Games 61 And 62 Scoring Chances: Ribeiro Line Taking Over

Feb 24, 2012; Dallas, TX, USA; Dallas Stars center Vernon Fiddler (38) and center Tomas Vincour (81) congratulates goalie Kari Lehtonen (32) after their win over the Minnesota Wild at the American Airlines Center. The Stars defeated the Wild 4-1. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-US PRESSWIRE

The Dallas Stars are streaking. Finally. The Stars have desperately needed a winning streak for a while now. They've needed to find a consistent energy level. They've had to fight through injuries. Despite all of the struggles they've faced the Stars appear to have found a level of consistency. They're out working opponents on a nightly basis. The fruits of their efforts are showing up in the scoring chance, shot, and win totals lately.

They've put this winning streak together without Jamie Benn. They beat a bad team in Montreal, but the other three wins are quality for a team fighting for the last playoff spot. The most recent two of those wins are the focus of this post. The Stars 4-1 win over the Minnesota Wild and 3-2 OT win over the Vancouver Canucks were playoff caliber efforts. The Stars outchanced both teams at even strength to keep their roll going. The details of each game can be found after the jump.

The Stars hosted the Wild in a fight for two crucial points on Friday. They came into the game on a two game winning streak after knocking off the Blackhawks the night before. The Wild were without star center Mikko Koivu, and prior to the game they shipped Marek Zidlicky to the Devils. The Stars were set up for a win. All they had to do was take advantage, and they did. The Stars outchanced the Wild at even strength in every period.

Period Totals EV PP 5v3 PP SH 5v3 SH
1 6 5 6 3 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0
2 4 5 4 2 0 1 0 0 0 2 0 0
3 4 4 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 2 0 2
4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Totals 14 14 12 5 0 1 0 0 2 6 0 2

The total chances for the game were 14 a piece, but the Wild had a 7-2 advantage on special teams. That isn't because the Stars special teams were poor though. They, as has been well documented on the broadcast, haven't been getting on the power play much lately. In about eight minutes short handed they only allowed the Wild to generate six chances with the extra man while they generated two shorthanded chances. You can't complain about that at all.

# Player EV PP SH
3 S. ROBIDAS 17:22 7 1 1:48 0 1 5:16 1 5
6 T. DALEY 15:22 1 1 1:31 0 0 3:06 0 0
28 M. FISTRIC 15:03 2 1 0:00 0 0 3:25 1 2
33 A. GOLIGOSKI 19:27 5 2 1:48 0 1 1:50 1 1
36 P. LARSEN 10:47 4 3 1:31 0 0 0:14 0 0
44 S. SOURAY 14:55 5 2 0:00 0 0 5:15 1 4
16 A. BURISH 9:54 2 1 1:31 0 0 3:38 0 1
17 T. PETERSEN 8:06 2 1 0:00 0 0 0:00 0 0
20 R. DVORAK 11:25 3 1 0:00 0 0 3:47 2 4
21 L. ERIKSSON 14:56 5 2 1:48 0 1 1:43 0 1
23 T. WANDELL 11:08 1 1 1:31 0 0 0:00 0 0
24 E. NYSTROM 12:22 3 1 0:00 0 0 3:33 0 1
29 S. OTT 11:53 2 2 1:31 0 0 1:24 0 1
38 V. FIDDLER 10:56 3 1 0:00 0 0 3:52 2 4
40 R. GARBUTT 8:13 2 1 0:00 0 0 0:00 0 0
63 M. RIBEIRO 15:06 6 1 1:48 0 1 0:49 0 0
73 M. RYDER 15:20 5 1 1:48 0 1 0:20 0 0
81 T. VINCOUR 8:34 2 1 0:00 0 0 0:00 0 0

No Dallas Stars was negative in the scoring chance column. Stephane Robidas, in 17 even strength minutes, was +6 chances. Mike Ribeiro led the forwards with a +5 in 16 even strength minutes. Michael Ryder came in with a strong +4. Alex Goligoski, Sheldon Souray, and Loui Eriksson were all +3 to push the Stars to victory.

