Category Archives: Jussi Jokinen

Vote All-Stars

As you know, Brad Richards, Brenden Morrow, and Stephane Robidas our our “official” nominees.  Of course, guys like Loui Eriksson and Kari Lehtonen deserved to be on the list, but we’ll just have to write them in.

Here’s my ballot:

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Chaos! At the AAC

Obviously the biggest story to come out of the Stars-Pens game is the Sidney Crosby-Matt Niskanen fight.  I’ll admit, it seriously freaked me out. When I saw that it was Crosby who was fighting Niskers, I was all, “OMFG I CAN’T EVEN. NISKERS? AND CROSBY? WHAT’S GOING ON?”

Let’s just say that if you went to the game intending to see Crosby do something crazy, well…you got your wish.  Personally, I thought it was gutless of Crosby to go after Matt Niskanen, a guy who has only ever been in one fight in his NHL career.  Hey, Sid, go with Mark Fistric next time. I guarantee you will not win that one.  This is why I don’t like Sidney Crosby.  Thank you, Sidney, for backing up my claims.

In addition to the Niskers-Crosby fight, there were three other throwdowns, two of which belonged to Jamie Benn, like this one with Chris Kunitz:

And then this one between Morrow and Kris Letang, which caused an outrage among Penguins fans:

I’m not really liking the whole, “BRENDEN MORROW WENT AFTER TANGER BECAUSE OF HIS HAND. OOOOH WHAT A TERRIBLE PERSON” bullshit.  It was some heated poking and prodding between the two, and it’s not like Morrow chose Letang specifically.  It was a spur of the moment thing. So, please, stop whining.

This was an especially satisfying win because it was against my least favorite team in the NHL.  What makes it even more amazing is the fact that the Pens got a load of free calls, including some that led to a lengthy 5-on-3, yet we still showed them what’s up.  One non-call that infuriated me was when Geno Malkin retaliated and put a blatant cross-check on Morrow, I think, and didn’t get a call.  I guarantee if a Stars player does that, he gets put in the box on a cross-check call. 

It was so sweet to beat the Pens at home for the first time in seven years. Some teams warrant a bit of a celebration after beating them, and Pittsburgh is one of those teams.  We played well and didn’t take any of the Penguins’ shit like most other teams do.

Loui Eriksson had highlight of the night:

Three words: sweet silky moves.  Jussi Jokinen would be proud of such a wonderful demonstration of his move.

Next up: Dave Tippett and the Yotes.

Make it happen.

You Gotta Be Joke-inen: The Early Birthday Post

Hey, I gotta say something super important.  Tomorrow is Jussi Jokinen’s birthday.  On  April Fool’s Day.

Happy (early) birthday, Juicy, you shootout assassin.

Just saying.

Ahem, onto the Stars…the Stars play the Sharks tonight.  I’d love to see them win, but let’s face it: this season is O-V-E-R.  I’d hate to see them go for the high draft pick.  I just hate seeing them lose, no matter the results.  It’d be nice to know that my team is somewhat dignified like that.

Prediction: 4-2 Stars.  We always play pretty well against the Sharks.  Goals by Brad Richards, Mike Ribeiro, James Neal, and Loui Eriksson.

Let’s kick some ice.

Go Stars!

Best of the Decade: Jussi Jokinen

I figured we should start with Mr. Shootout, Jussi Jokinen.  Since the shootout is no longer our thing, we’ve one a total of TWO shootouts this season, with three times as many losses.  It’s fitting to start with Juicy.

Let’s flash back to the 2005-2006 season.

It was the first season after the lockout, and there were some changes, the shootout the most dramatic of those.  Well, with the shootout came this little rookie called Jussi Jokinen.

Then the Stars took place in the first shootout in franchise history on November 5, 2005.  The great Sergei Zubov scored the first goal of the SO.  Then out came this little-known rookie named Jussi Jokinen.  Surprisingly enough, he scored.

Little did we Stars fans know that it was the beginning of something great.

Jussi scored goal after goal in the shootout until he was finally stopped by the Sharks’ Vesa Toskala.  By that point, he’d scored nine shootout goals in a row, which is still an NHL record.

His fifth shootout goal was a thing of beauty.  It’s still regarded as one of the best shootout goals in the event’s four-year history.  I’ll be honest:  I occasionally google it on YouTube just to watch it.

But the shootout isn’t all that Juicy had.  He was a solid offensive player as well.  I loved the night he had four goals:

He was my favorite player until the trade that brought my new favorite player to Dallas.  I was initially heartbroken to hear that Jussi had been traded.  I almost cried.  However, I realized that Brad Richards was a really good player, so I accepted him, and now he’s my favorite.

