Category Archives: Alex Auld

Awarding It Stars Style

So…another disappointing, not to mention frustrating, playoff-less season.  As much as that sucks, at least we can still have some fun and give some awards to the Stars who showed up this season.  Here we go…

Hart Trophy

Brad Richards.  The one we’ve come to call B-Rad had an amazing season.  Wanna know how amazing it was?  He was two points away from tying the franchise record for points in a season.  Two points.  That’s not to mention the fact that he had this stellar season after last year’s freak hand and wrist injuries.  The Stars might have finished with a lottery pick if it wasn’t for Brad.

Norris Trophy

Mark Fistric.  Fishsticks finished a plus-30 on the Stars.  To have such a great plus-minus on a bad team is always a good thing.  Then there’s the fact that he’s bad-ass.  I mean, he beat a guy up with his helmet and then got ejected for it.  What a rebel.

Runner-Up: Nick Grossman

Vezina Trophy

Kari Lehtonen. Turco was disappointing.  So was Alex Auld.  Kari Lehtonen was this bright little ray of sunshine that fell into our laps.  Kari played out fo his mind most of the time and he was really good. I think he’s the future.

Lady Byng

Mike Modano.  I think his moving ovation sums this one up perfectly.  Mo is the epitome of class.

You don’t see such an ovation for just any player.

Masterton

Brad Richards.  The Stars still have not named their nominee, but I’m hoping it’s B-Rad.  Flashback to March 29, 2009:  Brad broke his left hand in his first game back from a broken wrist.  That game ended the season for him and, essentially, the Stars’ chances to make the playoffs.  He had an incredible season after such a tragic string of injuries.  That’s what I call perseverance.

Other Trophies…

Rocket Richard- Loui Eriksson

Art Ross- Brad Richards

Jennings- Turco and Lehtonen

Well.  That’s all for now.  Go out and watch some more playoffs, alright?

Maybe next year will be our year…

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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!

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!

If You Lose in Atlanta and There’s No One There To See It, Does It Count As A Loss?

I tweeted this last night before the game as a joke.  Now, it’s reality.  The Stars lost again, and -you guessed it!- in the extra minutes.  I don’t know what I can say that will make anyone feel better.

I will say this, Ondrej Pavelec is amazing. He stole that game last night.  It could easily have ended 10-5, Stars.  He went all Nabokov on B-Rad,a and stoned Loui on a sure-thing shot.

Turco and Auld?  Ehhhhh…the opposite of good.

I really don’t feel like talking about it anymore…

Except!  For this:

B-Rad was awesome last night.  He made a good defenseman when he had to, but SOMEBODY (cough, cough, Turco!) blew it.  Ouch.

Next up: the Red Wings.  I’m not expecting anything great.

Go Stars!

11/18/09 Stars Defeat the Wings aka “The One With the Make-Up Call”

Obviously, the big story from last night is the no-goal that was.  I’m biased, and I’ll always take the Stars’ side, but even I’ll admit that that was a goal.  However, the way I see it is a make-up call from the hockey gods.  Whether it was from the Calgary game or even way back in the Western Conference finals with that bad penalty call on Mark Fistric.  So, that’s out of the way.

There was nothing but good last night from the Stars.  Even if that goal wasn’t waved off, they probably would have won.  They played better than the Wings.

The power play worked (2 PP goals), and they killed four penalties off.  Alex Auld was amazing, and James Neal was awesome.

Hopefully they can build off of that win and create a little win streak.

Tonight: the Blue Jackets come to town.  See you there.

Go Stars!

10/22/09 Stars Fall to Kings in OT aka “The One Where We Almost Won”

I’ll admit that the only goal I watched was Kopitar’s first.  I was really tired last night, and the Stars didn’t look like they were playing very well, so I just went to bed.  I was very wrong to think it was over at that point.  I watched the highlights this morning, and it was pretty much amazing how they came back.  For that effort, I think that they deserved that one point.  Of course, the fact that they even had to come back from a three-goal deficit isn’t very awesome, but I’m willing to look past that.

To be honest, this new Stars team makes me believe that they can come back from a deficit of two or three goals.  I just have more confidence in them, and I really can’t explain why.  I guess it has to do with the fact that they have come back from those deficits.  I like what I’m seeing.  With a little more work, Dallas could be a top ten team.

Plus, I’m glad that B-Rad played and looked fine out there.  He said later that the groin wasn’t really bugging him, which is nice to know.

Also, how about our young guys, James Neal and Jamie Benn?  They were great last night, and they’re going to be staples in this franchise for years to come.  You know, I kind of forget that Nealer had that eye injury over the summer.  I suppose it’s how well he’s playing that makes bad memories like that go away. 

I’d like to say that the loss wasn’t Auld’s fault.  The team in front of him wasn’t at its best.  And, I’m not gonna lie, but I don’t want to say that Auld did badly.  I don’t want to have goaltending problems where both goalies are inconsistent.  So I’m not going to believe that until it’s too late.

Anyway, great, great effort last night.  If we can build on all of this recent success, things will be good.

See you tomorrow night against the Blues.

Go Stars!

10/17/09 Stars Edge Hawks aka “The One With the Flukey Game-Winner”

What.  A.  Game.  I’m not gonna lie, but that was really intense, and there were moments when I thought I’d pass out.  It reminded me of that intense Detroit game on January 12, 2009 when the Stars played a great game and never gave up.

Awesome, awesome effort by the Stars.  Especially Alex Auld.  He kept them in the game, and he stole it.  And how about that penalty kill?  They were pretty good in the PK, and I really noticed Tom Wandell and Loui Eriksson in that category.

Huet wasn’t great; I’ll admit that.  However, the team in front of him was.  They took shot after shot on Auld, and he brilliantly saved them all.

The line of Morrow-Ribeiro-Benn was easily the best one out there, with the fourth line a close second.  Sadly, we didn’t see much from Neal-Richards-Eriksson.  All three were rather silent, except for B-Rad’s awesome defense and Loui’s PK’-ing.  Neal didn’t have a very good game, considering his turnover led to the first Chicago goal.

Then, there’s Niskers.  Sigh.  Niskanen, Niskanen, Niskanen, what are we to do with you?  He had an awful game, and I felt horrible for him.  But the Stars won, so a win is a win, no matter who plays badly.

On a lighter note, I find it absolutely hilarious that the game-winner came on a flukey goal by Robi.  At first, I didn’t think it had gone in.  When I saw that it had, I just laughed and laughed. 😛

Great game, and best of all, the Stars won part of a back-to-back.  That didn’t happen too much last year.  Thank Gawd for that! 🙂

Next up: the LA Kings tomorrow night.  See you there!

Go Stars!