Dallas Stars: Mike Ribeiro

Mike Ribeiro's goal: 'Six shades of sexy'

February, 17, 2012
Mike Ribeiro's game-winning goal in overtime against Calgary last night was slick. So was the description by Stars broadcasters Ralph Strangis and Daryl Reaugh. Here's the video and audio from the broadcast.

The Dallas Stars are about to put the theory that adversity makes you stronger to the test. The Stars will play at least the next five games without their top two centers.

Jamie Benn, the team’s leading scorer with 42 points (13 goals, 29 assists) in 42 games, had an appendectomy Sunday afternoon. Benn is doing fine, according to the Stars, but he’s going to be out a while.

“Probably through the All-Star break,” Stars GM Joe Nieuwendyk said Sunday evening. “It will probably be ten days to two weeks.”

Mike Ribeiro, the team’s fourth leading scorer with 31 points (10 goals, 21 assists) in 40 games, has already missed three games with a tear in his MCL, and he isn’t expected to return before the break as well.

“He's a little bit better today, but he's still not a player," Stars coach Glen Gulutzan said after Sunday morning’s practice in Frisco. "I don't think we'll see Ribby until after the All-Star break.”

The news on Ribeiro’s status and Benn’s surgery come as the Stars face a key stretch of five games heading into the break, and they’ll have to find a way to get the job done without two key players.

“A little adversity,” said Nieuwendyk. “It will make us stronger in the end. It makes you stronger.”

The Stars recalled Francis Wathier from the AHL on Sunday, giving them 12 healthy forwards for Monday’s game in St. Louis. Nieuwendyk said there could be other call ups coming, but they’ll go with the players they have for the game against the Blues.

“We’ll go game-by-game here and see how we go,” Nieuwendyk said. “We have some other options, but [Monday] night Wathier will get a chance.”

Monday’s game will be the front end of a tough back-to-back. After playing the Blues, who are currently second in the West, the Stars will return home to play Detroit on Tuesday.

“Two top five hockey clubs,” said Gulutzan. “It’s going to be a real good test, a challenge. Our players are going to have to rise up to the occasion here.”

As always, it is one game at a time and that means right now the focus is on St. Louis, which is 18-3-3 at home and has been on a roll since Ken Hitchcock took over as head coach.

“We’re aware of the success they’ve had at home and the success they’ve had of late,” said Stars forward Toby Petersen. “We know it’s going to be a good challenge for us.”

And the challenge over these next five games up to the break is to collect as many points as possible to keep pace in the Western Conference playoff race.

“It’s huge. You don’t want to slip down too far here,” said Petersen. “As we found out the past few years, as the season progresses it doesn’t get any easier, it gets harder. We want to rack up as many points as we can.”

The schedule to the break

Mon. January 16: at St. Louis
Tue. January 17: vs. Detroit
Fri. January 20: vs. Tampa Bay
Sat. January 21: at Minnesota
Tue. January 24: vs. Anaheim

Stars in back-to-backs

The Stars have two back-to-back sets of games this week, their seventh and eight of the season. So far they are 3-2-1 in the first game of back-to-back sets and 0-6-0 in the second game. That adds up to the Stars collecting seven of a possible 24 points those back-to-back sets.

Stars center Mike Ribeiro, who is out for tonight's game at Anaheim, has a slight tear in his MCL. Ribeiro injured his right knee in a knee-on-knee collision in Saturday's game against the Edmonton Oilers.

"He has an MCL there, but there's an old MCL (injury) there so that pollutes the waters a little bit of what is actually there. He has it and he is limping around," said Stars coach Glen Gulutzan. "Ribs thinks he can play, but for his sake we've got to make sure that he is stable enough that he is not going to get an injury there. He really wanted to come on the trip and we had to make him stay at home. He's going to skate today (wearing a brace) and we'll see how it is."

If Ribeiro does fine with that skate today he could join the team in Los Angeles on Wednesday.

Souray in tonight

Dallas Stars defenseman Sheldon Souray, who has missed the last six games with an ankle injury, will return to the lineup for tonight's game against the Anaheim Ducks.

