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Nice One, B-Rad!

via Deadspin

It seems that Brad Richards really, really cares or, you know…poop.  Oh, typos…

But as for Patrick Kane’s inebriated summer?

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Oh Darlings

It has been far too long since we’ve had Stars hockey.  And last night was kind of amazing.

To recap…

  • Jamie Benn is a beast.  There’s no doubt in anyone’s mind about it.  That glass-shattering hit was something else.  And let’s be honest; EVERYONE loves those hits.
  • Studly Wonderbomb is back?  He had an assist on the game-winner, and Crawford had a tough time handling his massive blasts.  If Souray can keep blasting it and not be a defenseive liability, this signing could be a great one.
  • Kari Lehtonen can’t seem to get a damn shutout.  This happened last year too.  Late in the third, the Stars are up something to nothing, and then some jerkface comes and ruins Kari’s shutout.  Last night’s assbutt was Nick Leddy.  Boo you whore.
  • Also, I missed the Modano ovation.  Was it amazing?  Ughhhhh I just HAD to watch Supernatural, didn’t I? (BTW, Supernatural was amazing, and I regret nothing)
  • What a debut, Coach Gulutzan.  Apparently the record for coaching debuts in the North Stars/Stars franchise was something like 1-7-0.  So…not a great track record, but Gulutzan managed to win.  Cool.

But yeah.  For the most part, it was a great, great way to start the season.  I mean, who knows if it’ll last, but it’s nice to think it will.

“Carry on my wayward son.”

Simply saying “We needed that” is an understatement.  At this stage of the game, two points are more like five.  Figuratively, of course.

Lately, the Stars have been in a bit of a funk, and maybe they still are.  I think after the Kings game, I said this funk was due to a severe case of “lack of Adam Burish.”  Burr didn’t play against San Jose either and Bingo: loss.  The funny thing, as Razor Reaugh brought up in one of his blog posts this week, is that the only team the Stars can beat without Adam Burish is the team that Adam Burish used to play for.  Ironic, isn’t it?

Anyway, I thought the stars played a great game.  Or, I don’t know, maybe it just looked that way compared to the lifeless Hawks.  Toews and Co. looked like they had given up after being hit a couple of times.  They were all, “No way.  We’re not hitting you like that.  No, we’re saving it for Phoenix.  You guys can have this game.”  It was sad how quickly they threw in the towel.  The Stars were the better team throughout.  We hit harder, we skated faster, and we played to win. 

Beating the champs, who we leap-frogged with that win by a complicated tiebreaker, proves that we can still do this, that our early season success wasn’t a fluke.  I don’t totally have faith that they can do this, but I have a lot of hope that they can.  If that makes sense.  They’ve kind of gone wayward at times, but they’re still my team, hence the title of this post. 

How about that Jamie Benn, eh?  I mean, really.  The kid is a monster.  Like, if James Neal was the Real Deal, I guess the Bennster is the Real Real Deal.  JB is so dominant on defensive plays.  He may not have scored this time, but he did something he’s really good at: stealing pucks for others.  It led to a goal, you know.  

Speaking of the Bennster, I thought it was pretty classless of Duncan Keith to go in and hit him like that.  Steve Ott thought so, too, so he went in and started punching Keith, who got a penalty for the play.   It’s good to see them all stand up for each other, because sometimes it feels like they don’t.

Steve Ott had a hell of a game.  Was it just me, or was that guy everywhere?  Otter scored the game-winner on a breakaway from a perfect pass from Brad Richards and hammered the Hawks the rest of the night, doing that in-your0face thing he does so well.

My Three Stars (I aactually have no idea who the actual three stars are)

1. Jamie Benn

2. Steve Ott

3. Kari Lehtonen

Next up: tonight against the (gulp!) Flyers

Go Team Lidstrom! Woooo.

I have to admit, the first-ever fantasy draft was a lot of fun to watch.  Sure it had its awakward moments, like when Team Lidstrom discussed strategy apparently unaware that we could totally hear them, and when Pierre McGuire and the other TSN guys took it all waaaaay too seriously (“I like Team Lidstrom’s strategy” etc.)

But it was all fun!  Obviously, B-Rad and Loui ended up on the same team, that team being Team Lidstrom.  Luckily, Marty St. Louis remembered his old BFFF B-Rad and chose him, saying “I texted him at break and asked if he’d be ok with switching from center to wing.”  Loui was one of the final three, but was chose by countryman Lidstrom before he could become Mr. Irrelevant.

Speaking of Mr. Irrelevant, that ended up being the Leafs’ Phil Kessel, whose irrelevancy provided some comedic fodder in the form of Alex Ovechkin capturing the moment on his phone:

That’s why I love you, Ovie.

Also hilarious was Jonathan Toews’ bitchface, which just screams meme:

What’s funny is that he seemed genuinely angry.  I also wonder if Pat Kane and the other captains conspired to mess with Tazer’s head. By the sounds of their conversations, I think they might have.

Also memorable was matt Duchene going on about how this was like The Bachelor and peoplle would be voted off the island…and how funny he thought his own joke was:

I love that kid.

I really enjoyed the fantast draft as the means of picking the teams.  It certainly provided many fantastic moments that made me giggle.  Should be an interesting ASG.

GO TEAM LIDSTROM.

Wanna be on top?

This season so far has just been craziness.  The Leafs and Stars are the leaders of their respective conferences and remain the only teams unbeaten.  If someone had told me before the season started that we would start 4-0, I would have asked you what you were smoking.

