Category Archives: Matt Niskanen

The Epic Showdown Between B-Rad and His BFF, Vinny…and Wandell’s OT Winner

Somehow overtime victories are much more rewarding than regulation ones.  They’re so…epic.  I mean, yeah, I’m mad about the blown lead, but it’s to my third favorite team in the whole wide world, so I can’t stay angry about that. 

Surprisingly enough, the Stars scored THREE power play goals.  Impressive.  You know, for them.

B-Rad rocked my socks, and got revenge for last year’s ATROCIOUS loss to the Bolts.  Sorry, Vinny and Marty, but Round 2 goes to B-Rad.

I’ve now jumped on the Tom Wandell bandawagon.  I HEART TOM WANDELL!  He’s awesome and he’s a Swede.   And his OT goal is three game-winners for him now.  Yeah, that’s the good stuff.

However, the worst part of the night was Niskers.  What are we to do about Niskanen?  To put it bluntly, that giveaway was HORRIBLE.  I’d say trade him to Toronto, but I’m afraid that Niskers lacks truculence.

Ugh.

But whatevs.  My slogan is: “A win is a win, no matter how sloppy.”

Which totally applies to last night.

Anyhoo, next game: Tomorrow vs. the Red Wings.  Let’s win this one, boys.

Go Stars!

I heart Swedes.

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11/14/09 Stars Fall to Coyotes aka “The One With Dave Tippett”

I’m really disappointed in last night’s loss.  The Stars had so much momentum that they could have carried over from the San Jose game.  But, they didn’t. 

Instead, they were always a step behind the Coyotes, and they never really got going.  There aren’t enough words to describe my disappointment.

In every game, there’s always something.  Something they can’t seem to do right, something they can’t get to work.

Last night, they squandered two early power plays, and they couldn’t win puck battles.  Put it all together, and you get a losing team.

The only bright spots from last night were Marty Turco and Mike Modano.  Mo looks great, years younger than he is.  His backhand goal was a thing of beauty.  As for Turco, the loss wasn’t his fault. The team in front of him didn’t help him out at all.  None of the goals were particularly soft, except for the first one.

And then kudos to Niskers for finally making me say something good about him.  🙂  Good job, Niskanen on the goal.

Next up: our bitter rivals, the Red Wings.  We’d better freaking win.  That’s all I’m gonna say.

Go Stars!

11/4/09 Stars Earn Another Loser Point aka “We Got Pittsburgh-ed and I’m PO’ed”

The Stars deserved to win that game last night.  They played hard, and it was their best game this season.  I’ll admit that the Flames played well, too, but the Stars were just a bit better.  Shame it had to end with the Stars being Pittsburgh-ed, don’t you think?

What we watched last night was playoff hockey, right down to needing the extra minutes.  Both teams played with intensity, passion, and heart.  Dallas more so than Calgary most of the time.

In the first period, the Stars weren’t great, but they were steady.  What really irks me about those first 20 minutes is that they failed to do anything with the power play or that lengthy 5-on-3.  I was disappointed in that, but I was happy that they hadn’t blown the game or anything.

When Iginla scored in the second, I was angry at Niskanen or Daley, whichever bungled that play that led to the three-on-one.  You can’t let Jarome Iginla of all people have the puck with that much space.  I’m not going to dwell on Morrow’s missed penalty shot, because I don’t blame him for anything; he’s not a shootout specialist.  It’s fine that he didn’t score.  I didn’t really expect him to. 

The third period was great- except that last 1:25.  James Neal has a new nickname: Big Deal Neal, and there’s talk that he’ll be invited to play for Team Canada in the Olympics.  Loui’s goal was great, but B-Rad’s pass was slick.  I’m pretty sure he intended for that tip to happen.  With two minutes left, I thought the game was in the bag.  But then the Stars were scrambling in their own zone, couldn’t get it out, and just like that, the game was tied.

When OT came, I kind of gave up since it’s not exactly one of the team’s strengths.  Then, that stupid, stupid, STUPID call happened.  It was horrible.  I mean, there were two officials RIGHT THERE who easily saw that it wasn’t delay of game.  But we all know what happened there.

Great game, bad end.

I’m so angry at Calgary right now, that I’m secretly hoping that “He” and his team will beat the Flames on Saturday.  I sure hope you know who I’m talking about.

Next up is Friday against Vancouver.

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!

My Bold Prediction…

You should record what I’m about to say, so that if I’m correct, I can feel really awesome and victorious.  Okay, here it is, my big, bold prediction:

The Dallas Stars will win the 2010 Stanley Cup.

Got that?  And guess what?  I actually have some reasons to back it up.

 

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Random Facts and Thoughts

-Jonas Gustavsson won’t make his decision today, but he’ll have his mind made up most likely by Sunday or Monday.  And hopefully he chooses the Stars.  I’ve got my fingers crossed. 🙂

-It’s starting to sound inevitable that we’ll draft either Magnus Pajaarvi-Svensson or Oliver Ekman-Larsson.  Like I’ve said before, I’m on the Jordan Schroeder bandwagon, and he’s still an option.  As are Dmitri Kulikov, Ryan Ellis, and Jared Cowen.  One or both MPS and OEL will most likely be available by number eight, and if the Stars draft for skill and to keep building that Swedish-ness we’ve adopted, one of them is ours.  The question is, which one?

-The Matt Niskanen-and-8th Overall Draft Pick-for-Tomas Kaberle rumor has been shot down by Dallas personnel.  I’m very glad to hear this, because I love Nisky too much to see him go.  And I already love our number eight pick even though I don’t know who it is.  I get waaaaay too attached to these players, I know. 🙂

Niskers, I'd be sad to see you go.  So, just, don't.

Niskers, I'd be sad to see you go. So, just, don't.