Turco, Ribeiro and the Dallas Stars

The Dallas Stars may be surprising many people with their 2 road wins in Anaheim. The reason for their success has been mostly due to the superb play of Marty Turco and Mike Ribeiro, one of the most underrated players in the NHL.
With the series returning to Dallas on Tuesday night, one has to wonder if the defending Stanley Cup Champions can win one, or both, games in Dallas to avoid the sweep.

What’s going on with the Ducks?
The answer seems simple.
Giguere hasn’t been good.
Pronger has been BRUTAL.
Scott Niedermayer hasn’t played like a guy with his past accomplishments.

Everyone feared the Ducks and their defense and goaltending of Niedermayer, Pronger, Schneider, Beauchemin and Giguere. But they have been totally outplayed by the likes of Ribeiro, Morrow, Richards, Lehtinen, hell Loui Eriksson, and Robidas, Niskanen (heck Norstrom and Boucher as well) and Turco.

Turco currently leads the NHL playoffs in both GAA (1.00) and SV% (.956) [excluding CuJo, that is]. He’s also tied for 1st with one shutout (Fleury, Nabokov and Biron with 1 as well).
He is really starting to shine in the playoffs, as we witnessed last year when he had 3 shutouts versus the Canucks, though his team fell in 7 games.

But equally important is the amazing play of Mike Ribeiro. He had a career year this season, tallying 27 goals and 83 points (in just 76 games), with a +21. But more impressively, he was THIRD for Production in the entire NHL, after only Crosby and Malkin! That’s right, given his ice-time, he actually produced slightly better than 4th-placed Ovechkin!

Just to recap, the Top 12 were:

Crosby 15:20
Malkin 16:29
Ribeiro 16:52
Ovechkin 16:54
Spezza 17:04
Alfredsson 17:31
Iginla 17:56
Zetterberg 17:59
Datsyuk 18:04
Gaborik 18:10
Thornton 18:16
Getzlaf 18:26

So far, in two games, he already has 5 points, 2nd in the NHL behind only Evgeni Malkin’s 6 points in 2 games. What does this guy have to do to get some respect and acknowledgment? I know Habs fans harbor ill will towards him (as they seem to do for Theodore as well, who has also been amazing this year)… but the rest of the League’s fans, and the NHL itself, the analysts, commentators and experts… what does he have to do to get his due? I’ve never seen a guy so talented with such little recognition since Marc Savard.

Anyways, if the Stars continue playing the great defensive and offensive game they are, and get the superb goaltending of Marty Turco, people’s claims (of a month ago when they had that sickening streak and almost caught Detroit) that they could win the Cup may be justified. I shook my head at those claims back then, but the Stars are showing me and the hockey world that they mean business this time around. With the Sharks potentially losing to the Flames it would set up a matchup with the winner of the Wild vs. Avs series. If they beat the Ducks, I’d think they could beat either of these NW teams, and heck, who knows, maybe the winner of the potential Wings vs. Flames series.

But, I’m getting far too ahead of myself now. Suffice it to say the Stars are for real and people better start waking up to this fact. They had better also take notice of Turco and Ribeiro, for these two are leading their team to success and potential glory!

15 Responses to Turco, Ribeiro and the Dallas Stars

  1. HABSSTAR says:

    I have to say I thought the Ducks were going to deal with Dallas in 4 games.  I'm pleasently surprised! 

    I think one big thing is Dallas has been making the Ducks pay for almost every penalty they take.  When you consider how the Ducks pushed everyone around last year in the playoffs this is a huge thing for them. 

    Now for Ribeiro, he is in fact playing some amazing hockey.  I think the biggest reason for that is he's not in Montreal.  He always had this talent but it seemed like when he was in Montreal he wanted the recognition before providing the reason for it.  I'm not sure if it was a matter of just having to wait until he matured or if he would have never developed like this with the Habs.  He developed the same problem Theodore did, had a good year, became a local Rock Star, then somehow got it mixed up.  He was a Rock Star because of what he was accomplishing on the ice, not the other way around. 

    Either way I hope Dallas finishes off the Ducks.

  2. BruMagnus says:

    I too am very, very surprised, and pleasantly so too. I had pegged the Ducks to win in 5 or 6 games, but now they'll have to win 4 of 5 games just to move on. Not that they cannot do it. A win in Game 3 will be a huge momentum swing, but a loss and they'll be facing yet again another early exit and the questions will be raised again as to what's wrong with this team.

    Go Stars!

    If the Flames can beat the Sharks as well, then we're left with only the Wings as an elite team. Before the playoffs started I said the only two teams from the West I'd fear in a potential Penguins final would be the Sharks and Ducks. Oh how great it'd be for the Pens and the East in general if both got bounced in the first round!

  3. wingsfan13 says:

    i can say that nobody except stars fans saw this one.  i can't believe they'll go 3-0 against anaheim when every single expert saw this team as getting to the finals and even repeating.

  4. RIP_Dimebag says:

    As much as I loathe the Stars I must admit they've been impressive and fully deserve to win that series, but I really hope they don't make it past the 2nd round.

  5. BruMagnus says:

    Why not past the 2nd round?

  6. habsoverserver says:

    it will take winning a playoff series or two for ribeiro to get recognition.  his playoff stats in prior years have been average.  but i agree he is a solid offensive player, reminds me of Marc Savard. 

  7. habsoverserver says:

    turco – 3 shots 1 save tonight,  that save percentage may take a dip.

  8. RIP_Dimebag says:

    The Stars lost tonight, this may give the Ducks confidence, it could be an all new series now if the Stars let the Ducks back into this series.

  9. BruMagnus says:

    Agreed. Turco's pitiful performance has leapfrogged Fleury and Price as the best two goalies in the playoffs. Quite interesting! The two youngest and the two best!

  10. BruMagnus says:

    Mike Ribeiro now leads the NHL in points with an amazing 7 points in just 3 games… sickening!!

    Where's his respect?

  11. Komisarek_Pwns says:

    I still have much respect for ribs and theo as well for having a comeback year and wish them well withe their respective clubs. I actually chose my playoff pool to be mtl vs pit for the eastern finals with dallas meeting colorado in the west to mix it up a bit. With either Ribeiro or Theodore meeting their former team in the finals.

  12. HABSSTAR says:

    I think it's still rolling around on the ice at the Bell Centre!  LOL! 
    That was a HUGE ROCK STAR DIVE!

  13. BruMagnus says:

    I don't get it. Ribeiro and Theodore never played on Pittsburgh… ?

  14. FlamingHomer says:

    During the regular season, if Ovechkin had Ribeiro's shooting percentage he would have beat Gretzky's 92 goals in a season record.

  15. BruMagnus says:

    True. But when you take 400+ shots from all angles, no matter how small the likelihood to score or badly it may affect your team when the puck caroms around and ends up as an odd-man rush, your shooting percentage will suffer.

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