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Category Archives: Jamie Benn
Oh, that’s right…US!
After a completely awesome dominating win over the Washington Capitals, the Stars are at the top of the league, bishes! Did I mention that these same Capitals hadn’t lost in regulation at home since February 25? Yeah, it’s pretty neat. Also, the Caps had to endure an epic bag skat today because of their loss last night…to us.
I feel like all the praise I can give them is repetitive, and that’s a good thing. The Bennster was a monster again; Loui continued to make us all forget Brad “Richman” Richards (who?); Sheldon Huggy Wonderbobm Souray kept showing just why he’s the best siging made in the offseason…period; Michael Ryder continued to look at home on my new favorite line; and Kari proved himself yet again to be one of the current best goalies.
Maybe this team is truly for real. I’m afraid to jinx it, but they really are playing wonderfully. What seems so different from the past few years is that they’re playing like a team. It’s beautiful.
And now we’re at the top of the league. Who’d a thunk?
It has been far too long since we’ve had Stars hockey. And last night was kind of amazing.
- 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.
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
Let’s talk about Jamie Benn. The boy is a monster. He ate my heart, he a-ate my heart.
Two shorties in two games?!
I don’t feel like I’m good enough to even speak the Bennster’s name. He’s such a BAMF.
First he scored the bad-ass winner at Phoenix:
He just scored that thing with only five seconds left LIKE IT WAS NO BIG DEAL. He’s like, “I’m Jamie Benn. I fuck shit up. It’s what I do.”
Then there was this beauty:
He scored shorthanded the other night at San Jose, but Youtube is dumb and doesn’t have video of it. Boo.
But take comfort in his wonderful shorite from last night:
How does he do it? I mean…
Get it, Bennster.
Can we just forget about last night’s embarrassing loss to the Oilers? We kind of need to since the Stars play Calgary tonight on the second night of a back-to-back.
This recent slide has not been fun. In fact, it’s been positively painful. How is it that we were leading the Pacific and riding playoff dreams to this stumble? I don’t get it.
It could be the injuries. After having good luck with our health during the first half, the Stars have had a remarkably unlucky string of injuries since the All-Star break. Especially hurtful has been the loss of Jamie Benn. That kid is a MONSTER, and the Stars are really showing how much they depended on him. It doesn’t help that B-Rad is b-roken now.
God, I don’t know. I’m not an analyst. Ignore me. Whatever.
To my dear Stars, just…just make it a little prettier, okay?
GO STARS GO.