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The One Where Jamie Benn Fought Joe Thornton

ImageLook at the fear in Joe’s eyes. “I never should have asked him to go,” he laments to himself as he prepares to take a beating.

And what a fight it was. Joe Thornton’s had a penchant for fighting star players lately (see: Jonathan Toews) and he did it again last night. Some called it the greatest fight from a Stars player since Benn fought Jarome Iginla, and it’s hard to argue with that statement. The fight was a turning point in the game, as the Stars scored a bit after it and ended up dominating in a 3-1 win.

  • Jamie Benn got the Gordie Howe hat trick. I think it’s interesting how it’s the second GHHT this year, yet before Dillon’s the Stars hadn’t had one since I think 2007.
  • Alex Goligoski had a hell of a game.
  • Tommy Wingels has a fantastic name, but he’s kind of a coward. He started that one scrum and then wouldn’t even fight a rough and ready Morrow. Really, Wingels? Really?
  • Nilstorp got his first career win, which is awesome.
  • SELLOUT CROWD. And they got to see a hell of a game.
  • Okay but, uhm, here’s the bad thing: we finished the game with four defensemen. It looks like Larsen’s going to be okay (that fall into the boards looked really nasty, though), but I still haven’t heard anything about Aaron Rome’s foot injury. So that’ll be an interesting development.

Overall, those were two very important points that the Stars earned. They played so well last night and I can’t get over it. Maybe it’s time we should believe in this team. Maybe.

3 Stars of the Game:

1. Jamie Benn

2. Christopher Nilstorp

3. Alex Goligoski

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True Grit

The Stars-Ducks game last night was the only game in the league, and it was seriously entertaining. When NHL Network analyst, Jamie McLennan, said that the Stars and Ducks “don’t have much of a history,” and I was like

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The Ducks are the closest thing we have to a rivalry, so I don’t know what McLennan was getting at with that statement. Stars-Ducks games almost always bring hostility, and last night’s matchup was no different.

The first period was particularly gritty. We saw:

  • Brad Staubitz being a dick on two separate occasions, both of which led to Stars goals. That spear, though, was an especially dickish thing to do. Since it happened early enough in the game, it was basically a one-game suspension, so he got what he deserved.
  • Corey Perry and Stephane Robidas jawing at each other and ultimately fighting. I didn’t realize it at the time, but their scuffle stemmed from Robi knocking Perry into the boards and injuring him last season. And Perry is also a douche, so I’m sure that had something to do with it as well.
  • Sheldon Souray and Jamie Benn going at it. Souray seemed angry during the game, leading me to believe that he harbors some extreme resentment toward the Stars for not re-signing him. Anaheim is doing so well that he really shouldn’t be that angry, but I could feel the resentment from him.

Overall, this was a huge win for the Stars. Finally, they’ve beaten a real opponent. This wasn’t a hapless Avs team; nope, it was the Pacific division leaders. They played a great game last night, and it’s starting to seem like Glen Gulutzan actually knows what he’s doing.

Just some other game notes:

  • Jamie Benn’s goal was sick. His shot is severely underrated by the rest of the league, even though he showed it off at the All-Star Game a year ago. It’s like the Loui Eriksson of shots.
  • Loui Eriksson looked so relieved when he scored that goal (a sick one at that). He’s seemed off at times, and I know he knows it. Scoring that goal should give him a good boost of confidence.
  • Kari Lehtonen continues to be stellar. God, where would we be without him?
  • Trevor freakin’ Daley. Ugh, he had SUCH a good game. He scored the opening goal, he made key defensive plays (ex. the amazing play on Palmieri), and he was just overall amazing.

My Three Stars of the Game:

  1. Trevor Daley
  2. Jamie Benn
  3. Brad Staubitz

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This Picture.

 

This amuses me.

So does Pronger’s quote:

I’m day-to-day with hurt feelings.

He’s so snarky.

Moving on, the Baby Stars play Game 3 of their Calder Cup final series tonight.  It’s at Texas, so maybe that will bode well for the kids.  It would be incredibly awesome to go up 3-0.  Not that that will necessarily happen, but it would be cool.  But…Jamie Benn is set for a big game, though, after only having one assist through two games.  Keep that in mind.

Also, THN’s Ryan Dixon has a great look at the Bennster’s run so far.  Check it out if you want.