"I'm anxious to get back and playing with this group," Souray said.

With Souray ready to go tonight he will come off injured reserve. The Stars have placed defenseman Philip Larsen, who is out with concussion-like symptoms, on injured reserve.

Stars coach Glen Gulutzan said he go with seven defensemen tonight with Souray coming back in after missing several games and Mark Fistric coming off a bout with the flu.

Kari Lehtonen will start in goal for the Stars tonight.

Jonas Hiller is out for the Ducks tonight, so either Jeff Deslauriers or Iiro Tarkki will start in goal for Anaheim.

Mike Ribeiro out Tuesday

January, 9, 2012
FRISCO -- Stars center Mike Ribeiro, who injured his knee in Saturday's game against Edmonton, will not play in Tuesday's game at Anaheim.

"He's having an MRI on his knee. Ribby thinks he can play, which is a good sign, and he finished that game, which is always a real good sign. However, for the player and his career, we have to take a look at that knee," said Stars coach Glen Gulutzan. "He won't be a player for Tuesday. Once we get the results of the MRI we might fly him out Wednesday into LA."

Ribeiro was injured in a knee-on-knee collision with Edmonton defenseman Theo Peckham. He left the game for treatment and then returned to score two goals in the Stars' 4-1 victory over the Oilers.

Stars defenseman Sheldon Souray, who has missed the last six games with an ankle injury, practiced today. He is "60-40" to play in Tuesday's game against Anaheim, according to Gulutzan.

Defenseman Mark Fistric did not practice Monday due to the flu. He will travel with the team for Tuesday's game, but is questionable.

Goaltender Kari Lehtonen, who did not start Saturday's game due to a bout with the flu, practiced Monday and should be fine for Tuesday's game against the Ducks, Gulutzan said.

Here was Monday's practice lineup:


Pardy-Jordie Benn


Mike Ribeiro shines as Stars down Predators

January, 5, 2012

Dallas Stars center Mike Ribeiro put on a solid showing in Nashville Thursday night, mixing skill and grit in leading the Dallas Stars to a 4-1 victory over the Predators.

Ribeiro scored two first period goals, left the game late in the second after getting hit in the face with a puck but returned in the third period to help the Stars close out the victory that helps them keep pace in the very tight Western Conference.

“Some of that elusiveness you saw tonight was on display. I thought his compete level was real high. It was a great game,” said Stars coach Glen Gulutzan. “He came back after losing some teeth and getting stitches and he’s diving to block shots. I really liked his game. Some fantastic moves.”

Ribeiro opened the scoring for the Stars 4:18 into the game, slipping by Nashville defenders Roman Josi and Kevin Klein and then beating Predators goalie Pekka Rinne with a backhand shot.

After Nashville had tied the game on a goal by Gabriel Bourque, Ribeiro struck again with 38.7 seconds left in the first to give the Stars a lead that would hold up for the rest of the game. After Rinne couldn’t handle a Nicklas Grossman shot from the left point, the puck dropped behind the Nashville goalie and Ribeiro poked it into the net to put the Stars up 2-1.

Ribeiro left the game late in the second period when he was hit in the face by a Trevor Daley shot with the Stars on the power play.

"He's not as good looking as he was before,” said Gulutzan. “He's lost some teeth and he's got some stitches in his mouth. We’re just thankful it wasn’t a broken jaw or something like that.”

Ribeiro left the ice, but then returned midway through the third period wearing a full cage.

“It was pretty gritty. I don’t know if people noticed, but he went down to block Shea Weber’s shot late in the third period. We’re up 4-1 and there’s two minutes to go,” said Stars defenseman Stephane Robidas. “He showed a lot of courage. He came back and played a really good game. He’s a big piece of our team. “

The Stars made it a 3-1 game in the second period when Predators defenseman Ryan Suter reversed the puck behind his own net, but it went right to Stars forward Jamie Benn who quickly put it past a surprised Rinne at the 8:46 mark.

