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January 11, 2009

Game Review – 1/10/09 (DAL at PHX)

by Chelsea

Game:

Thanks to some serious lack of offense, we were treated to basically three hours of Ralph and Razor’s Goalie Exhibition.

On one end of the rink was Ilya Bryzgalov, claimed off waivers from Anaheim in November 2007.

On the other was Marty Turco, drafted, farmed, and raised to magnificence by the Stars.

While, at first glance, it was perfectly reasonable to expect a 3-2 game from the two goaltenders, the reality was that they’d built up walls between the pipes and dared someone to get something through. 

The first period was uneventful at best. There was only one penalty, a hooking minor called on Stephane Robidas at 19:35, and no scoring. James Neal and Loui Eriksson both had chances on Bryzgalov, but they were distance shots that he was able to get a piece of and hold the game scoreless.

The second period belonged to the goalies, though, and brought the audience to a single conclusion: these netminders would not soon be cracked, and whoever managed to get something by them would probably win the game.

Despite a myriad of penalties (Kyle Turris at 3:07, Robidas again at 6:08, and Steven Reinprecht at 18:31) and following power play opportunities, the game continued at a 0-0 tie.

Bryzgalov and Turco both came up big in the period, matching each other in big saves. When the Phoenix goalkeeper gobbled up a juicy rebound on the Stars PP, Turco raised the bid by shutting the door on a Martin Hanzal breakaway attempt. 

The second period ended scoreless, and during intermission we were treated to an interview with Steve Ott. He looked a little worn out, the blood on his jersey a testament to how hard the teams were going at each other, and assured Razor that getting a goal would make it all feel better.

Third period started, and we were treated to the climax of a great goaltender battle.

Turco began the challenge by shutting down the Coyotes power play after Trevor Daley got two minutes for holding at 5:52.

Bryzgalov responded by putting the lock on Loui Eriksson, who tried to redirect a centering feed into the net. 

At the other end of the ice, it was the Marty Turco show again, when he stopped an initial shot and let his rebound loose out in front. When Turris grabbed the puck and tried to put it in the open net, Turco absolutely robbed him with a larcenous glove save. 

The game went into overtime and out again with nobody scoring, giving shutouts to both goalies. It was Turco’s first of the season, and first road shutout in over 80 games.

The shootout was painful, as always. Richards, Lindstrom, and Eriksson were all stopped, but Mueller scored, putting the Coyotes up one after two rounds. Ribeiro scored in the third, utilizing his between-the-legs trick (and a bit of luck) to get the puck in the net. Turco stopped Jokinen with a steady glove save, putting the game in sudden death shootout mode.

Neal and Reinprecht both scored in round four.

Unfortunately, Modano tried his typical high glove side shot and was stopped, but Turris managed to fake out Turco with some forehand to backhand trickery, and Phoenix won the game 1-0.

Notes:

  • The three stars, in order: Bryzgalov, Turco, Turris
  • The shutout was Turco’s first in 46 games and 34th of his career.
  • Neal’s shootout goal was his second on his second career attempt. That’s 100%, or for the people that like comparing him to the Dallas captain, the exact same amount of goals and attempts as Brenden Morrow.
  • Joel Lundqvist returned to the lineup, on a line with Richards and Eriksson, and said after the game that he felt pretty good. 
  • Chris Conner and Doug Janik were the healthy scratches.
  • The Stars outshot the Coyotes 38-28 and won 57% of the faceoffs.
  • The Coyotes outhit the Stars, however, 36-20. 9 of those hits were from Neal and Ott alone.
  • Conclusion: Was it Bryzgalov just in the zone, or is there something wrong with our offense that makes good goalies look like great ones? The PP is struggling again and it’s almost starting to look like the Stars just can’t hit the net from any distance. Who cares if you outshoot the opponent every game if all 40 shots go straight to the goalie?