The Stars final game before the trade deadline presented them with a daunting challenge. They were faced with the challenge of beating the number one team in the NHL without their best player on the ice. Remarkably the Stars hung tough again, ultimately pushing their win streak to four games. The Stars managed to outchanced the Canucks 19-13 in the matinee.

Period Totals EV PP 5v3 PP SH 5v3 SH
1 5 4 2 4 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2 3 6 1 3 2 2 0 0 0 1 0 0
3 7 2 7 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0
4 4 1 4 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Totals 19 13 14 9 5 2 0 0 0 2 0 0

The Stars dug themselves a 2-0 hole, but managed to climb out of it with sheer will power. The Canucks were outchancing the Stars 9-7 when Ryder scored to cut the deficit to 2-1. Over the remainder of the game the Stars would outchance the Canucks 12-4 including overtime. Some of that is due to score effects. When a team is losing they will generally be expected to outchance their opposition as the game nears completion, but this was more than just score effects. The Stars dominated the Canucks in the overtime period too. They knew they needed the points and confidently took the attack to the Canucks.

# Player EV PP SH
3 S. ROBIDAS 19:19 4 2 2:37 4 1 1:18 0 0
6 T. DALEY 19:17 5 6 0:40 1 0 2:14 0 1
28 M. FISTRIC 14:35 3 4 0:00 0 0 2:07 0 1
33 A. GOLIGOSKI 20:14 6 2 2:47 4 2 0:28 0 1
36 P. LARSEN 20:01 5 2 0:39 1 0 0:07 0 0
44 S. SOURAY 19:36 5 2 0:11 0 1 1:46 0 1
16 A. BURISH 11:58 0 3 0:39 1 0 0:35 0 1
17 T. PETERSEN 7:59 3 1 0:00 0 0 0:00 0 0
20 R. DVORAK 15:03 3 2 0:00 0 0 1:23 0 1
21 L. ERIKSSON 18:58 7 3 2:48 4 2 1:55 0 0
23 T. WANDELL 10:16 2 3 0:39 1 0 0:00 0 0
24 E. NYSTROM 15:01 2 2 0:00 0 0 0:07 0 0
29 S. OTT 13:05 2 4 0:39 1 0 2:30 0 1
38 V. FIDDLER 15:19 3 2 0:00 0 0 1:23 0 1
40 R. GARBUTT 9:50 2 1 0:00 0 0 0:00 0 0
63 M. RIBEIRO 20:25 6 2 2:48 4 2 0:07 0 0
73 M. RYDER 20:06 6 2 2:48 4 2 0:00 0 0
81 T. VINCOUR 7:35 3 1 0:00 0 0 0:00 0 0

The Stars top players were once again Ribeiro, Ryder, Eriksson, and Goligoski. All four were +4 chances at even strength. Philip Larsen and Sheldon Souray were +3 chances. The only negatives were Trevor Daley, Mark Fistric, and the line of Adam Burish, Steve Ott, and Tom Wandell. We'll get into what they've been doing lately tomorrow, but that trio was roughly -2 chances at even strength.

Life doesn't get any easier for your Dallas Stars. They host the Penguins tomorrow night in James Neal's return to Dallas. (It won't be billed as James Neal's return to Dallas by anyone outside of Dallas I imagine, but I look forward to seeing him again.) The Stars need to keep the points coming, and lately they've been able to play with anyone. Jamie Benn will be back on the ice after recovering from his stab wound, and the Stars will need him as much as they've needed him at any point in his young career. Now is his first time to shine. The Stars are going to need him to assert himself in a big way over the next six weeks to make the playoffs. Lighting up the Penguins would be a good start.


X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

Join Defending Big D

You must be a member of Defending Big D to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Defending Big D. You should read them.

Join Defending Big D

You must be a member of Defending Big D to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Defending Big D. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_9355_tracker