Monthly Archives: January 2010

The Mike Modano Show

Last night’s game was probably one of the best they’ve played all season.  They didn’t look like a team desperately fighting for a playoff spot.  They looked like a team who was determined to get that playoff spot no mattter what.

Modano looked twenty years younger the way he played.  I’ve never seen a young Modano; I was too little when he was young.  BUT…I bet that’s what he looked like back in the day.   I really, really hope that’s not his final two-goal game or game-winning goal.  The way he played, he looked like a guy that’s coming back for another season.  That’s just my opinion…

And how about Jamie Benn?!?  He had an amazing game last night.  I love the Bennster.  If this Morrow-Benn-Ott line keeps it up, I’ll never call out Morrow again.  Seriously, I won’t.  Morrow was good last night, the best he’s been in ages.

Alex Auld looked like a number-one.  All through the game, whenever he made a great save, I just thought: “Turco wouldn’t have saved that.”  And it made me sad to think that.  Turco’s gone.  He’s lost his position to Auldy.

You know who else was awesome?  Mark “Fists” Fistric.  I’m loving this guy more and more every game.  He’s mean, physical, and fearless.  I love my Fishsticks.

My Three Stars of the Game:

1. Mike Modano

2. JB

3. Alex Auld

Next up: Tomorrow against Tipp’s Coyotes.

Go Stars!

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Weren’t We Just Here?

Tonight: Avs vs. Stars, 7:30 central time…

Less than a week ago the Stars and Avs faced off, and it didn’t go so great.  Basically my message for tonight is: don’t suck like you did last time.  Please.

We were shut out by the goalie we should have had, Craig Anderson.  And it wasn’t fun.  Not.  Fun.  At.  All.

And I don’t really have much confidence that we’ll do any better.  I guess it’s nice that we’re at home this tie around, and for the Stars it’s been, Home Sweet Home.  Let’s hope this goes better.

I don’t have much to say, except,

Go Stars!

Brenden Morrow, Where Art Thou?

I just wanted to begin by stating the obvious: this has been a very frustrating year for the Stars, and especiallly for us fans.  There has been so much disappointment and no one’s sure who to blame for this all.  Is it goaltending?   The C-list defense?  Lack of motivation? 

Is it…the captain?  Don’t get me wrong, I love Brenden Morrow.  I like the way he plays and he’s got a lot of heart.  It’s just…that’s the “old” Morrow.

The new Morrow is disappointing, frustrating, lifeless…and most of all, unmotivated.  He has nothing anymore.

I know, I know, it’s the knee and those types of injuries take a long time to get back to 100 percent.  I know.  But you can’t use that excuse forever, you know.

The Stars have been frustrating to watch, and I think the root of it is Morrow.  He’s the captain and he’s supposed to give them life, give them motivation.  He can’t do that if he’s lacking in both categories.  He’s got the Modano-factor going for him: when he’s down, the team’s down. 

I’ve wondered why he was chosen for Team Canada this year, as well.  Could it be that Yzerman was going off of 2008?  If you really, REALLY think about it, 2007-2008 is all Morrow’s had.  That’s it.  Yes, he had a lot before he became captain in 2006, but 2007-2008 was his breakout year.  I think we’re all blinded by a longing for 2008 playoffs Morrow.  4-OT Morrow.  That Morrow is gone at the moment.  And he might never come back.

You don’t know how hard it is for me to say these things.  I don’t want to accept  that Morrow’s nothing anymore.  The sad fact is that the team has played better without him in the lineup than with him in it.  They’re a different team without him, and mostly, it’s a good different.

As hard as it is for me to say this, I think the Morrow era’s over in Dallas, and I won’t be at all surprised if he’s dealt at the trade deadline.