Go Baby Stars go!

Make it happen.

Season Grades: Jamie Benn

Let’s flashback to September when the Stars were in the midst of the preseason and training camp.  I think the prospect we were all excited to see was a kid by the name of Jamie Benn.  After leading the Kelowna Rockets to the memorial Cup final, Bennster was looking better and better and Stars fans were excited to see what he could do in Texas.  Texas, because there wasn’t much of a chance of him making it to the Big Stars.  I mean, he’d need to be seasoned up in the AHL before he hit the NHL.  As fans, we didn’t want Benn to go what we can now call, the “Niskanen route.”

Boy were we all wrong.  Benn tore it up in the preseason and made the team against all odds.  Marc Crawford at one point said, “Jamie Benn wasn’t one of the best players in preseason.  He was the best player in preseason.”  Crow was right about that one.

Benn’s first half was a tad slow, but he was making enormous progress for a rookie.  One memorable moment was watching him score his first goal in his hometown of Vancouver.  And Zac Efron was there.  Just saying.

Anyway, by the middle of the season, Tom Wandell fell victim to a torn ACL, and his center position was up for grabs.  In what had to have been his best decision this seaosn, Crawford experimented with Benn at center.  Let’s just say that it was pretty much amazing.  Bennster went off on a tear and looked damn good for a guy who’d never played center in his life.

The move to center spawned a great second half for our rookie.  After a somewhat slow first half of the seaosn, Bennster turned it up the second half.  He was a monster out there.  By the end of the year, he led all rookies in even-strength goals, which, in my opinion, is better than just any goal lead.  Most of those rookies like the sweet Matt Duchene, the charming John Tavares, and Niclas Bergfors got many of their goals on the power play.  Jamie Benn, on the other hand, finished with, like, two PP goals on the year and 22 even strength goals.  Pretty impressive, eh?

Another thing that impressed me about Benner was his ability to get a puck out of a scrum with ease.  It boggles me how he does it.  He just reaches in and saves the puck.  It’s just…wow.  That’s not to mention how great a skater he is.  When I hear the phrase, “power forward,” I now think of Jamie Benn.  He’s fast, huge, and a complete force.  I enjoyed watching him go off on a rampage and plow people down.  Honestly, Benn reminded me of Alex Ovechkin in that way.

My favorite part about the Bennster is that he came from out of nowhere to have this great rookie season.  If you can recall, Jamie Benn was a fifth round pick.  Let me say that again: a fifth round pick. We got very, very lucky in 2007 with this kid.  He’s like our version of Henrik Zetterberg or Pavel Datsyuk.  If Benn keeps this up, he wil have a great, great NHL career.

Grade: A+.  For being a complete monster.

That Three-Game Winning Streak? Not Happening.

I waited to post this because I thought the Stars might actually oull the magic winning streak out of a hat.  Sadly I was wrong.  Oh well.

Stars 5, Sharks 1

If we somehow miraculously made it to the eighth seed, San Jose would be very afraid.   I love this era of owning the Sharks.  Sure we’re playing for pride at this point, but it feels nice to win against the Sharks.  It’s like a reward for the woes of the rest of the season.

And how about Steve Ott?  I’m not gonna lie, but when he got his hat trick, I jumped off my couch and did a happy dance.  Hat tricks make me happy, especially when they come from one of my favorite guys, Steve Ott.

Way to go, Otter.  You earned it.

Stars 6, Oilers 3

It’s funny, but if you were sitting at that end of the AAC, you saw every goal.  That was just sort of random and funny, I thought.

Anyway, all I can say is that I love Jamie Benn.  That kid is a monster.  Just…wow.

I was glad to see Modano and Lehtinen have such great games.  It was very reminiscient of the old days.  It was also painfully sad to watch them knowing their careers are almost over.

Stars 1, Blues 2

They didn’t play too badly, just not good enough.  I thought Lehtonen was fine as was the Benn line.  It was Niskanen that really played badly.

It was sort of a lifeless game, in my opinion.  It had its moments, but it was  pretty boring.

And how about this?  Brad Richards is only one point away from his career high 91 points.  He’s also three away from the franchise record of 93, set by Mike Modano.  Come on Brad, get some points and break some records!

