Coming into the 2011-12 season, then-Minnesota Wild forward Eric Nystrom had plenty to prove. The son of four-time Stanley Cup-winning Bobby Nystrom, "Mr. Islander" himself, had underachieved in his career, and had never found a fit with any of his linemates. He found himself off to an aggressive start in the preseason—however, that aggression put him into hot water.
In a preseason game against the Edmonton Oilers, the puck was cleared down the ice by Clayton Stoner, and Nystrom carelessly tangled up with Edmonton's rookie defenseman Taylor Fedun, subsequently breaking Fedun...
It was a first period struggle for the Stars, as they looked tired and showed poor puck retention early on. With just over eight minutes gone they found themselves one goal down as Chris Stewart squeezed one past Richard Bachman from a very tight angle to register a powerplay goal for the Blues. St.Louis dominated the first frame in front of a loud crowd at the Scottrade Center. The Stars would have been pleased to hear the buzzer to end the first frame after recording just five shots on Jaroslav Halak.
Whatever Dallas coach Glen Gulutzan said to his men in the changing room it definitely had an impact as the Stars came out a different team with more speed and physicality to their g...
The Dallas Stars (20-13-1) travel to the Scottrade Center tonight to take on the St.Louis Blues (20-10-4) in what should be a great contest as the Stars look to make the stop spot in the Pacific theirs with a win. Dallas will also be looking to record their 100th win against the Blues in NHL hockey.
The Stars come into the game following a comprehensive five goal to three victory over the tired Nashville Predators in Texas on Friday night, behind 34 saves by the very impressive rookie Richard Bachman. Despite the Stars main goaltender Kari Lehtonen's return being just around the corner after a groin injury, Bachman gets the start tonight as he looks to carry on his impressive st...
Richard Bachman has given Stars faithful relief (AP Photo)
In an earlier blog, I pointed to Andrew Raycroft to save the Stars from Kari Lehtonen's unfortunate run-in with the Injury Ninja. I paid no mind to the man being called up from the struggling Texas Stars, Richard Bachman. After a couple of pretty solid stints in the AHL, it was him that recieved the stick tap to the NHL.
Raycroft struggled a bit before finally being replaced with Bachman. A gutsy move by coach Glen Gulutzan, especially after Raycroft was shellacked by the San Jose Sharks. The Stars have not been on their game, ...
The Islanders inability to score with the man-advantage and stay out of the penalty box would be the story for tonight's 3-2 loss to the visiting Dallas Stars. The Isles were 0-3 on the power play, two of which came at crucial moments where they needed to tie the game. Throw in their continuous trips to the sin bin and you have yourself a recipe for a poorly played hockey game.
Just over eight months ago, the Minnesota Wild made all the difference in the world to the Chicago Blackhawks.
On the afternoon of April 10th, the Blackhawks lost at home to the Detroit Red Wings in game 82 of their season. Although the Blackhawks held a 2-point lead over the Dallas Stars in the standings, everybody - from the fans right through to the players - assumed the season was over. Minnesota hadn't been playing well; the Wild had been out of the playout race for several games. All the Stars needed to do was beat the Wild - and, tied at 97 points with Chicago, the tiebreaker would put Dallas, not the Blackhawks, into the playoffs.
The Islanders, who are boasting the worst offense in the league with only a dismal 59 goals for (the second worst team is the L.A. Kings with 63), were heavily criticized for one specific thing over the past three months; not scoring enough goals. (Shocking, right?)
After being shutout several times this year, the Isles were becoming a one-trick pony; if the line of Moulson-Tavares-Parenteau wasn't scoring, then there wasn't anything to worry about if you were the opposing team. However, the Isles have been on a recent streak after coming away with points in their past six games played.
The Islanders won a hard fought 5-4 victory over the Dallas Stars on Saturday night, and it can be termed hard fought for many reasons; the Isles saw a three-goal lead get washed away to a tie in the second period; Rick DiPietro pulled his groin, forcing Al Montoya to start the third period; the Stars kept coming back on the score board; and last but not least, Nino Niederreiter left the game with a concussion after a devastating hit from Stars defenseman, Mark Fistric.
Matt Moulson scored the first four-goal game of his NHL career Saturday night against the Dallas Stars; it was also the first individual four-goal game of the 2012 season. As a result, the Islanders were able to hold on for a thrilling 5-4 win.
Although the win is what ultimately matters most for the Islanders, who took seven out of eight possibly points on their four-game road trip, Moulson was the recipient of this week's NHL's First Star honors.