Stars take division lead…

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That is pretty much how the entire first half of the game looked, hits galore. Even little Chris Conner got into the action, reversing a few hits on him. I was a bit shocked they decided to scratch Brad Winchester with as physical games against the Sharks usually are.  The Stars looked rough during the first period, but they definitely readjusted and came out swinging the rest of the game, overcoming a 0-1 deficit to win the game 4-2. It didn’t help that the Stars took a lot of penalties in the first period either.

Scoring started during the Sharks power play when Morrow took 2 minutes for elbowing. Devin Setoguchi managed to get one past Turco from Joe Thornton and Craig Rivet. Brenden Morrow tied it up almost 5 minutes into the 2nd period with a wonky goal that began when the puck flew over the goal from behind the net (Ribeiro and Niskanen got assists.) But less than a minute later, a goal from Patrick Rissmiller (from Mike Grier and Torrey Mitchell) gave the Sharks their second lead of the game.

Mike Ribeiro tied it at 2 five-minutes later on a power play with a goal assisted by Morrow and Zubov. Yet again, for the 2nd game in a row, each person from the Stars top line managed to get a point when Antti Miettinen deflected a shot from Mike Modano to give the Stars their first lead of the game, Zubov got an assist on the goal as well. Steve Ott sealed the deal with an empty net goal in the last minute of the 3rd period.

All in all, the Stars played a fantastic game and totally deserved those 2 points. The three stars of the night were Patrick Rissmiller (with a goal), Brenden Morrow (with a goal and an assist) and Ribeiro taking the top spot, yet again, with a goal and an assist.

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4 Responses to “Stars take division lead…”

  1. Patty (in Dallas) Says:

    Great recap! That was a great game. Even though the Stars started out on the receiving end of a lot of the physical play, they didn’t let it wear them down and they eventually took over.

    That Ribeiro line is really rocking. Even when they’re separated and playing on the specialty teams, they still score, eh?

  2. Jen Says:

    I’m loving the Ribs line sooooo much. Especially now that Mittens is on it. SO awesome!

  3. Cat Says:

    I’m so happy that Miettinen is proving all those damn naysayers wrong.

  4. Jen Says:

    I know.
    Hopefully now the misstheneninen stop.

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