The Stars came close to extending the lead three times within the next two on plays by Steve Ott. He hit the post on a breakaway, was pulled down on another breakaway and was awarded a penalty shot, and then hit the post on the penalty shot.

The Stars made it 4-1 in the third, taking advantage of another Nashville turnover. After Predators defenseman Shea Weber lost the puck, Jamie Benn set up Tom Wandell, whose shot from the left circle was tipped into the net by Adam Burish.

“If you look at our game tonight it was a pretty solid win,” said Robidas. “It’s a tough team to play. There are not too many teams that come in that building and win. It’s a tough team to play against and you ask anybody, it could be one of the toughest teams to play against. We knew what we had to bring.”

The loss snapped a three-game winning streak for the Predators and spoiled the return of Weber, who had missed the last four games with a concussion that resulted from a hit by Stars defenseman Mark Fistric in the Stars’ 6-3 victory over the Predators on December 23.

“They tracked well and we just didn’t have enough push,” said Nashville coach Barry Trotz. “We weren’t sharp. It was a self-inflicted four goals. That’s how I look at it.”


*Stars defenseman Stephane Robidas returned to the lineup after missing six games with a foot injury.

*Nashville fans booed Stars defenseman Mark Fistric, whose hit knocked Predators defenseman Shea Weber out of the lineup for four games.

*Fistric and Nashville forward Jordin Tootoo fought 1:46 minutes into the game.

*The Stars were 3-3 on the penalty kill and are 8-8 on the PK over the last four games.

*The Stars were 0-4 on the power play and are now 2-22 over the last seven games.

*Jamie Benn had one goal and one assist, giving him three straight multi-point games.

*Toby Petersen and Jake Dowell were healthy scratches for the Stars, who dressed seven defensemen in the game.

Q&A with Mike Ribeiro

August, 29, 2011
Dallas Stars center Mike Ribeiro is among the players who have been skating in Frisco recently in preparation for training camp. Ribeiro talked to the media after one of the skates and here’s a transcript of what he had to say.

On his taking a bigger role offensively with Brad Richards moving on via free agency

“That’s what you want. It’s a little bit harder. I think last year I adjusted pretty good and didn’t care about first or second, and it will be the same this year. We’ve got Benny (Jamie Benn), who is ready to take a big step and we’ll see how we go. It’s a team. Some nights Benny’s line will be the top line and other nights it will be me. I am ready to be the first one and play against those top D’s and those checking lines. But I won’t mind if it’s Benny’s line or Tommy Wandell’s line. We just have to stay focused on what we have to do as a team and win some games.”

On new head coach Glen Gulutzan

“We talked a few times during the summer and I am sure we are going to talk even more coming up to the season. We still have (associate coach) Willie Desjardins. We’ll keep the basics, but I am sure Gully is going to want his input and show us some new stuff. I’ve learned from every coach I’ve had and hopefully I’ll learn again this year. New coaches now have different approaches and different stuff you can learn. It will be nice to see what we can do with that.”

On the addition of right wing Michael Ryder, a teammate in Montreal

“He can shoot the puck. Most the seasons he has played he has scored 20, 25, 30 goals. He’s going to take that 25 goals that James Neal used to bring us, but he’s a right hand shot and a little bit different. He’s pretty fast too. He’s an awkward skater, but once he gets going he is pretty fast. He’s a skilled guy and he’s been coached by some really good coaches, so he knows how to play the game and that’s important, too.

“It’s going to be good for us. We played on the same line in Montreal for a few years, so we know each other. We’ll see if we work together this year.

“We had a good year there just before the lockout. He just won a Cup. Hopefully he comes here in good shape and ready to go. We have a good group to welcome people in, so I am sure he’ll be comfortable here knowing a few guys. “

On the addition of defenseman Sheldon Souray, also a teammate in Montreal

“Since we lost [Sergei Zubov] and [Philippe Boucher] – we have [Alex] Goligoski who can shoot it from there – but snipers from the blue line, you don’t have a lot of those. He’s a guy that can shoot from the blue line and score. Not just his shot, but size too will help. He’s a guy that can play physical and dirty. But his shot can help us, especially on the power play. He’s a guy that can score and we’ve needed that from the blue line.

