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Ribeiro's hat trick helps Stars jolt Panthers

Jan 22, 2009 - 5:12 AM By Rick Menning PA SportsTicker Contributing Writer

SUNRISE, Florida (Ticker) -- Mike Ribeiro figured out a way to defeat the Florida Panthers in regulation.

Ribeiro recorded his first career hat trick Wednesday as the Dallas Stars posted a 4-1 triumph over the Panthers.

Mike Modano netted a power-play goal and Marty Turco turned aside 27 shots for Dallas, which improved to 3-1-1 in its last five games.

"I'll take it. It feels good after almost 10 years," Ribeiro said of his first three-goal performance in nine seasons. "The two points for the team means a lot more, though."

Defenseman Karlis Skrastins opened the scoring and Tomas Vokoun made 21 saves for Florida, which suffered its first regulation loss this month (5-1-3).

"We didn't do much offensively at all tonight," Panthers center Stephen Weiss said. "They did to us what we wanted to do to them. Flat is a pretty good word for how we played."

After Skrastins gave the Panthers a 1-0 lead midway through the first period, the Stars responded with a pair of tallies in the second, including Ribeiro's first goal with 32 seconds remaining in the session.

"He worked hard for his opportunities tonight," Dallas coach Dave Tippett said of Ribeiro. "When he goes to the net and creates plays like he did tonight, he's as solid as anyone."

Ribeiro beat Vokoun again from in close just 3:45 into the third and capped his hat trick with an empty-netter with 26 seconds remaining, sealing the win.

"You want to keep pushing to the net. It's up to you to create your chances," Ribeiro said. "I don't know if it was meant to be, but one last (time), the puck just wound up on my stick."

Modano leveled the contest at 1-1 when he beat Vokoun after receiving a cross-ice pass from Brad Richards at 12:33 of the second period. It was Modano's 14th goal of the season and 10th in 19 career games against the Panthers.

"The last 40 minutes, we were really strong," Modano said. "Everybody was coming to the puck hard and supporting each other in the zone."

Ribeiro gave the Stars the lead for good late in the middle session by directing the puck into a vacant net after Vokoun made a save on rookie James Neal.

"It's nice to have some momentum heading into the (All-Star) break," Tippett said. "It was a tale of two games. We rectified some things after the first (period) and really took charge of the game."

Florida coach Peter DeBoer credited Dallas for increasing the intensity in both the second and third periods.

"They raised their level a notch, and we didn't go with them. It didn't seem like we had a lot of gas in the tank tonight," DeBoer said. "We really played well in the first (period). To their credit, they came out and responded in the second, and we didn't have anything to go with them."

Florida came out aggressive and jumped ahead with 7:19 remaining in the first period as Skrastins gathered a rebound and backhanded the puck past Turco for his third tally of the season.

"Obviously, you want to go into the break with a win, but it's not the end of the world," Panthers defenseman Bryan McCabe said. "We've got a lot of hockey to go, so we can't get too down."






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    Stars 4, Panthers 1  FinalJan 24 1:46 AM


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    FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    DALLAS 0 2 2 4
    FLORIDA 1 0 0 1 FINAL
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: FLA - KARLIS SKRASTINS 3 (KAMIL KREPS, ANTHONY STEWART)
    12:41
    2ND PRD: DAL - (PP) MIKE MODANO 14 (BRAD RICHARDS, LOUI ERIKSSON)
    12:33
    DAL - MIKE RIBEIRO 9 (JAMES NEAL, MATT NISKANEN) 19:28
    3RD PRD: DAL - MIKE RIBEIR

    Jan 21 10:02 PM


  • NHL
    DALLAS 4
    FLORIDA 1
    3RD PRD: DAL - (EN) MIKE RIBEIRO 11 (UNASSISTED) 19:34

    Stars 4, Panthers 1  3rd - 0:26Jan 21 10:01 PM
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    Stars 3, Panthers 1  3rd - 16:15Jan 21 9:43 PM


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    DALLAS 3
    FLORIDA 1
    3RD PRD: DAL - MIKE RIBEIRO 10 (STEVE OTT, JERE LEHTINEN) 3:45

    Stars 3, Panthers 1  3rd - 16:15Jan 21 9:31 PM


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    END OF THE 2ND 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    DALLAS 0 2 2
    FLORIDA 1 0 1 END OF THE 2ND
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: FLA - KARLIS SKRASTINS 3 (KAMIL KREPS, ANTHONY STEWART)
    12:41
    2ND PRD: DAL - (PP) MIKE MODANO 14 (BRAD RICHARDS, LOUI ERIKSSON)
    12:33
    DAL - MIKE RIBEIRO 9 (JAMES NEAL, MATT NISKANEN) 19:28
    SHOTS ON GOAL

    Jan 21 9:07 PM


  • NHL
    DALLAS 2
    FLORIDA 1
    2ND PRD: DAL - MIKE RIBEIRO 9 (JAMES NEAL, MATT NISKANEN) 19:28

    Stars 2, Panthers 1  2nd - 0:32Jan 21 9:06 PM


  • NHL
    DALLAS 1
    FLORIDA 1
    2ND PRD: DAL - (PP) MIKE MODANO 14 (BRAD RICHARDS, LOUI ERIKSSON)
    12:33

    Stars 1, Panthers 1  2nd - 7:27Jan 21 8:54 PM


  • NHL
    END OF THE 1ST 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    DALLAS 0 0
    FLORIDA 1 1 END OF THE 1ST
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: FLA - KARLIS SKRASTINS 3 (KAMIL KREPS, ANTHONY STEWART)
    12:41
    SHOTS ON GOAL: 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    DAL 5 5
    FLA 10 10
    GOALIES: DAL - MARTY TURC

    Jan 21 8:12 PM


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    DALLAS 0
    FLORIDA 1
    1ST PRD: FLA - KARLIS SKRASTINS 3 (KAMIL KREPS, ANTHONY STEWART) 12:41

    Stars 0, Panthers 1  1st - 7:19Jan 21 8:00 PM