SHR +/-:

Nicklas Grossman: one for solid defense; +1
Stephane Robidas: minus-one for the dumb penalty but one for the penalty that saved a goal; +0
Matt Niskanen: one for solid defense; +1
Trevor Daley: minus-one for the dumb penalty; -1
Mike Modano: minus-one for lack of shootout creativity; -1
James Neal: one for the shootout goal, one for style, and one for leading in hits; +3
Loui Eriksson: one for leading in shots on goal and one for looking hurt on the bench but nearly scoring on the following shift; +2
Steve Ott: one for being energetic and fearless; +1
Marty Turco: four for the shutout, one for all the big saves, but minus-one for being easily tricked in the shootout; +4
Joel Lundqvist: two for being healthy and one for reminding us all why we need him; +3
Mike Ribeiro: one for the shootout goal; +1
Brad Richards: one for dominating in the faceoff circle; +1

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January 3, 2009

Favorite Razorisms of 2008

by Chelsea

If you’ve ever listened to the other team’s broadcast, or watched a game that doesn’t involve the Stars, you’ve probably spent half the time wishing you had Ralph and Razor instead of those homers who don’t know what they’re talking about. Sure, some other teams do have good play-by-play or color commentary guys, but they just never seem to compare. 

What better way to remember some of our favorite moments from 2008 than through the voices of the duo that was there through it all?

Because this blog is new and written by people with bad memory, all of the ones in this post are actually from the 2008 part of the 08-09 season. If anyone has some of their own favorites, say from the end of 07-08, they should absolutely contribute!

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After the Stars lost their first two games of their late-October, early-November road trip:
– “Your special teams (powerplay and penalty killing) are the electrical. Right now – they aren’t up to code and are probably a fire hazard.” – Razor, in an analogy about how the team is a house in need of repair.
 

From the 12/02/08 game against the Calgary Flames:
-“That’s an elbow-rectomy.” – Razor, after Chris Conner had his face introduced to someone’s elbow for about the fifth time in that game.
 

From the 12/13/08 game against the Nashville Predators:
– “Left hand larcenous glove grab of the highest order!” – Razor, after Tobias Stephan made a highlight reel glove save.
 

After it was announced Sean Avery would not be returning to the Stars:
– “For this hockey team, the 08-09 Stars, the guy was like a skating, swaggering, insolent, Gucci-labeled case of necrotizing fasciitis.” – Razor, in why Avery was so toxic to the team.  
 

From the 12/23/08 game against the Toronto Maple Leafs:
– “Steve, Santa’s not going to come to your door if you keep that up.” – Razor, while the camera was on a very smug Steve Ott, who’d just successfully agitated a Leaf into taking a penalty
 – “Nik Hagman tried to pull a Ribeiro on Ribeiro, and it didn’t work” – Ralph, after Niklas Hagman tried to puckhandle around Mike Ribeiro unsuccessfully.

I don’t have the direct quote, but Razor telling Ric Renner that his hair looks like something out of a boy band also absolutely belongs on this list. 

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The Stars have their first game of 2009 tonight against the Oilers, in Edmonton. Ought to be a good showing, with both teams well rested and fighting to climb into playoff spot territory. Here’s to great start (and another great year of Ralph and Razor)!

November 27, 2008

Game Review – 11/26/08 (DAL at MIN)

by Chelsea

Game:

The Stars were in Minnesota to face the Wild for the second time this season. The first we met, backup Tobias Stephan played and was only scored on during the Wild PP in a 4-2 Stars win. That game was a big win, as the Wild had yet to be beaten in regulation and sported an unbeaten PK. Neither of those records escaped unscathed. 

Tonight, the Stars and Wild met again, this time with still-struggling Marty Turco in the pipes. It was a bit of a homecoming for Dallas’ Matt Niskanen, Mark Parrish, and Toby Petersen, who are all Minnesota-born. Niskanen, having been good against the Wild in the past, resumed his spot in exchange for Doug Janik being scratched. 

