When Mike Ribeiro gets his mind set on something, there are few better puckhandlers in the entire National Hockey League.
The Dallas Stars center proved that once again Thursday night. With the Stars tied 2-2 with the Calgary Flames and both teams in desperate need of points in the playoff race, Ribeiro pulled a new trick out of his seemingly endless bag of them.
He took a pass from Michael Ryder on the left wall, then twirled his stick around his body, creating space away from defenseman Scott Hannan, then brought the puck to the very top of the slot before channeling the spirit of the injured Sheldon Souray and ripping a slap shot through a Mark Giordano screen and into the upper corner past a screened (and very unhappy about it) Mikka Kiprusoff.
Steve Ott had this to say about it after the game:
"What a ridiculously awesome solo-effort by Ribs. I saw it and almost blacked out on the bench. Such a huge win. We needed these points."
And it's so, so much prettier than it sounds on paper. Watch it again and again and again...