“Who’s the Stars biggest rival?” I hear that one a lot and never have a very good answer for it. Some argue playoffs make rivalries, the NHL asserts that it’s geography that can do it, while others say the best rivalries are long standing, competitive and built over time. Yankees/Red Sox hits all of the above.
And while rivalries like that are as rare as the albatross, there are plenty of sturdy and burgeoning ongoing conflicts worth a look. Let’s first look at some Stars history.
In Minnesota, the North Stars and the Chicago Blackhawks played in the Norris Division together during most the 80’s and early 90’s. Between 1982 and 1992 the teams met over 50 times in the regular season and 6 times in the playoffs. The Hawks won 4 of those 6 playoff series, which were must-watch TV. Old … Read More »
Hockey Hall of Famer Scotty Bowman once said that the most important game of a seven-game playoff series (save a deciding game seven – duh) is game four.
He’s right. More times than not, one team enters the contest up, 2-1, in the series. The winner of game four has either taken a commanding 3-1 lead or has pulled even at 2-2 and has momentum.
Tonight’s game between the Stars and Ducks is just that – a pivotal game four and everything is on the line. The recipe for Dallas is simple – win your home games and take your chances in a game seven, where anything can happen. Anaheim wants to win tonight so they can possibly close this puppy out in five and not have to travel back to Texas.
Game four also means that both teams have gotten a little … Read More »
Most of the talk on Tuesday centered around Ian Kinsler, who had some not-so-kind words about his former GM Jon Daniels and wished his team the ultimate failure of losing all 162 games they play this season. Opinions on Kinsler dominated the sports talk airwaves, his comments coming off as sour grapes and bitterness from a deal that was actually just part of the business.
Meanwhile another longtime Dallas sports staple was in the process of moving on, himself, traded to California in a deal that, unlike Kinsler’s, was agreed upon by all parties, including the player himself.
And the only comments being said were all 100 percent positive. Thus is the case when one word dominates the situation and basically defines the player.
I’ve never met anyone who didn’t respect Stephane Robidas. Teammates, front office, media, fans, broadcasters and even arena security.
Everyone … Read More »