Game started at 7:00 PM CT.

Scoring nearly opened with a shot from Mikko Koivu that rang off the post. It’d be the first of many unlucky moments for Koivu. 

I was taking notes during this game, and the first one was here, at 3:30. A quote from Razor, “And Niskanen- why not shoot it?” Yes, that’s right, Niskanen got brave with the puck.

The second note was at about 6:00, when Neal caught an airborne puck at a weird angle and managed to pass it to Avery, who… completely didn’t see it until it was behind him and the Wild had it. Erg, Avery.

But, anyway. Scoring actually opened at 8:41, courtesy of James Neal. Brad Richards unintentionally began the play when he shot the puck towards the net and it bounced off the skates of Martin Skoula. He had possibly the two best people to back him up, though; Loui Eriksson grabbed the loose puck, deftly protecting it from James Sheppard long enough to pass it to a net-crashing Neal. Neal’s speedy wrister beat Backstrom and put us on the board. 

This moment was important for many reasons. It was Neal’s first career goal in an away game, good to get that out of the way, and the Stars have a very strong record this season for when they score first (6-2-1). 

However, the Wild came back with a vengeance, destroying the Stars lead in a matter of minutes. 

At 9:49, Eric Belanger scored on a rebound from Brent Burns and Marc-Andre Bergeron. Blame goes partially to Sergei Zubov and Darryl Sydor, who (respectively) wandered out of position and weren’t able to claim the loose puck.

Then, at 12:45, on a Wild power play (can thank Landon Wilson for that one, having gotten an interference minor at 11:05), Owen Nolan broke the newly-made tie. That play was just sloppy all-around, with Turco committing to the wrong shooter and Stephane Robidas unable to cover his mistake. Mikko Koivu and Antti Miettinen got the assists.   

The official had us all referring to our rule books when, at 13:26, he called a face-off violation penalty on Andrew Brunette. Razor seemed surprised, saying, “It was a new rule a couple years ago and I’ve never seen it called.” Ralph agreed that he’d never seen it called either. 

The power play did not result in a goal, but it had good points from Neal (who I noted as being “all over the puck”) and Sean Avery (who Razor noted as creating a “wonderful disruption” in the crease). Also, not long afterwards, Niskanen got a highlight-worthy hit in when he smeared Benoit Pouliot across the boards. 

Neal and Parrish both did their bests to cram the puck in behind Backstrom, but the period ended 2-1 Wild.

Second period…

Started off painfully. Brunette, seemingly to make up for his face-off issues earlier, tipped a shot from Skoula past Turco at 1:06. Nobody saw it coming, except maybe Brunette. Eric Belanger with the second assist.

A minute later, 6’8” 260 lb Derek Boogaard did his best to squish 5’11” 190 lb Robidas into the boards. Robidas, us at SHR, and Krys Barch all took offense at this. Barch shoved Boogaard in the side of the head as he rose from the hit, Robidas gave him a shove in the back, and Boogaard challenged Barch to a scrum. Despite being 6” shorter and 30 lbs lighter, Barch accepted. He dealt with the size difference by clinging to Boogaard’s jersey and holding on for his life while his kidney got tenderized by an enormous fist. Better that than his brains, though.

Both got five for fighting, and Boogaard got an extra two for elbowing. 

Once that PP was killed off without a SOG, the Wild got one of their own when Toby Petersen took a hooking minor at 6:01.

At 6:20, the game nearly slipped out of reach when a shot from Koivu snapped across Turco’s crossbar and set off the goal light. However, the officials went to review the goal for such a lengthy amount of time that, when Wild momentum had been effectively lost when they returned with the no-goal verdict. Turns out, the puck went from crossbar to pipe and out again without ever crossing the goal line. 

With the tiniest bit of momentum offered, the Stars grabbed on and refused to let go. The penalty was otherwise killed and Turco reacted with what appeared to be a new determination; three goals were enough for one game. 

