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Behind The Scenes: Road Trip - NJ Game Day

by Staff Writer / Dallas Stars

The division leading Stars continue a five-game road swing with games against the New York Rangers, New York Islanders & New Jersey Devils this week. Get a glimpse of what went on behind the scenes as the team travels to the East Coast.

Photos by Trey Hill

(newest photos at top)


2:51 am - The Stars return home collecting 6 of a possible 10 points on the 6,400 mile road trip with their two back up goaltenders; you have to feel good about that.

2:49 am - Downtown Dallas comes into view for the first time in ten days as the Stars charter turns onto final approach.

12:02 am - The pilots run through their pre-flight routine prior to closing the doors.

10:50 pm - The Stars locker room is empty well in advance of the 11:10 pm bus to Newark airport.

10:48 pm - Michael Ryder became the third Star with double-digit goals this season.

10:46 pm - Steve Sumner loads the Stars gear one last time before playing games six of the next seven at home.

10:45 pm - Brenden Morrow addresses the media after the game; he said, ``It's hard to say five minutes after a loss, but 3-2 doesn't sound so good. We had the opportunity to make it a great trip, going coast to coast, California to New York, at 4-1. It would have been quite an accomplishment, so we're a disappointed bunch right now.''

10:31 pm - Mike Ribeiro brings the puck into the offensive zone one final time.

10:30 pm - Alex Goligoski and Sheldon Souray talk before an offensive zone draw late in the game.

10:30 pm - Johan Hedberg allowed 3 goals on 36 shots, but the effort was enough to beat his former team.


10:18 pm - As the game winds down, Donny White packs up the game sticks.

10:11 pm - Tomas Vincour, Adam Pardy and Mark Fistric watch the game from the press box.

10:04 pm - Mike Ribeiro and Devil's captain Zach Parise catch up with one another between shifts.

10:02 pm - The building's video review booth stands ready at the start of the 3rd period.

9:54 pm - Joe Nieuwendyk congratulates Scott Niedermayer on having his number 27 retired.

9:50 pm - Devils GM Lou Lamoriello talks with his former player turned Stars GM, Joe Nieuwendyk.

9:45 pm - Bob Sturm and the crew watch as Ralph Strangis interviews GM Joe Nieuwendyk during the second intermission.

9:39 pm - Andrew Raycrofts mask sits in the tunnel.


9:35 pm - A young Devils fan gets his picture made with some Devils Dancers.

9:33 pm - The building crew try to fix a problem with the lamp behind Richard Bachman.

9:26 pm - The building again comes to their feet as the Devils take the lead with a Kovalchuk goal mid-way through the 2nd.

9:23 pm - Jamie Benn eyes the puck during a faceoff just outside the Stars defensive zone.

9:22 pm - According to the Hockey Dictionary, an alternate spelling for pesky is 'Ott'.

9:14 pm - Mike Ribeiro rips the tape off his blade during a TV timeout.


9:10 pm - The Devils tie the game just two minutes later.

9:09 pm - Stars' East Coast scout, Danny O'Brien, takes notes during the 1st period.


9:07 pm - With Brenden Morrow's late 2nd period goal, the Stars captain has 5 points (3 goals, 2 assists) on the road trip.

9:07 pm - The Stars bench comes to life as Brenden Morrow gives the Stars a 2-1 lead at the beginning of the 2nd period.

9:04 pm - Joe Nieuwendyk and Stu Barnes talk during a break in play.

8:53 pm - Mark Fistric and Adam Pardy sit with the injured Tomas Vincour in the press box.


8:27 pm - Michael Ryder puts the first goal of the evening behind Johan Hedberg.


8:20 pm - Richard Bachman makes an early save.

8:08 pm - The opening faceoff.


8:05 pm - Richard Bachman gets loose between the circles.

8:03 pm - Richard Bachman leads the team onto the ice for the fourth straight night

7:54 pm - Ralph Strangis makes a few faces at Bob Sturm, trying to get him to break, in the opening minutes of the broadcast.

7:39 pm - Steve Ott and Mike Ribeiro's helmets sit in their locker stalls during warm ups.

7:37 pm - Steve Ott catches a puck during warm ups.

7:30 pm - Radek Dvorak comes out of the locker room prior to warm ups.

7:20 pm - Scott Niedermayer's number 27 goes into the rafters.


7:15 pm - Soon, Scott Niedermayer's number 27 will join Scott Stevens & Ken Daneyko's in the rafters.

7:14 pm - Scott Nidermayer was quick to thank the players on both benches for their willingness to participate in the night, knowing that events like this one interrupt their normal routines.


7:05 pm - The Stars come onto the bench for the ceremony.


7:03 pm - The Prudential Center comes to their feet as Scott Nidermayer enters.

7:01 pm - Trevor Daley watches the ceremony from the tunnel to the dressing room.


6:56 pm - The long shadow of NHL broadcasting great Doc Emerick as he introduces Scott Niedermayer.

6:54 pm - Trevor Daley and Alex Goligoski come out to watch some of the Niedermayer ceremony.

6:52 pm - Martin Brodeur watches the Scott Niedermayer tribute video alongside NHL Hall of Famer and Devil's assistant coach Larry Robinson.

6:46 pm - The broadcast team runs through the evening's billboards so Ralph Strangis can record his liners.

6:43 pm - The building equipment guy loads the refrigerator in the Stars dressing room with water.


6:41 pm - The Stars locker room sits empty as the guys get warmed up and stretched out.

6:40 pm - While others play Donkey Ball to get loose, Eric Nystrom goes through his own pregame warm up routine.

6:29 pm - Bob Sturm, filling in for Daryl Reaugh, downloads his sports brain in preparation for the night's broadcast.

6:05 pm - Jamie Benn plays a little volleyball with Donny White before the traditional Donkey Ball game.

6:04 pm - Stephane Robidas asks about the teams plans for the Niedermayer ceremony.

6:03 pm - Coach Glen Gulutzan talks with hockey historian and broadcaster, Stan Fischler.

6:00 pm - Mark Fistric looks over the scouting reports prior to getting dressed.

5:57 pm - The in-arena crew run through final preparation for the Scott Niedermayer ceremony.

5:24 pm - The team bus received a police escort to avoid traffic between the hotel and the arena.

4:58 pm - The team bus waits outside the hotel before the final game of the Stars cross continent road trip that took them 6,400 miles to 5 cities in 10 days.

12:29 pm - Ralph Strangis and Bob Sturm make their way into the New Jersey home of BaD Radio, where Ralph sits in for an absent Dan McDowell.

12:06 pm - Toby Petersen requests something musically off the beaten trail, so Andrew Raycroft calls up The Rural Alberta Advantage on his iPhone. It was really good.

11:57 am - Toby Petersen shoots on Andrew Raycroft; they were two of only four players who opted to skate after a late night on Long Island.

10:46 am - The New Jersey Devils gather at center ice at the end of their morning skate.

10:35 am - Cody Eastwood sets up his editing suite just outside the Stars dressing room.

10:26 am - A small group of players attended the optional morning skate at the Prudential Center.







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