Sunday, April 23, 2006

Game 1: Avs 5, Stars 2

The Stars killed any playoff buzz I was enjoying in Game 1 with an amazing display of incompetence and indifference. I have never seen the Stars so thoroughly pounded in a game of this magnitude, but it is time to believe our eyes. Now, desperation will hopefully on display on Monday from the Stars. If there is no desperation, then there is no Round 2. If there is, then we chalk game 1 up to a simple misstep that got out of hand.

Very disturbing.

Thoughts from game 1:

• The goaltender is the lightning rod around here, and he should be. Until Marty Turco can demonstrate that he is 50% of Ed Belfour on cough medicine, he is on probation. But, with the exception of the fire drill on the Wolski goal early in the 2nd, Marty was good enough to win. He made several saves that should have been goals on all-world players like Sakic and Blake. He allowed goals that no goalie in the sport would have saved. Honestly, no one is watching Marty closer than I am, as I am a proclaimed doubter of his work, but I certainly cannot claim that he is to blame in game 1. On the other hand, a franchise goalie should be able to carry the mail in Game 2 to get this series even.

• Arnott was a maniac, and because of that, those around him were really good, too. It didn’t matter who he was with; Ott, Morrow, Guerin, and Barnes all looked great, and I suspect 44 had everything to do with it. Double shift the young lad, as we know that no team has an answer for those bulls when they get rolling.

• Sadly, the same cannot be said for the other two lines. Sakic’s crew dominated Modano’s, and the Finns might not have been told that the playoffs started. Especially in the case of Modano, Lehtinen, and Zubov, I think a mulligan is in order. But, only one. They need to be great starting Monday.

• The Stars recognition and presence of mind was flat out unacceptable. To lose player after player on the Penalty Kill is tough to understand. I would imagine that this was the most deflating aspect of the game.

• I am not thinking skill and finesse is going to win this for the Stars. Colorado has just as much, and more skill than the Stars have. Forget it. You need to punish them physically. You need to hit and hit hard. I think it comes down to hitting and passion. I just did not see much besides Ott and Morrow when it came to hitting. Meanwhile, because of the slaughter of Saturday, the Stars blueline must be in a total confidence famine right now. Klemm and Boucher especially.

• The Avalanche played well enough that they could have had 10 goals. I am not kidding. A few pipes, a few amazing saves from Turco, and a few cases of missing wide open nets from 2 feet away. This has to be as good a 7 seed as we have ever seen from a talent standpoint.

• Stat to fear? Last 11 playoff seasons, there have been 22 series between the 2 seed and the 7 seed. The 7 seed is 13-9 in those series. Holy cow.

• If someone hit Modano from behind like Nik Hagman hit Sakic, we would all be screaming bloody murder. That is a fact.

• 18,000 fans made us remember how great a playoff crowd can be. And then they turned on the team in the 2nd period by booing them off the ice, and left the arena altogether with 4 minutes left, apparently because 4:45pm on a Saturday is now a school night. They don’t make die-hards like they used to.

• Jose Theodore? No idea. Hopefully, we will know on Monday.

13 comments:

Anonymous said...

shouldn't you be watching the mavs game sports sturm?

Rick Bentley said...

"(Tied for) First Place Texas Rangers."

Anonymous said...

If the Stars put on "an amazing display of incompetence and indifference" (your words), why wouldn't they get booed? They crapped the bed yesterday and wasted everyone's time and money.

Anonymous said...

i remember a really bad playoff game...hmmm 1999, game 5, western conferance finals, stars were blown away 7-5 (stars made it close at the end) going back to Colorado down 3-2 in the series. I think it all worked out...

Anonymous said...

Wonder how much the day game factor had to do with it. It also looked to me like the Stars younger players were playing like they didn't want to screw up. At least we saw the same game Reverend Sturm.

Anonymous said...

Is that it?

Cap It said...

Don't think for one minute you're off the hook today, Sturm (if in fact that's who you really are).

If this is it, then you get an incomplete...

Mavs? Rangers? Immigration?

Come on Bob...

Anonymous said...

Hey Sturm:

So the fans are bad for leaving with 4 minutes left and their team is down by three goals? I'd say they stayed too long....57 minutes, most of which was spent watching their team suck.

Did you pay for your tickets, post game Bob?

mithrandiryod said...

Funny thing Bob. I seem to remember such die hard fans in the season opener, watching their team with wide eyed hope and expectation skate horribly against the frickin LA Kings, as the Kings pounded out three against them. The fans booed the Stars off the ice that period, and what did it result in? Dallas roaring back to make opening night memorable by winning. If anything, the stars deserved to get booed for the crappy perfomance they put on. The exception to this is as you say, The Jason Arnott Crew, who have been kicking A** and taking names lately. So don't beat on the die hard fan. If I had been able to be there I would have booed. I think I was actually booing at my TV. (By the Way NBC Coverage sucks)

mrowl said...

Bob, your arguement that booing a team before it is over hurts the players doesn't work out

There have been MANY games where a team was booed off the ice, court, grass, and they came back and won.

The latest? Detroit was booed at the end of the 2nd period in game 1, and they came back to win that game.

not that bob said...

The fans pay the high dollars to sit in the stands. They can leave anytime they want. Please remember, the players are there to entertain the fans, not the other way 'round.

DONT FALL FOR IT said...

A fan that doesn't boo, complain or leave when his team is playing as badly as the Stars played Saturday is like a wife who Lewinski's her husband after he beats the "S#!%" out of her...insane.
That was one of the worst efforts I have ever witnessed on the ice. I was watching on TV and left it to mow my yard, for the "love of Pete", after that 5th Av's goal. Boucher looked like he belonged playing for the Ticket teams at Charity Challenge. Turco should never, never, ever let in soft goals in the playoffs. That abortion in the 2nd period was in-ex-cus-a-ble. Where were the Finns?
I hope I am wrong, but this team sure seemed to benefit greatly from the shoot-out points the received in the standings...I think they are not as good as their 112 points indicates.

Tony said...

Hey Bob, I have to give you credit.
If I didn't know any better, and I don't, I would have thought coach
Tippet listened to the post game show after game 3. Guiren was standing at the net. Daly was back. And it didn't seem to me that the Ave's had an answer for Arnott's line. This is why I enjoy the post game show. For the average hockey fan it really gives some insight on what to look for. I hope they continue so I can enjoy the postgame show. thanks greenhockeyfanfromtexas.