NHL Game Summary - Dallas at NY Islanders
(Saturday, October 9th)
Final Score: Dallas 5, NY Islanders 4 (SO)
Uniondale, NY (Sports Network) - Mike Ribeiro scored the game-winner in the third round of the shootout, as the Dallas Stars snuck past the New York Islanders, 5-4, at Nassau Coliseum.
Ribeiro, who had two assists, pretended as if he was going to the right before moving the puck to the left at the last minute. He was able to chip the puck into an empty half of the net to give the Stars their second win in as many nights. The goal came after the Isles' Matt Moulson missed the net on his attempt.
Brenden Morrow had two goals for Dallas, which got one goal apiece from Stephane Robidas and Jamie Benn. Kari Lehtonen made 43 saves for the victors.
"To come out of the two games here in the New York area and get four points, it's really huge," Stars head coach Marc Crawford said.
Doug Weight had a goal and two assists for the Islanders, who posted a 34-37-11 record last season. James Wisniewski finished with a goal and an assist for New York, which also got goals from Moulson and Blake Comeau.
Rick DiPietro, who has played just 13 games over the past two seasons due to injuries, turned aside 18-of-22 shots.
The Islanders lost forward John Tavares to a mild concussion in the first period. He will be re-evaluated on Monday.
"We've challenged our specialty teams coming into this year. They were better today. We had a couple shots have eyes," Weight said. "Anytime you get 45 to 50 shots, you're doing some good things. That's a team that's disciplined, and they've got a lot of talent and they made us pay, but we showed a lot of character in coming back."
Trailing 4-2, Comeau lit the lamp at the 8:45 mark of the third to make it a one-goal game. Comeau's one-timer from the point beat Lehtonen, who was without his stick due to a scramble in front moments before.
New York went on the power play with 3:43 remaining due to Robidas' delay of game penalty. Frans Nielsen fired a shot from the slot that Lehtonen failed to fully control. Moulson found the loose puck and his backhander made it a 4-4 game at the 17:21 mark.
Robidas was whistled for the same penalty 32 seconds after Moulson's goal. The Islanders failed to do anything on the power play this time around, sending the game into overtime. Each goaltender made one save during a scoreless OT period.
Benn put the Stars on the board with a power-play goal at the 9:52 mark of the first period. Brad Richards' slap shot from the point set up a rebound in front for Benn.
Robidas gave Dallas a 2-0 lead just over two minutes later. Richards slid a pass to the point for Robidas, who completed the play with a one-timer.
Wisniewski's power-play goal got the Islanders on the board at the 6:21 mark of the second stanza. Weight got the assist for setting up Wisniewski's one- timer from the left point.
Morrow lit the lamp at the 13:45 mark to put the Stars ahead by two goals again. Ribeiro collected the puck at center ice and skated down the left side of the ice. He then slid a perfect cross-ice pass to Morrow, whose snap shot beat DiPietro.
New York was able to score before intermission to cut the deficit to 3-2. Weight's wrister from the right circle deflected off a Dallas player and snuck past Lehtonen with 4:36 left.
Morrow's second goal of the night gave Dallas a 4-2 lead at the 7:12 mark of the third period. Ribeiro's shot from along the right boards deflected off the stick of Morrow and past DiPietro.
New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan dropped the ceremonial first puck...Islanders 2010 first round draft pick Nino Niederreiter became the youngest player in Islanders history Saturday night at 18 years and 31 days old. He is 74 days younger than the next youngest Islanders player in history, David Chyzowski, who was 18 years and 105 days old when he debuted on October 5, 1989 in Minnesota against the North Stars. Niederreiter also became the youngest player to play in the NHL since Jordan Staal debuted for Pittsburgh on October 5, 2006 at 18 years, 25 days old...The Stars have won four straight games against the Islanders...This was only the third time in franchise history that the Stars have opened their season by playing on back-to-back nights. They started on consecutive nights during the 1999-2000 season and the 1976-1977 season.
10/10 02:15:51 ET