Because obviously the Stars we know from recent seasons would never, ever start the season so well. I mean, it just doesn’t happen.

Ok, let’s talk about last night’s thriller.

  • First, let’s talk Kari Lehtonen.  He’s the only reason they won that game.  Kari kept the Blues’ lead from increasing, while the Stars pulled themselves together to tie it.  He made key saves when they needed them. He’s been the rock back there all season. I hope he keeps it up.
  • Brad Richards is tied for the league lead in points with Marian Hossa. He’s really making a big case for league MVP.  He’s had four straight two-point-or-more games.
  • Loui Eriksson is vastly underrated.  He had a fantastic pass to James Neal for the first goal and his tying goal was beautiful. Loui’s become quite the sniper over the past couple of seasons. The sad thing is that no one’s really given him credit for his awesomeness.
  • For a team that couldn’t score a shootout goal at all last year, going three-for-three was very impressive.  B-Rad’s goal was a terrific shot. Ribs’ was a thing of magic. Loui’s wasn’t even really a shot, but I loved it.
  • Finally, look at this save of the year from Ty Conklin.  Ribs might have had nightmares about this one if we hadn’t won. I know I would have.

 Next up: Monday agianst B-Rad’s former team and his BFFFs, Vinny and Marty, the Yzerman Tampa Bay Lightning.

Let’s make it happen.

GO STARS

So Long, Marty

It’s official: MartyTurco is now a Chicago Blackhawk after the Hawks decided to walk away from Antti Niemi.

I’m happy about this.  Sure I would have preferred Turco in the East; we all would have.  But I’m glad he’s going to a contender, and I think he’ll get to shine behind the Hawks’ wonderful defense corps.

On Marty’s years in Dallas, I thank him.  While he was frustrating and shaky at times, he was a wonderful person on top of it all.  I wish him nothing but the best, and he’ll always be a Star in my heart.

It’s a bit heartbreaking to know that he’s really done in Dallas.  It still feels like I’ll see him in those gold pads handling the puck like the wizard he is.  Like every relationship, Marty and us fans had ups and downs. 

Who could forget May 4, 2008 in Game 6 against the Sharks when Marty played one of the greatest games I’ve ever seen?  He was at the top of his game that night, and he came out on top. 

Or what about 2007 against Vancouver when he recorded THREE shutouts, yet still lost?

We had some wonderful times and some truly hard times.  No matter what, I’ll always remember Marty Turco as one of the greatest players to ever come out of the Stars organization.

Best of luck to you, Marty, and I’ll really miss you.  Go win a Cup, why don’t ya?

Why Can’t We Be Friends…

Over at Battle of California, an amusing little blog, commenters named their top 5 most loved and most hated teams.  I’m a list junkie, so I thought I’d throw one together and share it with the world.

My Top 5 Most Loved Teams…

1. Dallas Stars.  Duh.

2. Washington Capitals.  They might choke in the playoffs, but they’re the most exciting team in the league.  Plus, I have this irrational love of Alex Ovechkin and his BFFs, Nicky Backstrom and Sasha Semin.  The Caps are my fall-back team, and I support them on the Stars’ off-nights.

3. Chicago Blackhawks.  I’ve really embraced the Hawks this year.  I don’t know what it is about them, but they’re just so likeable.  From 20 Cent to Captain Serious to the handsome Patrick Sharp, they’re a mixed bag.  Sadly, they’re only half the team they once were.  Now I might have to root for the Atlanta Blackhawks.

4. Tampa Bay Lightning.  I loved B-Rad and his besties, Vinny Lecavalier and my munchkin, Marty St. Louis, back in their Cup year and I still love them. I’m glad that they’re getting better because I really do like them. 

5. Carolina Hurricanes.  My fifth most favorite team is kind of a default.  in case y’all didn’t know, Jussi Jokinen is one of my favorite former Stars ever.  I follow him more so than others partly because I have an easier time rooting for the Canes than, say, Nik Hagman and the Flames.

The 5 Least-Loved…

1. Pittsburgh Penguins. I don’t like teams that get a lot of concessions from the league, like the Bettman Penguins.  My hatred of the Pens is part jealousy, part anger.  I’m jealous that they were able to snag Crosby and malkin because of the lockout.  I’m jealous that they always seem to win everything.  I’m jealous that they have Sidney Crosby.  The anger stems from 1991 and 2009 when they beat a couple of my teams.  I just don’t like them.

2. Anaheim Ducks.  They’re a division rival, and even though we seem to beat them a lot, I still can’t bring myself to like them.  The Ducks are a dirty team with the likes of Chris Pronger, Corey Perry, James Wisniewski, et cetera.  I think the only players I like on Anaheim are George Parros and Jonas Hiller.  I love Teemu Selanne, but his future remains up in the air.

3. Vancouver Canucks.  Alain Vigenault is a whiner.  His whining about every little call irks me to enormous levels.  Then I don’t like Luongo and his arrogance or Burrows and his pestiness.  Plus, I don’t think I’ll ever forgive them for 2007.  Ever.

4. Ottawa Senators.  Part of the hate comes from my masochistic love of the ?Leafs.  By default, I guess I’m supposed to hate the Sens.  And I do.  I can’t even explain why I don’t like them; I guess there are just teams that do that to you.

5. Team Canada.  I have nothing against the country or anything, but I do not like Team Canada’s hockey teams.  It’s no fun watching them win every gold medal that comes their way.  The 2010 World Jr.’s (starring Jack Campbell!) were sweet, sweet revenge.

So.  That’s it.  Back to hockey withdrawal…