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Ribeiro scores twice as Stars pound Kings

12/14/2007 - NHL Dallas Stars Los Angeles Kings + more

DALLAS (AP) -- Dallas Stars coach Dave Tippett has used
Mike
Ribeiro,
Antti Miettinen and Brenden Morrow on a line for two full
games. The results say Tippett should stick with the trio a while
longer.

Ribeiro had two goals and two assists and the Stars maintained
their dominance over the Los Angeles Kings with a 4-1 victory
Thursday night.

Miettinen added a goal and two assists, and Morrow had a goal
and an assist for the Stars, 11-1-1 in their past 13 meetings with
the Kings.

Dallas, which has won seven straight at home against Los Angeles
to tie the club's longest active home winning streak, has outscored
the Kings 48-26 in its past 13 matchups.

Ribeiro, Miettinen and Morrow have combined for 14 points in the
two games they've played as a line.

"It was the offensive spark we needed for sure," Tippett said.
"That whole line was really feeding off each other. They were
excellent in creating. We wanted someone to come in and take charge
so we challenged our veteran leadership. They really took it to
heart."

Miettinen is filling in for Finnish countryman Jere Lehtinen,
out eight to 10 weeks with an abdominal injury.

Lehtinen, who led the Stars with 26 goals last season and is
considered one of the game's best two-way players, has been missed,
but Miettinen is picking up the slack with points in his past four
games.

"[Miettinen] can play both sides," Ribeiro said. "He's a
great forechecker. He's good with the puck. He can get creative. He
makes me think of a young [Lehtinen]."

Marty Turco, facing the Kings for the first time since giving up
five third-period goals in a 6-5 overtime loss in Los Angeles on
Nov. 10, stopped 26 shots for the Stars.

"I wasn't thinking about that last game in L.A.," Turco said.
"I was focusing on tonight. I felt it was a solid all-around
effort."

Tom Preissing's power-play goal at 3:29 of the third period
ended Turco's bid for his 32nd career shutout.

The Kings were playing their third game in four nights and were
coming off a 6-3 defeat to the Chicago Blackhawks on Wednesday
night.

"It's frustrating," Kings defenseman Jaroslav Modry said.
"Breakdowns cost us the game. We were solid at the start, but we
had a breakdown that cost us and we were behind the rest of the
night."

The Stars took a while to get going, failing to register a shot
on goal in the first 10 minutes.

But Turco made two tough early saves, and Ribeiro gave Dallas a
1-0 lead at 11:52 on a redirection of Miettinen's pass.

Kings rookie goalie Jonathan Quick got the start in his third
NHL appearance, He gave up four goals on 18 shots before he was
replaced by Jean-Sebastien Aubin at 14:56 of the second period.

"He was starting to think too much," Kings coach Marc Crawford
said of Quick. "I had to get him out of there. But he's a young
goalie."

Dallas broke the game open with a three-goal second period.
Morrow made it 2-0 at 2:40, 15 seconds into a power play, notching
his 11th on a one-timer from the left circle.

The Stars increased their advantage to 4-0 later in the second
period on Miettinen's third at 7:03 and Ribeiro's team-high 15th 10
seconds into another power play at 14:56.

"We scored two [power-play goals] in 25 seconds," Morrow said.
"That gave us a bit of a cushion. We created a lot tonight."

Game notes
The Stars honored D Sergei Zubov in pregame ceremonies for
becoming the 15th NHL defenseman with 600 career assists, a
milestone he reached Nov. 21. Zubov had two more assists on
Thursday night and leads NHL defensemen with 30 points. ...Kings
No. 1 G Jason LaBarbera is with the team but is limited by a rib
injury. ... Dallas' Mike Modano assisted on Ribeiro's second goal,
giving him 1,246 career points to extend his lead among U.S.-born
players. ... The Stars are 3-1-1 against the Kings this season. ...
Zubov had a four-point night in Dallas' previous game, a 5-4
overtime win over Edmonton on Monday night. The Stars haven't had
back-to-back four-point games since October 1997 from Modano and
Pat Verbeek. ... Dallas converted both power-play chances.