“It will be interesting on the power play. Then you have a guy like Ryder, who is a right shot. The last few years we really didn’t have a guy who could shoot right handed and could score. It will be nice to see the mix we can have, what lines we’ll have. I am just anxious to see. I am anxious for training camp.”

Stars talk about getting Alex Goligoski

February, 22, 2011

Stars coach Marc Crawford, captain Brenden Morrow and forward Mike Ribeiro talk about the addition of Alex Goligoski.

Video: Mike Ribeiro gets pie in face

November, 19, 2010
Here's video from the Stars' official site of Mike Ribeiro getting a shaving cream pie from Adam Burish after last night's game. Ribeiro snapped a season opening 16-game goal scoring drought by tallying two goals - both the game-tying goal and the game-winner as the Stars beat the Sharks 5-4 in overtime at American Airlines Center.

Notice how Ribeiro just keeps on going with his comments. Never misses a beat. True pro that Ribeiro.

Frustration ends for Mike Ribeiro

November, 19, 2010

Mike Ribeiro had been frustrated by his inability to put a puck in the net through the first 16 games of the season. The frustration ended Thursday night. Ribeiro scored the Dallas Stars’ final two goals as they rallied from a 4-2 deficit to beat the San Jose Sharks 5-4 in overtime at American Airlines Center.

Ribeiro scored the game-tying goal with 2:06 remaining in regulation and then notched the game-winner at 2:52 of overtime.

“I would have taken them before but I guess this was a good time,” said Ribeiro. “It feels great. I’ve had some slumps in my career in the middle of the season - like it was in the 40th game of the year, or the 50th, and you don't score - and you don’t really feel it, but this one was from the beginning of the season. It gets to you and I was a little bit frustrated. The boys kept joking with me and kept me smiling.”

The jokes continued after the game. As Ribeiro was talking to the media, Adam Burish darted from around a corner and nailed Ribeiro with a shaving cream pie. Ribeiro never missed a beat though and continued to answer the question he had been asked as he wiped away the shaving cream.

Even Stars coach Marc Crawford had a good quip when it came to Ribeiro breaking out of the goal scoring slump.

“Once he scored he took off and no one could catch him. You just saw his speed come back,” Crawford said. “When you start pressing too much everything gets heavy, you start carrying the weight of the world. Mike’s not a big guy so it was pretty heavy. “

Both Ribeiro’s goals came from close range. He scored during a scramble in front of the net, roofing a shot over Sharks goalie Antti Niemi to tie the game at 4-4 with 2:06 remaining. His game-winner came after Brenden Morrow beat Sharks defenseman Dan Boyle for a puck behind the net and got it to Ribeiro, who skated towards the front of the net before firing the puck by Niemi.

“On my first one I was so nervous I just threw the puck up and it went in,” said Ribeiro. “The other one I was a little bit more patient.”

But the big thing for Ribeiro and the rest of the Stars were the two points in the game, which ran the team’s home winning streak to five games and gave them five wins in their last eight games overall.

“It’s about the team. It’s the two points,” said Ribeiro. “To come back and win like that is a big boost for the team.”

Mike Ribeiro talks about arrest

October, 11, 2010
Stars center Mike Ribeiro was on the ice for the team's practice Monday morning following his late Sunday night arrest for public intoxication in Plano, and after practice he faced questions about the arrest.

"It’s my personal life and I’d like to keep it like that," Ribeiro said. "It’s not a good situation and I want to keep it personal right now and concentrate on hockey."

Ribeiro and three other people were arrested at the RA Sushi Bar Restaurant following an altercation with another group of patrons. Ribeiro said the incident wasn't "a big thing" and that he wanted to move forward from it.

"I wish there were cameras there and you could have seen what happened. I guess a lot of people would have a different opinion about what happened," Ribeiro said. "I'm clear in my mind of what happened and I just want to put that behind us today and look forward to tomorrow."

