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March 2, 2009

Weekend Review

by Chelsea

It was a disappointing weekend for the Stars (and Stars fans), who saw the season’s longest homestand end with a pair of back-to-back losses. The typical game reviews for those losses are getting lumped together here in a fabulous fowl-filled Weekend Review! 

The Good:

Mike Ribeiro spent most of Saturday looking positively pissed. He came out with the kind of determination that it takes to win games, and tried his best to drag the team behind him as he collected two goals and an assist. It says a lot when a guy from the losing team gets first star of the game. After the loss, he still looked mad, going as far as to snap at a pushy reporter. Sure, it wasn’t very nice of him, but we’d rather he be mad enough to do something rather than take part in the rest of the team’s pity party.

Sunday’s story was Loui Eriksson, who scored the Stars’ lone goal in the 4-1 drubbing from the Penguins. It took Dallas 46 minutes to get on the board, and by then it was far too late. To look at this in a positive way: Loui displayed enough determination when the game was already lost to get the puck past a hot goaltender and somewhat salvage a deflated power play. Also, Loui scoring again is just good news, if it means he’s getting over the post-Richards growing pains.

It’s probably just coincidence that the season Hull upset hockey karma by signing Sean Avery, Dallas sees the loss of Morrow and Zubov for the entire season. It’s probably also coincidence that Jere Lehtinen, Fabian Brunnstrom, Brad Richards, Landon Wilson, Toby Petersen, and Steve Ott all missed/are missing big chunks of time with injury. And it’s probably also coincidence that Marty Turco has spent most of the season being some goalie that can’t play nearly as well as Marty Turco. And it’s probably just a coincidence that the Stars went from basement to playoff-possible following his removal from the team. Regardless, we’re taking the news that Avery has been put on recall waivers today and will be gone after 24 hours as very very good news. 

The Bad:

Trevor Daley passes Loui Eriksson the puck when he’s in a vulnerable position, and Eriksson gets smushed by Sheldon Brookbank. Daley tries to make up for it by fighting Brookbank and ends up with 17 penalty minutes. Ducks score on the following power play. 

Then Daley comes back and takes two more minor penalties in the game vs. Anaheim. His issues continue against Pittsburgh, and he left the weekend with 23 more PIM than he started with.

Evgeni Malkin introduced his elbow to Darryl Sydor’s head and got away with it. Seconds later, Krys Barch got called for holding, and Malkin scored on the power play.

Stars outshot their opponents 54-41 over the two games, and still lost 8-4. This could be partially attributed to Marty Turco being mentally asleep, as he let in 4 goals on 18 shots against the Ducks. When he got a break Sunday, the Stars responded by giving backup Tobias Stephan little to no support. 

Fabian Brunnstrom ended the Ducks game having not gotten a point in his last four games, and with an even +/- in that span, despite putting out tremendous effort during the homestand. He was benched on Sunday. This didn’t really explain why James Neal, who has had no points in his last 7 games, is a -5 in his last four, and whose overconfidence led directly to at least one goal, still got to play.

The Ugly:

Steve Ott pisses off the entire Anaheim team, who responded with a good ol’ fashioned mugging after the final buzzer. The Stars kinda half-heartedly tried to help out. After the game, Robidas seemed extremely sorry for having let Moen beat Ott’s face in, but Modano seemed to think Ott should have known better than to pick the fight in the first place.

Then, Sunday against the Penguins, Malkin gets away unchallenged with a headshot on Sydor. While you’d expect someone to come to the defense of their veteran player, nobody rose to the occasion. After the game, Sydor seemed rather appalled at the lack of camaraderie as he held an ice pack to the back of his head.

The Stars went into a 6-game homestand sitting on top of a playoff-hopeful log jam. They won their first game… and then went on their worst losing streak of the year to finish it up. 2 out of a possible 12 points saw them straight to the bottom of that log jam.

