Maybe Jaroslov Modry had the right idea when he pushed the net onto Jean-Sebastien Aubin, the Kings net minder. It might have prevented the horribleness that was this game for the L.A. Kings, who lost 4-1. Dallas pretty much owned the game thanks to the greatness that is the Stars top-scoring line.
First off, they honored Sergei Zubov before the game on his 600th assist. Now, was it just me or did he look totally uncomfortable? Not only during the ceremony, but also during the first intermission interview.
Antti Miettinen had a record night, tallying 1 goal and 2 assists for 3 points, which puts him at a 4-game point streak. He really seems to have great chemistry with the Ribeiro-Morrow line while Lehtinen is away. Ribeiro gave him what I think is one of the best compliments he could receive.
“(Miettinen) can play both sides,” Ribeiro said. “He’s a great forechecker. He’s good with the puck. He can get creative. He makes me think of a young (Lehtinen).
Brenden Morrow managed to tally a goal and an assist in the game. He also received a 2-minute minor for tripping. What a trifecta.
Then that leaves us with Ribeiro, who blessed the TV viewing audience with his awesome shoulder dancing. His 2 goals and 2 assists shot him to the top of the pack, he now leads the Stars in points with 31 (Morrow and Zubov are tied for 2nd with 30.)
Despite looking uncomfortable even a bit after the ceremony due to all the what seemed to be unwanted attention, Zubov was amazing as always getting 2 assists on the night. He still keeps the title of highest scoring defensivemen in the league, since Detroit Red Wings’ Nicklas Lidstrom had no points in tonights game against Edmonton (which Detroit lost btw, good job Oilers. Never thought I’d say that.) Mike Modano also contributed with an assist on the 2nd period power play goal from Ribeiro. Turco did his part as always, stopping 27 of 28 shots. Well done Turco, well done. The Stars were also 100% on the Power Play tonight. Good job guys.
The three stars of the night were all Stars, as they should have been. Third was Morrow, though I think it should have been Turco with all the sweet saves he made. (Though Morrow did play amazing as well.) Miettinen came up second (2 games in a row, good job Miettinen!), and Ribeiro took the number one spot.
All in all, tonight was a great and fun game to watch. Stars travel tomorrow to San Jose to take on the Sharks in the Shark Tank Saturday afternoon.