Dallas Stars: Kevin Klein

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.

Raycroft makes 44 saves as Stars win 4-2

December, 28, 2010

Andrew Raycroft made 44 saves and his teammates scored three third period goals as the Dallas Stars rallied for a 4-2 victory in Nashville Tuesday night. Loui Eriksson had a goal and an assist, Mark Fistric tallied the game-winning goal and Steve Ott and Krys Barch also scored for the Stars, who won their fourth straight road game despite being outshot 46-25. The Stars improved to 22-11-4 on the season and pulled to within two points of Western Conference leading Detroit. The Stars and Red Wings meet Wednesday night at American Airlines Center.

First period

Stars goalie Andrew Raycroft made 16 saves in the period, including a glove save on a point blank backhand chance by Nashville’s Sergei Kostitsyn with five seconds left in the period.

Raycroft got some help earlier in the period when defenseman Stephane Robidas made two blocks on Nashville shorthanded chances after Raycroft turned over the puck and was caught out of position.

Stars coach Marc Crawford juggled his lines for the game, moving Brian Sutherby onto to the top line with Brad Richards and Loui Eriksson. James Neal moved to the left side of a line with Steve Ott and Adam Burish.

Defenseman Nicklas Grossman and center Tom Wandell missed the game due to illness and Brandon Segal was a healthy scratch.

Second period

Raycroft stopped 17 of 18 shots in the second period for the Stars. Just after he make a poke check save on Kevin Klein the Stars headed the other way and scored when Loui Eriksson made a pretty no look, backhand centering pass that Steve Ott knocked home from close range to put the Stars up 1-0 at the 4:39 mark of the period.

Raycroft held the fort until the final minute of the period when the Predators finally cashed in on their fifth power play chance of the game. Colin Wilson backhanded a rebound by Raycroft on Nashville’s 33rd shot of the game to tie the game at 1-1 with 59.4 seconds remaining.

Third period

Nashville took a 2-1 lead 32 seconds into the third period when Wilson scored on a breakaway, slipping a backhand shot past Raycroft for his second goal of the game.

The Stars answered quickly, getting the equalizer just 1:12 later when Eriksson took a pass from Benn off the rush and roofed a shot over Nashville goalie Pekka Rinne to make it a 2-2 game.

The Stars took a 3-2 lead at the 8:18 mark when defenseman Mark Fistric picked off a wrap-around pass at the left point and put a shot on net that hit a stick and went past Rinne for his first goal of the season.

Less than two minutes later the Stars extended the lead when Krys Barch scored his first goal of the season, driving the net and banging home the rebound of a Brian Sutherby shot to make it a 4-2 game at the 10:05 mark at the third period.