Los Angeles Hockey: Mike Ribeiro

Shutout streaks ends but Kings win, 5-3

October, 27, 2011
10/27/11
9:06
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Jonathan QuickRonald Martinez/Getty ImagesJonathan Quick's shutout streak ended at 202 minutes 11 seconds, but the Kings beat the Stars.
Kings 5, Dallas Stars 3

Eight keys to the game:

THE FACTS: One streak ended Thursday night but another began. The Kings rebounded from a poor effort two days earlier against visiting New Jersey and won at American Airlines Center in Dallas, running their record against the Stars to 17-2-2 since Jan. 12, 2008.

THE STAT: Kings goalie Jonathan Quick gave up his first goal in four games, ending his franchise-record shutout streak at 202 minutes 11 seconds. Quick hadn’t given up an even-strength goal in 16-plus periods before Michael Ryder scored seven seconds after Scott Parse left the penalty box in the third period to cut the deficit to 3-2. The Stars added another even-strength goal later in the third to tie the score, 3-3, but Kings rookie defenseman Slava Voynov scored his second goal of the game with 6:52 remaining and that held up as the game winner.

TURNING POINT: The Kings scored three unanswered goals in the second period to take a 3-1 lead. After tying the score, 1-1, on a goal by Justin Williams in the opening minutes of the period, Parse intercepted a pass from Mike Ribeiro in the offensive zone. The puck made its way to Dustin Brown, who shot wide but the loose puck was scooped in by Mike Richards who passed back to Parse for the tap in. Parse, who had been a healthy scratch the last six games and seemed to holding onto his roster spot by a thread, also drew a penalty to set up the third goal by the Kings.

HOT: Heading into the game, it was believed Voynov was making his last NHL appearance for a while, as Drew Doughty is ready to return from injury. Voynov helped his cause in a big way, scoring two goals and contributing an assist for his first NHL points. Voynov’s slap shot early in the first period was stopped by Dallas goalkeeper Kari Lehtonen but the rebound came out to Williams who tucked it back in the net. Voynov scored the third goal, taking a pass from Brown as he crashed the net on a power play and shooting it past Lehtonen. He later buried a slap shot from the top of the right faceoff circle for the winner.

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Ducks: Perry's 47th goal gives Anaheim some hope

April, 3, 2011
4/03/11
7:10
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After the 2nd period:

Dallas Stars 4, Ducks 3

The good: The best players usually step up at the most important times. Corey Perry came up with a huge short-handed goal with 1:17 left in the period to draw the Ducks back within a point in this ultra-important game. A regulation victory and the Ducks, Kings and Phoenix Coyotes clinch playoffs berths in the Western Conference. The Stars were on their fourth power play of the period and sixth of the game when Perry stole the puck from Jamie Langenbrunner at the red line, raced down left side and flicked a nice little backhand just over the right shoulder of goalie Kari Lehtonen for his league-leading 47th goal of the season. It was also the fourth short-handed goal of the season for Perry, setting a club record. Ducks goalkeeper Ray Emery has stopped just 21 of 25 shots but he has been faced with a barrage of power plays and spent considerable time tracking the puck in his own end.

The bad: With the score still tied, 2-2, the Ducks had a 5-on-3 power play for 1:20 but couldn’t cash in. Dallas took a 3-2 lead about seven minutes into the period after cycling the puck down low until Brenden Morrow got open in the slot. He took a pass from Langenbrunner and sent a blast past the glove side of Emery. The Ducks then committed four consecutive penalties. The Ducks killed the first two but the Stars went on a 19-second 5-on-3 after Toni Lydman was called for high-sticking. The Ducks wiped out the two-man advantage but Dallas scored five seconds later when Mike Ribeiro used his chest to stop a centering pass from Brad Richards, ala David Beckham. The puck fell at his feet and he poked it into the net for a 4-2 lead.

The in between: The Chicago Blackhawks lost to Tampa Bay, 2-0, earlier Sunday, so the Ducks will still be in seventh place in the Western Conference at the end of the night, regardless of how this game turns out. Unfortunately, if they can’t come back, they’ll be that much closer to ninth.

Ducks: Visnovsky's goal ties score, 2-2

April, 3, 2011
4/03/11
6:11
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After the 1st period:

Ducks 2, Dallas Stars 2

The good: The Ducks are just happy defenseman Lubomir Visnovsky is playing in his 700th career game, especially one that could clinch the team a playoff berth with a regulation victory (and the Kings too!). After taking a hard check from Sharks defenseman Douglas Murray during the third period of a 4-2 loss the night before in San Jose, Visnovsky looked like he might be out a while as he headed to the locker room with his right arm held tightly against his body. But he’s not only in the lineup against the Stars, he tied the score with 1 minute 19 seconds left in the period on a tough-angle shot. The Ducks needed to halt the Stars’ momentum after they scored two goals seven minutes apart to take a 2-1 lead. Ryan Getzlaf scored the game’s first goal, just 15 seconds after passed on a glorious scoring opportunity by holding the puck too long and getting smothered by a Dallas defender. Corey Perry carried the puck across the blue line on a 3-on-1, centered to Bobby Ryan who slid a beautiful behind-the-back pass to Getzlaf on his left. Getzlaf had nothing but net and he was on target for his 19th goal of the season and first in the last seven games.