Around 12:15, Nicklas Grossman did one of his “I am taller and can force you to the ice on your back with one shove” upendings that we love so much. But then, at 15:29, he grabbed someone for a holding minor and put the Stars on PK again.

That PK almost ended badly, with a flurry of action in front of Turco, but he did his job well, and 17:30 James Neal emerged from the scramble alone with the puck.

As he crossed center ice, it looked like Neal would get some help from Grossman as he emerged from the “sin bin”, but he instead went straight to the bench. By the time he got to the Minnesota blue line, it was him, Bergeron, Kim Johnsson, and Cal Clutterbuck. Neal’s sheer determination led him to do something we’ve been sorely lacking- instead of waiting for his teammates, he risked a shot. Backstrom blocked the shot, but as Neal, Bergeron, and Clutterbuck closed in on the rebound, it was knocked into the net.


Looking closer, you can see that it was apparently Bergeron who offered a solid surface for the puck to deflect off of and into the net. You can also see Backstrom staring at the goal he thought he stopped. Whoopsies. 

Goal was counted at 17:40 to an unassisted Neal, since it would be cruel and backwards to give the assist to a member of the team he scored against. 

Then Barch hit Clutterbuck which made Pouliot mad so he roughed Barch and got a penalty.

During the PK, a clearing attempt bounced off Neal’s hand, and he retreated to the bench to have it looked at. He resumed play shortly after, so everything seems alright, but… Ott played out a game with a broken hand. Hopefully this time, no news is good news.

Dallas ended the period down one, but as Razor put it, “They’re behind, but they’re in this.”

Favorite quote in the entire game came from Razor, naturally, at the beginning of the third:

“The big puck-pursuing puppy, James Neal.”


I concur.

Avery went offside for probably the 10th time in the game, and when the official whistled him, he started to argue it. Really? Going to debate about whether or not you were offside? Annnnyway.

Koivu was thwarted for the third time in the game when he was joined by a teammate in a 2-on-1 rush against Robidas towards the Dallas net. Robidas used his classic dive ‘n’ slide to great effect, and they were unable to score. 

He was thwarted a fourth time soon after, in a mishap that had Turco stumbling against his net and knocking it loose, followed by some flopping save attempts and a Koivu goal. Because of the net not being off its moorings, the goal was automatically nullified. 

Between the two no-goals, Neal’s persistent rushes to the net, and some general good luck, the Stars constructed a momentous third, the likes of which not seen since last season’s playoffs. 

Neal proved his defensive worth as well, saving Dallas from a possibly game-ending Minnesota goal with his attentiveness and quick reflexes. 


Then, in one swift move, Brad Richards dispatched rumors that he’s entirely unable to put a puck in a fairly open net while simultaneously tying the game. He escaped from the corner behind Backstrom’s net with the puck, patiently waited for the defenseman and goalie in his way to drop to block any low shots, and shot it into the top corner very nicely. Loui Eriksson and Landon Wilson got assists. 3-3 at 8:30 in the third.

Mike Ribeiro and James Neal both nearly got tie-breaking goals, but that right would eventually go to our team leading goal scorer. 

At 13:00, Robidas blasted a shot through a mess of bodies, including that of Loui Eriksson, who tipped it in to give the Stars their first lead since ten minutes into the first period. They’d successfully dug themselves out of a 3-1 hole, and only had to keep the Wild from pushing the game into overtime.

It certainly helped that Brent Burns slashed Avery at 17:13 and spent 2/3 of the game’s remainder tucked safely away in the penalty box. The Stars didn’t score, but kept the Wild from an empty net assault until the final thirty seconds. Turco finished out the game with some important saves, and somehow, a roughing penalty at 20:00 against someone who was nowhere near him. I dunno.

The important thing is that the Wild did not score, and the Stars beat them 4-3 to claim a full 2 points and take a small step out of the league’s basement. 

