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Mike Ribeiro toughs it out again

1/7/2012

DALLAS -- Stars center Mike Ribeiro is making a habit of shaking off injuries and turning in strong performances.

Thursday in Nashville, Ribeiro, who scored two goals earlier in the game, took a puck in the face, lost some teeth, but returned to help the Stars close out a 4-1 victory over the Predators.

Saturday at American Airlines Center, he hobbled off the ice early in the second period after knee-on-knee collision with Edmonton defenseman Theo Peckham, returned to the game and then scored two goals to help the Stars close out a 4-1 victory over the Oilers.

“I don’t like to miss games so I came back,” said Ribeiro. "Probably just treat it and be back on Tuesday against Anaheim. I’ll probably play."

Ribeiro started the game wearing a cage because of the mouth injury, but said he scrapped it because it wasn't comfortable. He went with the visor.

"I'd rather get hurt again in the mouth than be uncomfortable out there," Ribeiro said. "Once I took it off I was more comfortable out there to see the play."

After Saturday's game he was feeling the effects of a couple of rough games.

“It’s sore. This morning, my mouth was really sore, I didn’t take anything to help it. I don’t like to take (pain killers)," Ribeiro said. "I just wanted to come play and once you skate and once you’re out there, you don’t feel the pain. I knew that and I’m fine. It’s sore a little bit, but that’s part of the game. I'll get my rest."

Ribeiro's performance drew praise from his head coach.

“He had a knee-on-knee there in the second period and he had a brace and put it on and came back,” Stars coach Glen Gulutzan said. “Once I saw him do the spin-around in the corner, I knew he was going to be okay. He’s gutting it out for us. A big night for him, and four goals in the last two games, that helps us out tremendously."