Stars GM Joe Nieuwendyk also talked to the media Monday and said the team is looking into the incident.

“It’s a matter that we as an organization take very seriously, especially when the police are involved," Nieuwendyk said. "We’ll gather all the information and handle everything internally."

As about possible discipline for Ribeiro, Nieuwendyk said the team will gather all the information and then decide how to handle things.

As for it being a possible distraction to the team and the coaching staff, Stars head coach Marc Crawford said it he doesn't see it being a problem in that regard.

"It doesn’t really concern us. Joe’s already talked about it and we’re handling it internally," Crawford said. "We talked to Mike and we just keep moving forward. That’s the best way to approach things. There’s not much more than we can say about that."

Mike Ribeiro determined and ready to go

September, 15, 2010
When Mike Ribeiro came to the Dallas Stars from the Montreal Canadiens in September 2006 he was a guy in need of a fresh start. In a way, Ribeiro’s looking at this season as another fresh start. It’s a fresh start not only for him, but for his team as well.

“It’s a new season,” said Ribeiro. “It’s a fresh start for everyone. It’s the second year for the coach. Everything is in the right place to start the season and now it’s time for the players to show up, do the right thing and play as a team.”

The Stars will be trying to get back to the playoffs after two straight seasons finishing out of the top eight in the Western Conference.

Ribeiro will be trying to get back on track after a season where his offensive production dropped. He led the Stars in scoring in 2007-08 and 2008-09 by being basically a point a game player but last season he didn’t produce at that pace, registering 53 points (19 goals, 34 assists) in 66 games. There were struggles adjusting to coach Marc Crawford’s push the pace style. He missed time with a throat injury as well.

He’s worked hard over the summer to get ready for the upcoming season. He was one of the first players to return to Frisco to resume skating and he’s looked like a determined, focused player in those player skates at the Stars’ practice facility. Crawford’s noticed Ribeiro’s resolve.

“I think he realizes he’s got more to give,” said Crawford. “If you look at his history, when he first came here he had a lot to prove. That’s when he played his best. That’s what I see. He really looks like a guy that wants to prove something. That’s music to our ears right now.”

Ribeiro shrugged at the idea that he has something to prove. Last year is history, he said, and he’s just looking forward. He joked that the reason he looks so good during those workouts in Frisco is he’s been skating longer than everybody else. But he did say he is anxious to get going.

“I’m ready. It was a long offseason,” Ribeiro said. “I’m just ready to get started and have a good season.”

That long offseason had its rocky moments for Ribeiro. His name was featured prominently when it came to trade rumors and speculation, especially during the NHL Entry Draft. And his name continued to pop up throughout the rest of the summer.

Stars GM Joe Nieuwendyk put the rumors and speculation to rest for now when he told ESPNDallas.com earlier this week that Ribeiro was staying put.

“I reassured him that I have no intentions of moving him. I think he was worried about it. There was speculation out there that he was going to be moved any day,” Nieuwendyk said over the weekend. “I talked him to a couple of weeks ago and said, ‘Mike, you need to do some things for me and I need to do some things for you, but I fully expect you are going to have a big year.’”

Ribeiro was well aware of the rumors and speculation. He said the lines of communication were open with the Stars and that was key.

“If you guys heard [the rumors] then I heard them too. Especially the way it ended last year. It was a rocky ending and you really don’t know what the team is thinking,” Ribeiro said. “We had good talks during the summer, at least two or three times. I think it was really important. I think last year we didn’t really communicate well as player to coach and player to management. For them it was to reinforce that they want to keep me and for me it was to work hard, be in the gym and do the details that make the team better. I am ready to do that.”

Nieuwendyk: No plans to move Mike Ribeiro

September, 12, 2010
When it comes to the trade rumor mill, Mike Ribeiro has been a fixture this offseason. Stars GM Joe Nieuwendyk said he’s put the center’s mind at ease, telling Ribeiro that the plan is for him to stay in Dallas and have a big season with the Stars.