Notes:

  • Three stars of the game (in order): Neal, Belanger, and Burns
  • Turco stopped 25 out of 28 shots, for a sv% of .892
  • The goals were the first career away goals for James Neal, whose previous 3 had all come in home games. They also marked his first career multi-point game.
  • Loui Eriksson now has 7 points in 5 games, with 10 goals and 7 assists for the 21 games this season. This is also known as “tied for 20th overall in the league for goals scored”, “on track for a 40-goal season”, and “five goals away from breaking his career best”. 
  • Someone please teach Avery the basics of the blue line, and how to properly cross it.
  • Jacques Lemaire might be a wonderful coach, but he’s a bit of a sore loser.
  • Goaltender Niklas Backstrom entered the match with a 44-0-3 career record when leading after the second period. He exited 44-1-3.  
  • For a team that’s been outscored 22-11 in the third period this season, the fact that the Stars outscored the Wild 2-0 in the third is hopefully a sign of positive change.
  • You can’t ignore, however, the fact that the Stars are now 0-16 on the PP for the last three games.
  • Stephane Robidas led the team in TOI, though Zubov and Daley were close behind.
  • Robidas also led in blocked shots, with 3. 
  • Daley led the team in +/- as a +4. Robidas was +3, and now leads the team in that regard as an overall +7.
  • James Neal led in SOG (5), though everyone but Fabian Brunnstrom had at least one.
  • Conclusion: Turco was good, but still had his share of costly mistakes. While a lot of this win can be attributed to luck, a good portion was also due to a change in attitude. Instead of giving up when they fell behind, the Stars finally showed a glimpse of how their team looks when rallied together.

SHR +/-:

Stephane Robidas: two for the assist and one for the strong +/- and blocked shots; +3
Matt Niskanen: one for a solid game; +1
Trevor Daley: two for impressive defense; +2
Krys Barch: one for standing up for Robidas, one for sheer bravery, one for the fight, but minus-one for losing it; +2
Sean Avery: one for crowding the crease but minus-one for all the offsides trouble; +0
James Neal: three for each goal, one for style, one for determination, and one for saving a goal; +9
Loui Eriksson: three for the goal and two for each assist; +7
Landon Wilson: two for the assist; +2
Marty Turco: one for the phantom roughing penalty; +1
Mark Parrish: one for persistence; +1
Mike Ribeiro: minus-one for trying too hard for pretty goals; -1
Brad Richards: three for the goal and two for the assist; +5
Fabian Brunnstrom: one for finally ending in the +/- positive; +1

November 21, 2008

Morrow Out Indefinitely

by Chelsea

Us SHR girls went to practice this morning. For having just lost a game 6-3 and running through a good amount of grinding drills, the players seemed surprisingly upbeat. Mark Parrish was chatty, Marty Turco was smiling and his usual social self, Joel Lundqvist and Ralph Strangis made surprise appearances, and Brad Richards did not in fact seem to be on the verge of tears. 

So, I get home to my trusted Mac intending to write a cheerful “Off Ice points for everyone!” practice update and a quick game review. Instead, there is this heart breaking news to share:

The Dallas Stars announced today that the left wing Brenden Morrow is out indefinitely with a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee that will require surgery. He is expected to miss up to six months. The club also recalled right wing Landon Wilson from Grand Rapids (AHL). 

“We are obviously very disappointed to hear the news about Brenden’s knee,” said Co-General Manager Les Jackson. “As our captain, he will obviously be missed, but we have every assurance that he can and will come back from this injury at 100 percent. There is a lot of hockey left to be played this season, and we are confident our team will rally together and keep pushing.”
The rest of the release is here.
Six months is the entire season, and that includes the post season. Even if his recovery goes extremely well, the chances of him coming back before the end of the regular season seem very slim. Nobody wants him to push himself to that point anyway, really. 
If anyone has a video of the incident in which he was hurt, or even knows the full reason, that’d be great. All I actually know is that he limped off the ice 6-7 minutes before the game ended last night, and wasn’t to be seen at practice this morning. 
 
