NHL Game Summary - Dallas at Colorado
(Thursday, April 9th)
Final Score: Dallas 3, Colorado 2 (SO)
Denver, CO (Sports Network) - Mike Ribeiro scored the decisive goal in a wild shootout, as the Dallas Stars topped the Colorado Avalanche, 3-2, at the Pepsi Center.
In the shootout, Colorado's Wojtek Wolski went first and fooled Dallas goaltender Matt Climie out of his pads. Wolski skated to the left side of the crease, getting Climie to go in the same direction, but he left the puck on the right side and tapped it into an open net.
Fabian Brunnstrom beat Peter Budaj on a top-shelf backhander before Milan Hejduk, switching backhand-to-forehand several times, notched a goal with a backhander over Climie. Dallas' James Neal had his shot slowed down, but the puck rolled by Budaj into the net. A shooter was finally stopped, as Climie stuffed T.J. Hensick's attempt.
Ribeiro's dazzling attempt then won the game. He skated in with his back to the net and turned slightly, sending a pass between his legs. Ribeiro also put his stick between his legs and made a forehand shot, which Budaj initially stopped. But it bounced in the air and into the right side of the crease before rolling across the goal line, ending the contest.
"I've been trying that in practice," Ribeiro said. "It seems a lot more easy in practice than in shootouts. So, really lucky, hit a stick, (he) stayed in his net, didn't move much. I'll try to work better on it, and try to move the goalie a little bit better than I did tonight."
Budaj was somewhat skeptical of the winning shot after the loss:
"I don't want to say what he does, but he jokes around and does stuff like that," he said. "It's a lucky bounce. If he does that 20 times out of 20 he's not going to score many times because he made a bad shot and it just trickled in."
Steve Begin and Brunnstrom scored for Dallas, which was eliminated from playoff contention last weekend. Climie stopped 25 shots in the win, the Stars' second in three tries.
Chris Stewart and John-Michael Liles had the goals for Colorado, which has one win in its last 11 games. Budaj stopped 37 shots.
Stewart's power-play goal with 7:17 left in the second period got Colorado on the scoreboard, but Brunnstrom evened the game on the man advantage 2:09 into the third.
Begin gave the Stars the lead with 3:11 remaining in regulation on a tip-in from the slot, but the Avs evened the game less than a minute later. Liles took a shot from the left corner that bounced off Climie into the Stars' net.
Dallas was 1-for-2 on power plays, while Colorado went 1-for-5...The Stars close their season Friday at Anaheim...The Avalanche host Vancouver and St. Louis over the weekend to end their 2008-09 campaign.
04/10 03:05:45 ET