Ribeiro too much for Islanders

By Doug Mittler
PA SportsTicker Contributing Writer

UNIONDALE, New York (Ticker) — Mike Ribeiro lent more than a
helping hand as the Dallas Stars put the memory of an ugly loss
behind them.

Ribeiro recorded four assists as part of a career-high
five-point performance and Loui Eriksson scored twice as the
Stars concluded a three-game road trip with a 5-3 victory over
the New York Islanders on Thursday night.

Captain Brenden Morrow added a goal and two assists while Krys
Barch also scored for Dallas, which rebounded impressively from
a 5-0 loss at New Jersey a day earlier.

“We got off to a good start tonight,” Ribeiro said. “We were
more physical and our special teams were great.”

Marty Turco, who was pulled in Wednesday’s loss, made 24 saves
for the Stars. He was helped by a pair of shots that hit the
goalpost in the second period.

“I think the big key as to why we were better tonight than we
were last night was that Marty made some big saves early in the
game,” Morrow said. “They came out with some pressure and he
made some key saves early, and that gave us confidence.”

Captain Bill Guerin, defenseman Mark Streit and Jon Sim tallied
for the Islanders, who have lost three of four. Streit also
notched two assists.

Dallas, which opened its trek with a 2-1 win over the New York
Rangers on Monday, coasted in this one at the expense of Rick
DiPietro, who stopped just 24 of 29 shots. The franchise
goaltender made just his second start of the season and first at
Nassau Coliseum after sitting out the first four contests with a
knee injury.

“I’d be picky if I was saying it was his fault,” Islanders coach
Scott Gordon said of DiPietro.

Ribeiro notched three of his assists in the first period, two on
perfectly placed passes. He added another, as well as his first
goal of the season, in the middle period.

The four assists were one short of the club record, which was
reached three times, most recently by Brad Richards on February
28 against Chicago. Ribeiro had notched four points on four
previous occasions.

“I created a few chances (early in the season). I was playing
one good game and then two bad ones,” Ribeiro said. “(My line
wasn’t) doing much in the beginning. Tonight, I think we worked
well together. Earlier, I think I was overdoing it, trying to
do too much.”

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Islanders defenseman Chris Campoli made his season debut after
spending time on injured reserve with a shoulder injury suffered
during a preseason game. New York, however, may have lost
another blue-liner as Brendan Witt left in the first period with
what the team termed a “lower body” injury.

Stars agitator Sean Avery goaded Islanders rookie Kyle Okposo
into a roughing penalty two minutes into the game, and Dallas
capitalized on the ensuing power play as Ribeiro slapped a pass
from the top of the right faceoff circle to Eriksson, who
redirected the puck past DiPietro from the doorstep at 3:30 for
a 1-0 lead.

Later in the first, Turco stopped Richard Park on a partial
breakaway, and the Stars scored less than minute afterward.
Ribeiro skated down the right wing and put a cross-ice pass on
the stick of Morrow, who recorded his third goal of the season
with 5:47 remaining.

Just over four minutes later, Ribeiro intercepted a pass and fed
Eriksson for his second of the night, giving the Stars a 3-0

“I played with (Ribeiro and Morrow) a little bit last year and
we played really good,” Eriksson said. “It was good to score
two goals.”

Turco got some help early in the second, when a pair of shots
hit the right post seconds apart with the Islanders on a two-man
advantage. After Trent Hunter’s blast struck iron, Doug
Weight’s shot off the rebound deflected off Turco’s stick before
again hitting the post.

The Stars also dodged a few bullets as the puck was cleared away
from the goal line on several occasions.

“It could have been different if we had scored on our 5-on-3,”
Guerin said. “Those were two pucks laying right on the line.”

Guerin finally broke through at 10:16 with his second goal of
the season, but the Stars quickly regained their three-goal
cushion when Barch redirected a shot from Morrow past DiPietro
less than three minutes later.

Ribeiro made it 5-1 with 93 seconds to go in the period,
converting a cross-slot pass from Mike Modano during a power

Streit scored a man-advantage goal 3:28 into the third and set
up Sim’s tally with three seconds left in the game.