Its a little hard to imagine the entire season without Morrow. I’m sure he’s even more broken over not being able to be there for his team than we are at him being hurt. Since he’s become captain, he’s missed half of a season due to severed wrist tendons, last year’s playoff run, and now again missing the majority of the season. In a painful coincidence, both season-ending injuries came during losses to the Chicago Blackhawks. 

In other injury-related news, Lundqvist was not wearing the sling that’s been supporting his injured shoulder, but instead appeared to be carrying it. He mentioned to someone that he was feeling a little better. However, he’s still a long ways off, not even skating in practice yet. No Lehtinen either.

I really hope the Stars players aren’t as ready to throw in the towel and call it a rebuilding/draft pick season as the fans are. 

Best wishes and get well soon, Morrow. 😦

October 24, 2008

Game Review – 10/23/08 (DAL at NYI)

by Chelsea

Game:

Last night, everyone tuned in to watch the Dallas Stars take on the New York Islanders in New York for what would become (as Razor said) a public flogging of the Islanders.

I can tell you two reactions I had at the beginning of the game. One was “Why do the Islanders look like a barely-blue version of the Flyers?”. The other was “Morrow and Ribeiro together!!!!”

I never watch Islanders games, and was under the assumption that their jerseys were actually blue. Not “blue if you tilt your head and look closely” blue. But yeah, the fact that they finally reunited the best bromance to ever hit hockey overshadowed that a little. No, I’m not biased.

Anyway…

When Islander Kyle Okposo took a penalty for sandwiching Sean Avery between himself and another Islander with excessive force (read: roughing), we did something we hadn’t done in many games.

We scored in the first five minutes, on a power play. We took the lead and held on tight.

Rather, Loui Eriksson did, 3:30 into the first. Only his second of the season, Louibot took a nice feed from Ribeiro to produce a tip-in that slid right past New York goalie Dipietro.

Pausing here to note how extremely happy Loui looked after scoring. It was like a little kid on hockey Christmas. His happy (and his goal) made us happy.

It began to look like a one-goal game, with both teams playing well defensively and both netminders producing walls across the pipes. For ten minutes, nothing happened. Then at 14:13 Mike Ribeiro strode into their offensive zone and passed the puck across Dipietro to nobody, and for a moment I wondered if he was imagining hockey players, until Brenden Morrow came charging up to catch the pass and tip it in behind poor Ricky. Stephane Robidas got the other assist.

Anyone get chills and wonder if they’d traveled back in time to the 07-08 playoffs?

There was more celebration, Morrow said “Yeah!” or “Nice pass!” to Ribeiro and we all agreed entirely.

If you were thinking, “Wow! This just couldn’t get any better!” you’d be wrong.

At 16:22, Sean Bergenheim of the New York Islanders took a two-minute minor for holding. Once again, Stars were on power play. Once again, Loui Eriksson stepped in to capitalize where we need it most – special teams. At 18:22 (a second too late to be a PP goal, but the PP is definitely what fueled it), Mike Ribeiro once again proved to us all that his lack of impact before had merely been punishment for having separated him from captain Brenden Morrow. He earned his third assist in three goals in the first period when he again directed the puck to Eriksson, who backhanded it across the goal line and into the net.

That’s how the first ended. Islanders were in a 3-0 hole and Marty Turco had kept them there by stopping nine out of nine shots.

The first intermission came and went.

The Stars opened the first with a lovely 5-on-3… in the Islanders’ favor. Stephane Robidas took a minor for kneeing, and Sean Avery took two minors for roughing (James Neal to serve the second). The situation was something like this:

Robidas knees someone, who goes down in a fit of complaints and whining. A handful of his teammates jump Robi – who doesn’t much go for fights – so Sean Avery, Nicklas Grossman, and Brad Richards come tearing over to back him up. Two guys take on Avery, so Fabian Brunnstrom comes over and gently redirects one. Turco wanders by. An official emerges with Robidas while Grossman shoulders two guys at once.