The bad: Less than three minutes after taking the one-goal lead, Calgary defenseman Jeff Woywitka, who came into the game with seven goals in 246 NHL games, sent a wrist shot past Ducks goalie Ray Emery from about 50 feet away. The puck beat Emery on his glove side, ricocheted off the goal post, off the back of the net and back in front of Emery. It happened so fast the referees did a cursory review but the goal was clearly good. The Stars then overwhelmed the Ducks in their defensive zone with about three minutes left in the period. Brenden Morrow missed on a wrist shot but Woywitka recovered, got it back to Morrow who this time slid it over to Mike Ribeiro who hit the open net.

The in between: The Ducks took one shot on goal the first 7 minutes, then went eight minutes without another after taking the 1-0 lead. They made up for it in the last 4 minutes, however, taking seven shots on net, including Visnovsky’s tying goal. The Ducks killed both power plays in the period but have yet to go on the man advantage.

Kings: Kopitar's assist ties him for 12th on team's all-time points list

March, 7, 2011
3/07/11
9:24
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After the 2nd period:

King 2, Dallas Stars 1

The good: The Anze Kopitar-Dustin Penner-Justin Williams line strikes again. This time it started with Kopitar winning a face off in the Kings’ defensive zone. The puck came to Penner who quickly fed it to Williams who had open ice in front of him. Williams let go of a shot behind his own blue line. Dallas goalie Kari Lehtonen stopped the relatively simple shot but didn’t control the rebound and it came out long. Williams used his speed to beat defenseman Jeff Woywitka to the puck. Lehtonen saved the second shot but Williams again got the rebound and this time tucked it into the net for a 2-1 lead 7:22 into the period. Kopitar got his second assist of the game, tying him for 12thon the all-time Kings’ point list, and Penner earned his first as a member of the Kings.

The bad: The Kings were on the power play the first 2:45 of the period and were still out-shot by the Stars, 2-0. The Kings went right back on the power play 15 seconds later and failed to score again. That seemed to give the Stars a boost as they scored less than two minutes later to tie the score, 1-1. Alex Goligoski brought the puck up ice, passed to his right to Adam Burish, who passed to his right to Mike Ribeiro, who scored on the Stars’ eighth shot of the game. Ribeiro was probably relieved to get the puck by goalie Jonathan Bernier after getting robbed of a sure goal in the first period.

The in between: Dallas has just 12 shots on goal but the Stars are right in this game. The Kings need a win in regulation to overtake them for seventh in the Western Conference standings.

Kings: Mitchell gives L.A. a 1-0 lead

March, 7, 2011
3/07/11
8:43
PM PT
After the first period:

Kings 1, Dallas Stars 0

The good: Great shift by the Anze Kopitar, Dustin Penner and Justin Williams line led to the first goal just after the Kings killed a Dallas penalty. The trio helped keep the puck in the Dallas zone for nearly a minute before defenseman Willie Mitchell got off a slap shot that eluded Stars goalie Kari Lehtonen. Mitchell is playing with a mean-looking black eye after getting hit with the puck last week against Phoenix. Williams got an assist on the play for his 400th career point. With leading scorer Brad Richards still sidelined with a concussion, the Stars managed just four shots on goal in the period and didn’t get off their first until 9:15 had expired. On the second shot on goal, Kings goalie Jonathan Bernier made a spectacular glove save on Mike Ribeiro's shot while sprawled across the crease on his right side.

The bad: The Kings missed out on another power-play opportunity after Ryan Smyth took a high stick from by Brendan Morrow 3:15 into the game. They went 0-for-6 on the power play in their last game, a 3-1 loss Saturday against the visiting Vancouver Canucks.

The in between: The Kings will have the man-advantage for the first 2:45 of the second period after Dallas bad boy Steve Ott was given a five-minute major and game misconduct for spearing Kings enforcer-in-training Kyle Clifford. Ott and Greene had faced off when Clifford came up from behind Ott and wrapped both gloves around his face. As Ott was being pulled away by an official, he jabbed Clifford in the chest with the blade of his stick. You figured there would be some bad blood between the teams after what happened the last time Dallas played at Staples Center. Clifford appears to be a marked man the rest of the way after he laid a big hit on Jamie Benn in the neutral zone with 12 seconds left in the period.

Kings: Crawford lays into Stars after loss

October, 28, 2010
10/28/10
11:42
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Dallas coach Marc Crawford, who suffered through two losing seasons in Los Angeles from 2006 to '08, laid into his team Thursday night after the Kings beat the Stars, 5-2, at American Airlines Arena.

Here's the full rant on ESPNDallas.com but in a nutshell, he wasn't happy that the line of Brenden Morrow, Mike Ribeiro and Jamie Benn extended its shift longer than warranted in the second period, in an effort to build one more offensive attack.

Instead, they turned the puck over on a lazy pass, setting up a goal by Alexei Ponikarovsky that broke a 1-1 tie. Nine seconds later, the Kings scored again at that was essentially the game.

"You don't try to over-extend a shift you're 60 seconds into to try to get another offensive opportunity," he said. "You give the other team life. That's how you get beat."

Minnesota Vikings coach Brad Childress has been called out by members of the media for calling out quarterback Brett Favre following a loss to the Packers on Sunday night.

You wonder if Crawford also went too far.

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