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After coming off an extremely embarrassing 5-0 loss against the Devils Wednesday, the Stars knew something had to change. The team rallied together, lead by Mike Ribeiro, to get a well deserved win over the New York Islanders. Ribeiro had a career night in more ways than one, his assist on Loui Eriksson’s first 1st period goal was his 300th NHL point. Points 301, 302, 303 and 304 followed. It was also a career high for points in a game.
Loui Eriksson got the scoring started 3:30 into the first with a power play goal from Mike Ribeiro. Then 11 minutes later, Brenden Morrow netted one, Ribeiro getting the primary assist and Robidas getting the second. Loui Eriksson bookended Morrow by getting a goal with a little over a minute and a half left to play in the first period, Ribeiro getting the assist on that goal as well.
But last night wasn’t all about our team getting their scoring back. A little over a minute and a half into the second, Robidas had an unfortunate bump into a Islander and as the entire team went after Robidas, Avery came in to his defense. Both Robidas and Avery took 2 minute penalties, which put the Islanders on a full 2-minute 5-on-3 power play. This was going to be the big test to see if our team had finally picked up where they had left off last season, and they passed it with flying colors. During the penalty kill, Boucher took another penalty, which didn’t start until Robi and Avery’s 2 minutes were up, so that put the Islanders on a full 4 minute power play. The Stars held them off, quite well I might add. The team blocked a lot of shots, and the ones that got through, Marty Turco was there to stop them. Ex-Star Bill Guerin finally got the Islanders are on the board a little over 10 minutes into the period with a goal from Bergenheim and Streit. While Eriksson was getting his skate repaired, Barch stepped into his spot on the Morrow-Ribeiro line, and got the Stars up 4-1, with Morrow and Ribeiro getting the assists. And just 5 minutes later, while on the power play, Ribeiro finally got his first goal of the season and his 5th point of the night with a goal from Modano and Morrow.
Despite their greatest efforts, in the third period Streit and Sim scored to give the Islanders 2 more goals. The Sim goal was especially painful, coming with only 3 seconds left in the game. Overall, it was a well played game. Our top line WAS our top line, everyone sacrificed their bodies to make plays. That is Stars hockey and dear God please let it be here to stay.
Three Stars of the game
Mike Ribeiro (1 goal, 5 points)
Loui Eriksson (2 goals)
Brenden Morrow (1 goal, 3 points)