In the end, one of our best penalty killers and our chirpiest agitator ended up together in the penalty box for a full two minutes. Only one of the Islanders suffered consequences, Bergenheim, who got two minutes for roughing also. We get a quick view of the box, where Avery is making a gesture to Robidas that suggests he was saying “It’s alright, I’m in here all the time!” while Robidas looks like he’s going to die a little with every passing second.

Again, to quote Ralph and Razor, this was quite possibly just what the Stars defense needed. They fought through the 5-on-3 as a team and came out successful.

There was a lot of confusion (at one point, Neal and Avery and Boucher were all in the box together?) when Philippe Boucher got a penalty at 2:40 for cross-checking. Furthering the confusion was a 4-on-4, when Mike Cromrie took a minor for too many men on the ice. In the end, we resumed evenhanded play still at 3-0.

It would be Bill Guerin who’d crack the 3-0 egg for the Islanders. He swept through the Stars defensive zone at 10:16 in the second and turned a pass from Bergenheim into a goal against Turco. The Stars, however, would soon retaliate.

Three minutes later at 13:05, Krys Barch claimed the game winning goal for Dallas when he converted some nice moves by the Ribeiro-Morrow pairing into another tally on the scoreboard. Ribeiro dropped the puck behind him, where Morrow picked it up and sent it to Barch. Before the Islanders had even registered the exchange, it was in the net.

Sean Bergenheim caved in to Avery’s incessant chirping once again at 17:32, getting himself another two minutes in the box for roughing. It was an opportunity that the Islanders surely regretted giving to the Stars. At 18:27, Mike Ribeiro FINALLY got a goal for himself. After getting an assist on each of the night’s four goals, he got his first goal of the season on the power play, off a set-up from Brenden Morrow and Mike Modano.

The second ended at 5-1.

In the second intermission, Mike Ribeiro took a moment to give an interview. In it, he said that he felt the 5-0 shutout loss was the best game he’d had personally, and that the change we saw in tonight’s game came from an attitude change. He explained that he’d been frustrated for awhile, and was able to put that aside to think positively. I’m thinking he should give a lecture on that to the rest of the Stars.

Also: Nice crazy hair, Ribs. Please don’t buzzcut it.

Third period was not as exciting for us in that we didn’t score. It was exciting in that Loui Eriksson kept almost scoring and we kept hoping for a hat trick. It was not exciting in that it only took Mark Fistric 2:02 to trip someone and get himself a minor penalty. It was exciting in that it gave us two minutes without having to watch Mark Fistric.

It was not exciting in that it was that power play that gave the Islanders their second goal. At 3:28, Mark Streit scored. Assists went to Trent Hunter and Doug Weight.

It continued to be both exciting and not exciting. Dough Weight was called for elbowing at 10:16, then Boucher for interference at 16:55, then Mark Streit at 17:34 for boarding. Neither teams scored on any of those power plays.

With three seconds left in the game, unfortunately marring Turco’s sv% for the night, Jon Sim scored for the Islanders to make it 5-3. Assists went to Mark Streit and Bruno Gervais.

Still, it was a great game, and gave the Stars another 2 points on the season standings. They’re coming home with an overall successful road trip, 2-1-0. Tomorrow, they face the Capitals here at the AAC.

Kristine and I will absolutely be there.

Notes:

  • The three stars of the game were, in order: Mike Ribeiro, Loui Eriksson, Brenden Morrow.
  • Turco made 24 saves on 27 shots for a .888 Sv%. His GAA is now 4.04.
  • Mike Ribeiro now once again leads the Stars in points, with 9 for the season. His 5-point game marked a career high.
  • Philippe Boucher led in ice time with 25 minutes and tied with Trevor Daley and Stephane Robidas for shifts with 29.
  • Stephane Robidas led in hits, with 4.
  • Krys Barch took Islander Brendan Witt out of the game with a knee-to-knee collision. A shot to the Islander bench showed Witt in quite a bit of pain, and later he left the game completely. Best wishes to you, Witt.
  • The Stars once again led in faceoffs, winning 62%.
  • Conclusion: You know that feeling you get when you’ve been gone awhile and you’re headed back and catch a glimpse of your home town from a distance? That “aww, I’m almost home!” feeling? That’s what this game felt like.

