin with remarkable timing. Daley, who let Carcillo sneak up and grab the puck between him and Turco without even realizing, suddenly found himself chasing a possibly problematic breakaway. So, what did he do? He tried to chop Carcillo down like a tree by slashing him in the legs. Thus, setting up the Coyotes for a power play of their own.

Jokinen, on PP fire, made sure to punish Daley thoroughly. At 19:56 in the third, during a frantic PK that was barely holding on to their team’s lead, Marty Turco was thrown horribly out of position and left a gaping net for Jokinen, who took full advantage. Jovanovski and Mueller got the assists.

Second period ended with a major blow, and a loss of momentum not to be regained.

Third period. Mm. That fuse that the ‘Yotes lit in the second? It’d set off a big time explosion not too long after.

Only five minutes in, Turco left his crease to retrieve the puck, hitting it around the boards behind his net. As he slowwllly wannddered back to his crease, the puck bounced oddly and unfortunately off Daley’s stick. Unlucky Breaks Tally: 2. The puck hopped out eagerly in front of the net, where Martin Hanzal just so happened to be. While Matt Niskanen dived out in front of the still-empty net, Hanzal had no trouble getting it past him, and it suddenly became a chasing game again.

I timed it. Is there any reason it takes Turco 6 seconds to get from the board to his net? We saw Tobias Stephan move from the crease to the bench in about 2 seconds. Come on, Turco, would a little hustle kill you? Ergggg. Even Niskanen saw it coming and thought fast enough to try and stop it.

The goal came at 5:21 and was unassisted (and giftwrapped. Merry Christmas!).

The Stars tried to fight back unsuccessfully. Neal got a little violent and took his anger out on Carcillo, much to our delight. Carcillo, meet Neal; Carcillo, meet ice.

As the clock wound down, the Stars (very stupidly – do they watch their own PPs?) went empty net. The puck bounced through center ice soooon after, Steven Reinprecht picked it up, Robidas was the nearest Star and still all the way across the ice. He couldn’t catch up, Reinprecht has enough skill to score in an empty net, and it was 5-3 Coyotes.

Goal was at 19:36, with assists to Shane Doan and Ilya Bryzgalov.

Notes:

  • Three game stars, in order: Jokinen, Neal, Hanzal
  • Despite missing a large chunk of the game getting stitched up, and spending the rest occassionally dripping blood onto the ice, Stephane Robidas led the team in TOI with 25:14.
  • Speaking of Robidas, he also tied with Toby Petersen for most SOG (4), tallied an assist, and ended the game even in +/-.
  • James Neal led the team in takeaways (3) and Grossman and Daley tied for most blocked shots with 4 each.
  • Brad Richards had the worst +/- at -3, tallied no points, and only got 1 SOG in over twenty minutes of ice time.
  • Turco stopped 29 of 33 shots for a .879 sv%.
  • Tom Wandell made his debut, but only got six minutes and did not register any points.

SHR +/-:

Nicklas Grossman: two for tying for the lead in hits and blocked shots; +2
Stephane Robidas: two for the assist and two for a good game despite playing with a bloody mouth; +4
Trevor Daley: three for the goal, one for the goal he prevented, minus-two for the stupid penalty, and minus-two for the goal he giftwrapped; +0
Mike Modano: two for the assist; +2
Krys Barch: two for tying for the lead in most hits; +2
Toby Petersen: two for the assist and one for an otherwise good game; +3
James Neal: three for the goal; +3
Tom Wandell: one for his debut; +1
Chris Conner: two for each assist; +4
Marty Turco: minus-two for icky savelessness; -2
Darryl Sydor: two for the assist; +2
Brad Richards: minus-one for the team worst +/- and minus-one for the rare stupid penalty; -2
Fabian Brunnstrom: three for the goal; +3

November 16, 2008

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

October 31, 2008

Tonight’s NHL Results

by Kristine

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

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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 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)