Yeah…this season’s over.  But whatever.  Let’s go out with dignity, okay, Stars?  Be the spoilers just because it’s fun to do that.

Next Up: the Blackhawks. 

Make it happen.

Go Stars.

What Now?

I’m not happy.  Not happy at all.  In the past two games since the Olympic break, the Stars have been outscored 11-2.  Basically they’ve lost all the momentum from before the break.  I’m calling some guys out on this one. ..

Our “Lovely” Goaltender…

Dear Marty,

What happened?  I mean come on, man!  Before the Olympic break you played like you wanted it!  What is it, now that your job is secure you don’t give a crap anymore?  Is that it?  If that’s the attitude you’re going to take, then I’m all for Kari Lehtonen taking the starting job from you.  Grow up and play some hockey.  The Stars aren’t gonna re-sign you, so you’d better put on a show if you want a team come free agency.

The Gold Medalist…

Dear Brenden,

Thanks for looking like you cared (a little).  You looked tenacious (at times) and like you wanted it (partly).  However, you still don’t look like Team Canada Morrow or (my personal favorite) Brenden Morrow, Circa 2006-2008.  Please pull it together. 

You can’t blame the knee anymore, Brenden; we all saw the way you played at the Olympics and know you can do the same for the Stars.  Can you not handle the pressure of being captain?  If that’s the case, maybe we should hand the captaincy over to Stephane Robidas, who is perfectly capable.

P.S. I’ll forgive you if you remember to hit Sidney Crosby extra hard tomorrow.  That way I’ll know you’re out of your Olympic funk.  Alright, Brenden? 🙂

To the Rookie…

Dear Bennster,

You SO won your first NHL fight last night.  I’m so proud of you, kid.  If I”m not mistaken, it went a little like this, right?

JB: How about that Sidney Crosby, eh?

EJ: Son of a…*drops the gloves*

I enjoyed it, Jamie.  A memorable first fight, eh?

Erik Johnson, meet Jamie Benn's fist

Next Up: tomorrow against the Pens (!!!)

Let’s kick some ice.

10/11/09 Shootout Sucks aka “Insert Your Kyle Wellwood Fat Joke Here”

After last night’s game, I totally and completely hate the shootout.  Right now, I blame Marty Turco for all of the SO woes, so the Stars need to end it in overtime from now on.  And I kind of hate the fact that Kyle Wellwood scored the game winner.  Like the title says, Insert your Kyle Wellwood fat joke here.

But hey, the Stars are undefeated in regulation. 🙂  And that’s a high point.

Another high point is how freakin’ awesome the young guys are playing.  James Neal is one of the best, if not the best, player each night.  He’s adjusting to the new system really well.  And how about Nick Grossman leading the league in plus-minus as a +8?  Pretty cool.  Then, there’s Tom Wandell, who impresses me more and more with each shift.

And I just wanted to say that B-Rad’s goal last night was the most awesomest thing I saw last night.  It’s times like that when I simply swell with pride at my favorite player. 🙂

It was also pretty enlightening to see Lehts back last night.  I hate to think that this is probably his last season, so I want to see him play as much as I can before he’s gone.  And because Jere Lehtinen pretty much rocks. 😀

It would have been nice if the Stars had won that shootout, but I think that there are plenty of tother things we should think about rather than a lost point. (I mean, we did get a point, no complaints here.)

What’s worrying me most? Two words: Penalty kill. 😦  I’m usually overly optimistic, but I’m not gonna lie when I say that it truly sucks.  Why worry about Marty Turco when the true issue is penalty kill?  At least with Turco we have a backup plan called Alex Auld.  The PK is KILLING them.  I don’t want his season to go down the drain because of the effing penalty kill.  Sigh.

Let’s think happier thoughts, like the fact that Jamie Benn, our studly rookie, got his first goal last night!!! 😀  Woot woot for Jamie! 🙂

As for Stephane Robidas, I knew it was only a matter of time before he took a puck to the face.  Luckily, this one wasn’t as serious, and I don’t believe he’ll have to wear the cage.  But seriously, I thought it would be more than five games in before he got hit.  Guess I was wrong. 😛

Next up is Wednesday against Trashville.  Go Stars!

Captain Morrow takes down one of those twins. :P

Captain Morrow takes down one of those twins, and then there's B-Rad. 😛