Ribeiro too much for Islanders

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By Doug Mittler

PA SportsTicker Contributing Writer

UNIONDALE, New York (Ticker) -- Mike Ribeiro lent more than a

helping hand as the Dallas Stars put the memory of an ugly loss

behind them.

Ribeiro recorded four assists as part of a career-high

five-point performance and Loui Eriksson scored twice as the

Stars concluded a three-game road trip with a 5-3 victory over

the New York Islanders on Thursday night.

Captain Brenden Morrow added a goal and two assists while Krys

Barch also scored for Dallas, which rebounded impressively from

a 5-0 loss at New Jersey a day earlier.

"We got off to a good start tonight," Ribeiro said. "We were

more physical and our special teams were great."

Marty Turco, who was pulled in Wednesday's loss, made 24 saves

for the Stars. He was helped by a pair of shots that hit the

goalpost in the second period.

"I think the big key as to why we were better tonight than we

were last night was that Marty made some big saves early in the

game," Morrow said. "They came out with some pressure and he

made some key saves early, and that gave us confidence."

Captain Bill Guerin, defenseman Mark Streit and Jon Sim tallied

for the Islanders, who have lost three of four. Streit also

notched two assists.

Dallas, which opened its trek with a 2-1 win over the New York

Rangers on Monday, coasted in this one at the expense of Rick

DiPietro, who stopped just 24 of 29 shots. The franchise

goaltender made just his second start of the season and first at

Nassau Coliseum after sitting out the first four contests with a

knee injury.

"I'd be picky if I was saying it was his fault," Islanders coach

Scott Gordon said of DiPietro.

Ribeiro notched three of his assists in the first period, two on

perfectly placed passes. He added another, as well as his first

goal of the season, in the middle period.

The four assists were one short of the club record, which was

reached three times, most recently by Brad Richards on February

28 against Chicago. Ribeiro had notched four points on four

previous occasions.

"I created a few chances (early in the season). I was playing

one good game and then two bad ones," Ribeiro said. "(My line

wasn't) doing much in the beginning. Tonight, I think we worked

well together. Earlier, I think I was overdoing it, trying to

do too much."

Islanders defenseman Chris Campoli made his season debut after

spending time on injured reserve with a shoulder injury suffered

during a preseason game. New York, however, may have lost

another blue-liner as Brendan Witt left in the first period with

what the team termed a "lower body" injury.

Stars agitator Sean Avery goaded Islanders rookie Kyle Okposo

into a roughing penalty two minutes into the game, and Dallas

capitalized on the ensuing power play as Ribeiro slapped a pass

from the top of the right faceoff circle to Eriksson, who

redirected the puck past DiPietro from the doorstep at 3:30 for

a 1-0 lead.

Later in the first, Turco stopped Richard Park on a partial

breakaway, and the Stars scored less than minute afterward.

Ribeiro skated down the right wing and put a cross-ice pass on

the stick of Morrow, who recorded his third goal of the season

with 5:47 remaining.

Just over four minutes later, Ribeiro intercepted a pass and fed

Eriksson for his second of the night, giving the Stars a 3-0

lead.

"I played with (Ribeiro and Morrow) a little bit last year and

we played really good," Eriksson said. "It was good to score

two goals."

Turco got some help early in the second, when a pair of shots

hit the right post seconds apart with the Islanders on a two-man

advantage. After Trent Hunter's blast struck iron, Doug

Weight's shot off the rebound deflected off Turco's stick before

again hitting the post.

The Stars also dodged a few bullets as the puck was cleared away

from the goal line on several occasions.

"It could have been different if we had scored on our 5-on-3,"

Guerin said. "Those were two pucks laying right on the line."

Guerin finally broke through at 10:16 with his second goal of

the season, but the Stars quickly regained their three-goal

cushion when Barch redirected a shot from Morrow past DiPietro

less than three minutes later.

Ribeiro made it 5-1 with 93 seconds to go in the period,

converting a cross-slot pass from Mike Modano during a power

play.

Streit scored a man-advantage goal 3:28 into the third and set

up Sim's tally with three seconds left in the game.

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