Posted in Brad Richards, Brandon Segal, Brian Sutherby, Ex-Stars, James Neal, Jamie Langenbrunner, Jeff Woywitka, Karlis Skrastins, Marc Crawford, Matt Niskanen, Pre-Season, Sidney Crosby on September 18, 2011|
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I guess it’s time to update my category list and move a bunch of players around. And coaches, too! Don’t forget coaches.
First of all, I’d like to say that I was shocked and saddened by the news of the plane crash carrying the KHL team Lokomotiv. I was already going to miss Karlis Skrastins and now I get all teary whenever he’s mentioned. It’s very sad. I really liked him while he was playing with the Stars. He was underappreciated, I thought. I’m a big fan of responsible, dedicated, unsung but important defensemen. They’re getting fewer and fewer these days. The defensemen that really should be forwards get all the press these days, but those like Skrastins are the ones that get the job done. From all accounts he was the nicest guy in the world and we’re going to miss him. We were going to miss him anyway.
On to less serious topics.
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(Name that movie.)
I know I keep saying it, but this is crazy!
I’ll be honest with you: I’m not a Capitals fan. But they are leading the Eastern Conference and they do have a couple of high-powered offensive guys so it’s a really good win for the Stars.
The Stars started out kind of flat-footed, and Razor spent the first half of the game talking about how great the Capitals are at everything. It’s possible he says that about every team that catches the Stars sluggish in the first period of a game, but it seems a little over the top to me. I might be overly-sensitive since I’m so not a Capitals fan. Dallas has started many a game that way so it’s not really any great feat to look good against them in the first half of the game.
But, like they’ve been doing, the Stars overcame their start and began to push back in the 2nd period. Unlike a lot of games like that, they didn’t give up any goals while they got their legs under them. So when the power play finally spent some time in the offensive zone, Mike Ribeiro was able to finally get the first goal of the game.
Ribeiro is really looking good these days. He’s fighting hard for pucks and making good moves and just climbing all over the puck. Last night he could have had three just in that shift, if the puck hadn’t been bouncing like a ball.
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Posted in Brad Richards, Brandon Segal, Brenden Morrow, Joe Nieuwendyk, Kari Lehtonen, Live Games, Mike Modano, Post-Game, Stéphane Robidas, Winning on March 17, 2010|
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Dallas 8 (!), San Jose 2
That was a fun game to see in person. I was looking for something to cheer me up today and that pretty much did it.
The Stars beat the Western Conference-leading San Jose Sharks, 8 to 2. Eight to two! I have to say, I did not see that coming.
Just a few disjointed points I’d like to make about the game:
• That Brandon Segal is a keeper. He’s got 5 goals, 2 assists for 7 points in 7 games with the Stars. Good on Joe Nieuwendyk for picking him up off waivers from Los Angeles. He called in to the post-game show and sounded like a cool guy.
• Two short-handed goals in the same game is something impressive.
• Mike Ribeiro is a man on fire. He is just going crazy since he came back from that scary injury. He’s got six goals in ten games since he came back.
• Brenden Morrow hasn’t been able to buy a goal lately, but he got two tonight.
• I haven’t seen the replay of Robidas’ hit that got him kicked out of the game, but it didn’t seem that bad at the time. I have no idea why the refs thought it was that serious. I’ll have to check it out when I watch the game on TiVo.
• Brad Richards had three points in the game.
• Poor Mike Modano had to miss the game (and several upcoming games) because he had an emergency appendectomy. What is going on? Is appendicitis contagious? I sincerely hope he makes it back for a few games before the end of the season. And I hope he returns next season. He’s still got plenty to offer.
• Judging from just this game, Kari Lehtonen seems like a pretty good goalie. I can only hope that it is a good indication of what he really is. He made some great saves and I think it gave the defensemen and the forwards some confidence. I think that’s a lot of what they’ve needed all this time.
It’s too late for this game to mean anything, but it was nice to see. That’s all I’m looking for these days, just an enjoyable game.
Missing the playoffs two seasons in a row is no fun, but watching your team play hockey, no matter what, IS fun. I will continue to whine and complain about how things are going, but these are still the Stars. It’s the team I love, filled with players I love, so they’re not going to be able to get rid of me.
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Dallas 3, Colorado 5
They played a pretty good game. Had a lot of shots. Didn’t give up many shots. Yet the opposition still scored five goals.
Five goals a game. That’s the theme of this whole season.
I just have two questions:
1. Why was Sutherby scratched in favor of Barch?
2. Why did Mike Modano only get 8 minutes when he was doing so well in the first?
My guess? Crawford doesn’t know what he’s doing.
There was no way that the Stars were suddenly going to win a bunch of games in a row so it’s really silly to even contemplate it. The surprise was right before the Olympics when they were only one point out of the 8th spot in the standings. That fact was not an indication of the situation. Then, coming off the Olympic break, they went back to not surprising us.
I’m not looking forward to the day Turco moves on, but I am kind of looking forward to it. I know that sounds wrong but that’s the way it is. The problem is that I don’t know what we have with Lehtonen, but I don’t see Turco straightening out.
I think we’ll be a mediocre team while Crawford is leading it. I’m gonna go watch the Coyotes.
Wait. One more thing. Jamie Benn had a great game. And so did the new kid, Brandon Segal. I’m sure Segal will be healthy scratched next game.
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