SHR +/-:

Stéphane Robidas: two for the assist, one for playing a ridiculous 30:05 Saturday, but minus-one for apparent exhaustion that lead to poor defense Sunday; +2
Matt Niskanen: three for the goal and one for actually utilizing his size; +4
Trevor Daley: minus-three for the very bad weekend but one for at least trying to make up for his mistake by defending Eriksson; -2
Mike Modano: two for the assist but minus-one for his complete lack of impact against the Ducks; +1
James Neal: minus-three because we are just fed up with his nonchalant overconfident attitude and bazillion turnovers; -3
Loui Eriksson: three for the goal; +3
Chris Conner: two for the assist; +2
Jere Lehtinen: two for the assist and one for actually having a good game Saturday; +3
Mark Fistric: two for getting 13 hits in the two games; +2
Steve Ott: two for each assist but minus-one for the stupidity surrounding his suspension; +3
Tobias Stephan: one for a valiant effort; +1
Marty Turco: minus-two for urrrggg not this againnnn; -2
Steve Bégin: two welcome-to-the-team points; +2
Darryl Sydor: two for the assist and one for showing that veteran leadership everyone keeps talking about; +3
Mike Ribeiro: three for each goal, two for the assist, and one for having 10 shots on goal and 5 hits over the two games; +9
Fabian Brunnstrom: one for effort and one spite point because he really shouldn’t have been benched over Neal; +2

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February 28, 2009

Steve Ott Suspended

by Chelsea

As the final buzzer sounded in today’s game against the Ducks, Steve Ott was doing some last minute crease-clearing by crosschecking Anaheim captain Scott Niedermayer in the back. Had it been any other set of players in any other game, I’m sure this would have meant absolutely nothing.

However it was their captain being roughed up by our pest, at the end of a game that had been very physical with some very bendy rules. Having gone the entire game with officials missing many calls on both teams, Jean-Sebastien Giguere decided to take matters into his own hands after the final buzzer sounded.

He slashed at the back of Ott’s legs, and then pulled him into a headlock. The rest of the Ducks on the ice stepped in, and Ott found himself unwillingly fighting Travis Moen. Moen threw punches while Ott held on and tried to shield himself from the blows until they both fell to the ice. As the officials finally stepped in, Moen said to have felt a finger in his eye, and then “pulling” as Ott apparently gouged his eye.

Due to having fought and possibly injured another player while wearing a brace/cast,  Ott is automatically suspended for tomorrow’s game against the Penguins.

Here’s Heika’s report on the suspension, which hasn’t officially been announced.

Because Ott has become such a huge part of the Stars staying in playoff contention, it’s hard to say, but this isn’t the first time his insistence on agitating has hurt the team. When he does stuff that he knows he can’t back up, he’s putting others on the spot to take the heat for him, and other teams won’t hesitate to run his linemates for it.

Lots of questions get brought up by the incident.

Who started the fight? Was it Giguere or was it Ott? Moen?
Did Ott have this coming, running his mouth when he can’t fight?
Where were the other Stars during all this? Should they have stepped in and risked getting suspended themselves?
Does Moen deserve more than a penalty in a game that had already ended? Or is what he did negated by Ott supposedly gouging him in the eye?
Did Ott do what he did on purpose?
As amusing as Ott’s antics are/seeing opponents get irritated is, should Ott dial that part of his game back some? Or should he risk getting a reputation as someone who can’t back up his own actions in favor of trying to draw penalties?
Did Ott deserve his suspension?
How much of this was the fault of the officials, who seemed content to let the Ducks pound on Ott?
Might there be hard feelings between Ott and the team, for them having not stood up for him?

Update, March 2: Heika reports today that Ott’s official punishment is a one game suspension. As he sat out yesterday against the Pens, he is eligible to play tomorrow against the Sharks. To the surprise of absolutely nobody, none of the Ducks involved in the fight were even investigated.

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 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