Juicy’s Lightning days were no fun at all for me to follow.  He struggled and was put on waivers twice.  He was eventually traded to Carolina, where he flourished in the 2009 playoffs.  He got one of the best nicknames ever: The Finnish-er.  😛

With that came one of the wildest playoff runs I’ve ever seen.  The Hurricanes soon got the nickname, the “Cardiac Canes” all thanks to Juicy.

The second-half of this decade wouldn’t be as intense without Juicy.  Just sayin’…

Jussi Jokinen, Shootout Assassin (Dallas Star, 2005-2008)

11/23/09 Stars Shut Out the Canes aka “Return of the Morrow”

Going into the game, I was pretty worried that we couldn’t beat the last-place Hurricanes.  And after Ray Whitney had seemingly scored, I feared that the win-lose-win-lose trend was taking over again.  But the Stars won in spite of fate, I guess you could say.  Maybe now they’ll get a little win streak going and (finally!) build off of a win.  

Let’s talk about Brenden Morrow.  He rocked last night.  He practically oozed awesome.  He fought Tim Gleason within the first minute of the game, and I smiled because I saw a flash of the old, pre-ACL injured Morrow.  And he just kept on going.  Morrow hit guys like he used to, and he may not have had a goal, but he did have a primary assist on the Bennster’s goal.  I think Morrow really needed a game like that.

And he sure as heck got it.

So…how about Brad Richards?  Every single night he’s consistently awesome.  He creates chances out of nothing and I’m really impressed with him.  Are there anymore Richards-haters out there? If you are, speak up so I can grant about how awesome B-Rad is. 😉

I just wanted to say that James Neal’s suspension was worth it now.  The Stars won both games without him, and it’s all okay.  Why was the suspension worth it, you ask?  Because the way Dorsett went down was the funniest thing I’ve seen in awhile.  He looked like a cartoon character who had a hammer dropped on his head.  And that, my lovelies, is why it was worth it.

Great game, and Juicy didn’t even how to embarrass us in the shootout.

Next up is the Brett Hull ceremony against the Blues.  Let’s build on this one.

Go Stars!

Juicy Deal for Jussi

For anyone who doesn’t know, Jussi Jokinen is my favorite former Star ever.  And Carolina resigned him for two years and $3.4 million.  I love that he’s having a good time in Carolina because he rocks.  It kind of makes me sad that he won’t come back to Dallas for at least two more years.  If we ever do get him back.  Boy, I really miss Juicy.

Jussi Jokinen, Shootout Assassin and Former Star

Jussi Jokinen, Shootout Assassin and Former Star

The End is Near…

Not that end, but the end of the 2008-2009 playoffs.  I don’t know what I’ll do with my life when there’s no more hockey. 😦  I gotta say, though, that these playoffs rocked.  A lot.

I LOVED that my favorite former Star, shootout assassin, Jussi Jokinen had an awesome postseason.  I love his nickname, “The Finnish-er.”  I almost passed out after I watched the last minute and a half of that Game 7 with New Jersey.  I definitely did not see that one coming.  But it rocked.  I wanted Carolina to win that series because of Juicy, but also because that was the only way we’d see the ultimate series:

Crosby vs. Ovechkin.

Before the playoffs even began, I figured out the only way that we could see Washington play Pittsburgh, and miraculously, it happened.  And that series is one I’ll never forget.  I triple-loved Game 2 when Ovechkin and Crosby both netted hat tricks.  “Anything you can do, I can do better…”  I rooted for the Caps to win the series, and I was initially heartbroken to see them lose the series, but it just wasn’t the year.

Then, of course, we got to see the league’s professional choke artists at their best.  Yep, after winning the President’s Trophy, the Sharks bowed out of the first round to the Sucks.  Gawd I hate Anaheim!  But I wasn’t all that surprised, honestly.  The Sharks just can’t raise their game when it matters.

In the West finals, I loved seeing Detroit own Patrick Kane and the Hawks.  I hate that kid.  He’s such a Mike Modano-wannabe.  Him and Bobby Ryan.

And in the Cup final, we’ve gotten to see a rematch of last year’s and the irony of ironies in Marian Hossa.  The series has been so intense for me, that I haven’t been able to eat on game day, and I’m shaking during the game.  I don’t even want to know what I’ll be like tonight in a winner-take-all Game 7.

It’s been  a great playoff year, and hopefully next year will be even better with the Stars involved and going far.  Stars for the 2010 Stanley Cup! 🙂