Official SHR +/-:

Nicklass Grossman: two for backing up Robi in the conflict and minus-one for having a team-low of -2 in the +/-; +1
Stephane Robidas: two for the hit and following conflict, minus-one for not fighting back really, two for the assist, and one for leading in hits; +4
Matt Niskanen: one for nice hustle; +1
Trevor Daley: two for good defense and two for the adorable kiss-on-the-helmet he gave Turco in the post-game congratulations; +4
Mike Modano: two for the assist; +2
Brenden Morrow: two for each assist, three for the goal, and two for being awesome on a line with Ribeiro again; +7
Krys Barch: three for the goal, one for the big hit, two for being fearless, and one for being incredibly versatile; +7
Sean Avery: one for each penalty drawn, two for keeping his cool again, two for backing up Robi, and minus-two for getting a double minor in backing up Robi; +3
Loui Eriksson: three for each goal and two for looking incredibly happy for the entire game; +8
Marty Turco: three for awesome goaltending, three for big saves and staying calm under 5-on-3 pressure, and one for exchanging words with an old teammate; +7
Philippe Boucher: two for leading in SOG, one for leading in TOI and shifts, two for good defense, and one for blocking shots with weird body parts; +6
Mike Ribeiro: three for the goal, two for each assist, two for being awesome on a line with Morrow again, one for the interview, and one for style; +15

October 22, 2008

General Update

by Chelsea

A lots been going on lately, here at SHR! and around the hockey world in general.

Some new stuff here:

  • The About Us page has been updated semi-recently with info about us and the blog.
  • New slang! Added “playoof” to the SHR slang page.
  • Kristine updated the SHR +/- page to include a link to a nice update log.
So that’s that.
On the official Dallas Stars page, there’s the usual game recap and what not, but there are also a couple new audio interview additions. There’s one with Mike Modano, one with Ralph Strangis, and one with Les Jackson.
Oh, and guess who’s on the October 22 Hockey Show? Our very own Steve Ott! Definitely worth a watch, and three off-ice points.
For some funny videos, I present you with Hockey’s Back and a Dallas Stars Preview.
From a couple days ago, AHL/ECHL Stats Update, by Mark at Andrew’s Star Page.
Picture time!
Sean Avery takes a big hit during the 10/20 game against the Rangers. Ouch.
Sean Avery takes a big hit during the 10/20 game against the Rangers. Ouch.
Yes. Mike Modano really can fly.

In case you ever wondered: Yes. Mike Modano really can fly.

Fabian Brunnstroms... musical corner?

Fabian Brunnstrom's... musical corner? +2 off-ice points.

And finally, a very special picture!
Taken by SHR!’s Kristine, it’s one of my favorites from her Dallas Stars Hockey Flickr collection. Which, by the way, you should absolutely check out.
Marty Turco as Pooh Bear and Mike Modano as Christopher Robin in Hundred Acre Hockey. ;) Also known as Open House practice at the AAC.
Though worn and dirty they may be, we still support the gold pads over the black ones. They make him look a little bit like Pooh Bear… guess that makes Mo Christopher Robin.
That (mostly) ends my potpourri of updates!
Tonight, the Stars play the Jersey Devils in a well-hyped Avery-Brodeur showdown. Zubov, Lehtinen and Janik again will not be playing, but Petersen could be (for some info on Janik and Petersen, go here).  The game airs on FSN-SW at 6:00 CT, or you can hear it on 820 AM.