Well that wasn't a memorable day in Dallas Stars land at all.
The trade of a good if slightly redundant defenseman, a scary injury involving the team's All-Star and maybe the prettiest game-winning goal we've seen this season.
Nah, not much went on Thursday.
The day was obviously highlighted by Mike Ribeiro making it onto all the highlight reels of the week and month. He was the No. 2 play on ESPN SportsCenter's Top 10 play (behind a kid who broke the glass during a dunk, but what can you do?) and was all over the hockey media with his behind-the-back waltz to the high slot.
"That’s just the way he lives, greasy Ribeiro. That was unbelievable, what an unbelievable individual effort by him," Stars forward Steve Ott said of Ribeiro’s goal. "That was just phenomenal. I'm still in awe. I thought I blacked out on the bench."
Greasy is such a good adjective for the guy, especially now that he sports the toothless grin of a guy who blocked a shot with his face.
- Kind of lost in all the drama is the fact that the Stars not only got two desperately needed points, they also presented a compelling game to a fanbase that is viewing them with a lot of cynicism at the moment, as Mike Heika details in this paywalled gamer. [DallasNews.com]
- The star of the night was obviously Ribeiro and his sweet, saucy, sexy little overtime winner. And Razor, as per usual, called the hell out of it. [Puck Daddy]
- If you wanted a good look at how Jamie Benn's leg got all cut up by a skate, there's a video embedded in this story. Plus there's a bonus shot at the Montreal Canadiens fans who are still so very, very bitter about Ribeiro. [Backhand Shelf]
- The Flames, meanwhile, are also on the hunt for a playoff berth, and the single point they picked up because of Mike Cammalleri's late goal are pretty critical to that end. [Calgary Sun]
- With injuries to many of their top forwards, the Flames are leaning quite heavily on forwards like Cammalleri, Alex Tanguay, Jarome Iginla and Olli Jokinen, and that didn't change at all on Thursday night. [Calgary Herald]
- Now, on to the other big news of Thursday - Nicklas Grossman being traded to the Philadelphia Flyers for a pair of draft picks. The Flyers have been looking for someone to fill the void left by Chris Pronger, at least to a certain degree, and they hope Grossman is that guy. [CSN Chicago]
- Some people think the price the Flyers paid really isn't all that high, especially since neither of the picks were originally Philly's. [Puck Daddy]
- Apparently, the Stars had also been trying to work out a deal with the Chicago Blackhawks for Grossman, but the Hawks wouldn't let go of young winger Brandon Saad. [ESPN Chicago]
- Stars general manager Joe Nieuwendyk, meanwhile, says trading Grossman doesn't indicate the Stars will be "sellers" at the deadline. [DallasNews.com]
- The Stars might not have beat the Detroit Red Wings, but they apparently beat up one of their players. Henrik Zetterberg will spend at least one game in the press box with a lower-body injury. [NHL.com]
- Meet the enemy, on the ice: A game involving two teams in the race for the Western Conference playoffs? What now? Yes, the Los Angeles Kings were back up to their old no-offense tricks as they were beat (and sometimes beat up) by the streaking Phoenix Coyotes in a 1-0 loss. [Los Angeles Daily News]
- Meet the enemy, off the ice: Those Coyotes might finally, at long last, have an owner? I'll believe it when I see it, but there are rumblings it could happen as soon as next week. [Arizona Republic]
- Around the Pacific Division, the other game: The San Jose Sharks are working on making up for all the offense the Kings lack, but it wasn't quite enough in a 6-5 overtime loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning. [San Jose Mercury News]
- Around the Pacific Division, the trade: The Sharks also made a trade with those very Lightning, picking up Dominic Moore and a seventh-round draft pick for a second-round pick. It was one of those fun trades where all he had to do was switch locker rooms. [Tampa Bay Times]
- Other scoreboard watching: The Chicago Blackhawks finally decided they'd had enough of their losing bit and pulled out a 4-2 win over the New York Rangers. And the Minnesota Wild scored three whole goals but needed one more in a 4-3 shootout loss to the Winnipeg Jets. [Chicago Tribune/stuff]
- Since rumors of who the Stars should trade are still flying around and several of those players have no-trade clauses, here's a handy quiz for those players to know when to waive them. [Down Goes Brown]
- If you didn't get enough of Ribeiro's wicked game winner from last night, here it is again in all its glory. As a bonus, this is the Flames feed, and apparently their color guy had been talking all night about how Ribeiro was a great passer but didn't have much of a shot. That prediction worked out well for him. Also, there's a great look at really excited Trevor Daley and his noogies.