“I reassured him that I have no intentions of moving him. I think he was worried about it. There was speculation out there that he was going to be moved any day,” Nieuwendyk said. “I talked him to a couple of weeks ago and said, ‘Mike, you need to do some things for me and I need to do some things for you, but I fully expect you are going to have a big year.’ I assured him I had no intentions of moving him at this time. I think he and Brenden Morrow are going to have big years.”

Ribeiro, who led the Stars in scoring in both 2007-08 and 2008-09, saw his production drop last season. He registered 53 points (19 goals, 34 assists) in 66 games. He struggled with coach Marc Crawford’s up tempo style, and he missed time with injury as well.

Morrow, Ribeiro’s linemate, had a down season in 2009-10 as well as he came off ACL surgery.

Ribeiro was the subject of a lot of rumors and speculation this offseason, most of it centering on the Stars moving him to help the team upgrade its defense.

Hradek: Waving goodbye to the Stars

April, 12, 2010
Before focusing on the playoffs, ESPN NHL Insider E.J. Hradek wanted to take one parting shot at the 14 teams left behind. He also singled out one guy who did his part in a lost season.

His comment on the Stars:
Loose defensive play and inconsistent goaltending will lead you to an early vacation. That was the case in Big D. Stars GM Joe Nieuwendyk will investigate the trade market during the summer. He'd probably be willing to deal a center like Mike Ribeiro or Brad Richards in the right scenario. The Stars could definitely use some experienced help on the blue line. Of course, the club's ownership situation -- which remains uncertain with Tom Hicks looking to move the club -- could change the dynamic for Nieuwendyk.

Don't Blame Me: Mark Fistric. Somehow, on one of the worst defensive team's in the league, the rugged 23-year-old defenseman finished with a terrific plus-27 rating. There was no one else on the roster close to that number. A first-round pick in 2004, Fistric won't thrill anyone with his puck-moving skill, but he's obviously doing something right as tough, stay-at-home type.

Ribeiro disciplined for missing meeting

March, 29, 2010
The Stars will be short two forwards named Mike when they take on the Ducks in Anaheim tonight.

You already know that Mike Modano is still recovering from having his appendix removed.

This afternoon, the team said it will make Mike Ribeiro, the team's third-leading scorer with 50 points, a healthy scratch because he missed a team meeting Sunday.

The Stars are 3-0-1 against the Ducks this season. Here's a preview of the game.

Postgame observations from a 5-3 loss

March, 14, 2010

Are the Stars' playoff hopes officially extinguished? Last week, GM Joe Nieuwendyk said the team needed to win five of six on the homestand to have a realistic chance, and that's impossible now after losses to LA and Colorado. But coach Marc Crawford isn't ready to give up on his team's playoff chances.

"They're not over, not at all," Crawford said. "You just have to win the next game. You get two points, and you keep going. You don't try to win four (games); you try to win one."

Next up: First place San Jose on Tuesday night at 7:30 at the AAC.

Some other notes:

*The Stars marveled at the play of Colorado goalie Craig Anderson after he stopped 48 of 51 shots to steal the victory. Anderson was particularly good in the final two minutes, when the Stars had essentially a two-man advantage with a power play and a pulled goalie. "Their goalie was unbelievable," James Neal said. "We had traffic in front, we had shots coming in from everywhere. He stopped everything."

*The Stars are now 1-5-1 since the Olympic break. They've given up five or more goals in five of those seven games. The defense has been worse than the goaltending in most of those games, but goaltending was the culprit Sunday. Turco only stopped 14 of 18 shots, and Lehtonen stopped three of four.

*One big reason for the Stars' defensive struggles is poor penalty killing. Colorado scored on two of three power plays. Since the break, the Stars have killed only 16 of 23 penalties (.696).

*Crawford singled out Mike Ribeiro and Stephane Robidas for their stellar play Sunday. Ribeiro was 17 of 25 on faceoffs (68 percent) and Robidas dished out five hits and had a blocked shot.