The Brenden Morrow we want and love and need, is lost and he might not find his way back home…

Poor Gilbert

My favorite new Swede, Gilbert (aka Tom Wandell) has torn his ACL and will be out the rest of the season.  This really broke my heart, because I hate it when bad injuries happen to rookies.  They’re just so young…

This isn’t the first time Tommy’s torn an ACL either.  However, his last ACL injury was in the other leg, so that doesn’t really matter.  Either way, though, this sucks.  This sucks BAD.

And so we drop like flies for the second year in a row…

Discuss if you’d like to, but I’m too bummed to do so.

Rock Bottom

Tonight: The Stars head into Edmonton aka the worst team in the West.

And I just want to say this, if we don’t win, this might be rock bottom.  I mean, we may have hit rock bottom before, but it’d be even more rock bottom now.  Like in that SpongeBob episode where he and Patrick miss Bikini Bottom and instead end up at Rock Bottom.

Rock. Bottom.

When you lose to one of the league’s worst teams, the loss is even worse.  Stars, I know Taylor Hall sounds pretty awesome with his Batman underpants and all, but we don’t really need him.  Or Cam Fowler.  Or Tyler Seguin.  Well…we do need them, but getting them means one thing:  we’ve hit rock bottom.  DON’T MAKE THE SAME MISTAKE SPONGEBOB DID!

It’s amazing how much you can learn from SpongeBob, isn’t it?

Oiler I Most Want On My Team: Ehhhh…none of them really.  If I had to choose, Sheldon Souray then.  He’d be a pretty decent number-one defenseman.  And (more SpongeBob nostalgia!) his name is Sheldon, which is the same name as the antagonist on SpongeBob SquarePants, Plankton.  That name makes me giggle…which is why it’s my Sidney Crosby nickname. 😛

Anyhoo,

GO STARS!

Get Your Pants Off the Ground

I really hope you’ve seen this by now.  Of not watch it; if so, watch it again:

I love it.

And my message to the Stars is: Get your pants off the ground and win tomorrow night.  Because if you do, you will have that long-eluded 3-game winning streak. 🙂  HOW GREAT WOULD THAT BE?!?

Ahem.  Totally.

Anyway, I can’t  say anything about the past two games since I didn’t actually watch them.  For one, I was busy and the other was on Versus so I wasn’t able to watch it.

The big story?  Alex Auld.  I watched the highlights of the Detroit game and he was flippin’ amazing.  It was a pleasant change from Turco’s usual riff-raff.

I have a ton of things I want to say regarding Turco, but to sum it up:  Turco needs to go.  This team is going NOWHERE with him.  I gave him a chance going into this season, but his play has proved that he’s just lost himself.  And I’m tired of it.

Okay, done ranting.

As for Haiti, we should all consider ourselves very lucky that we have never had to live their lives.  When we wake up, we think, “Hockey, hockey, hockey.  What will I have for lunch today?”  When Haitians wake up, they think, ” How will I get through today?”  I’m very fortunate to live the life I live.

Go Stars!

Let’s Hab a Good Time!

Yeah, that’s a pun.   But I like puns, so whatevs.

Anyhoo, the Stars head into Montreal tonight to take on the Habs.  If you recall our last meeting with the Habs, it was the game when we really hit rock bottom.  I realized how badly the Star played when Guy Carbonneau was fired the next day.  So…let’s do the opposite of that.  Please, Stars?

I need something to be hopeful for after our most recent loss to Philadelphia.  We haven’t hit rock bottom…yet.  And hopefully we never do.  My perfect scenario would be to actually put together a streak lasting more than two games, make the playoffs and just show everyone that we could do it.

Tonight, Mike Ribeiro is out, which is a shame because I wanted to see is return to Montreal badly.  Oh well.

Nick Grossman is still out tonight, so if the trend continues, we surrender at least four goals.  That’s how Grossman-free games usually work out.

The game will also be Kostitsyn-free as both Andrei and Sergei are injured.

Canadien I Most Want On My Team: Andrei Markov.  Because he’s exactly the number-one defenseman we need.

Go Stars!