Originally posted on Fox Sports Arizona
By ASSOCIATED PRESS  |  Last updated 10/24/13
By KEVIN CHROUST STATS Writer Mike Ribeiro has a seven-game point streak, and so do the Phoenix Coyotes. Ribeiro and the Coyotes try to extend their streaks in Thursday night's road game against the Los Angeles Kings. Ribeiro notched his first point in a Coyotes sweater on Oct. 10 at Detroit and he hasn't stopped. His team has gone 5-0-2 for its first seven-game stretch with at least one point since it went all 12 games in February 2012 without a regulation loss. The Coyotes (6-2-2) are off to their best 10-game start since going 7-1-2 to open the 2000-01 season. Ribeiro has four goals in his last two games, including a pair in Tuesday's 4-2 victory against Calgary. He scored the winner, breaking a 2-all tie at 5:47 in the third. "He likes to make a difference in games, and he's doing that for us right now," Coyotes coach Dave Tippett said. Ribeiro's point streak is his longest since an eight-game run (three goals, eight assists) with Dallas in February 2012. "It took a while for me to get comfortable with the guys and for them to know me and, I guess to like me," said Ribeiro, who didn't record a point in Phoenix's 1-2-0 start. "So now that we did that, I'm comfortable and it's fun to come to work." Ribeiro, however, has no goals and three assists in his last seven against the Kings. Radim Vrbata -- tied with Ribeiro for the team lead in goals with five -- hasn't scored in his last eight games vs. L.A. Phoenix played Tuesday without captain Shane Doan, who has a lower-body injury and is considered a game-time decision against Los Angeles. Doan has six goals in his last seven games against the Kings. Including the 2012 Western Conference finals, Phoenix is 3-7-0 in its last 10 games versus Los Angeles. The Kings (6-4-0) didn't have similar success Monday against another Pacific club, falling 3-2 at home to Calgary. After giving up just four power-play goals through their first nine games, they allowed three against the Flames -- including the back-breaker with 29.7 seconds in the third period. "I thought we looked fatigued," coach Darryl Sutter said. "Tonight was 10 (games) in 19 (days), and the other team was clearly fresher than ours. It made a big difference." No even-strength goals were scored in the game. Jeff Carter scored a short-handed goal for the Kings to tie it at 2, while Drew Doughty scored on the power play. Carter has a team-high five goals after finishing fourth in the NHL with 26 last season. After going a combined 27-5-1 at home in the regular season and playoffs last year, the Kings are off to a 2-2 start at Staples Center this season. Center Anze Kopitar enters Thursday without a goal in his last 26 regular-season games.. Fellow center Mike Richards is also without a goal this year, though they've combined for 14 assists. Jonathan Quick is 3-2-0 with a 0.81 GAA and two shutouts in his last five home starts versus Phoenix.
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Report: Giants’ Victor Cruz cleared to practice

PETA sends Warren Sapp vegan lobster following shark bite

Report: Josh McCown has looked better at times than RG3

Mike Trout does David Ortiz impersonation

Suspended Steelers WR Martavis Bryant set to help coach HS football


Tickets for ‘Monday Night Football’ game in Mexico sell out

Kevin Durant says he never told Russell Westbrook he was staying in OKC

God Shammgod hired by Mavericks as player development assistant

Soccer player terminates contract after being attacked by stray dogs

Todd Bowles confirms Ryan Fitzpatrick is Jets starting QB: ‘It’s his job’

Carmelo Anthony shocked Dwyane Wade left Miami for Chicago

Giants acquire All-Star Eduardo Nunez from the Twins

Vikings QB injured trying to kick open door

Josh Gordon thankful for support from Browns

Report: Seahawks DE Chris Clemons retiring

Denard Robinson blames falling asleep at stoplight for pond crash

Everything that's already gone wrong at the Rio Olympics

Hue Jackson: Browns will give Josh Gordon a fresh start

Diamondbacks nearing Daniel Hudson trade

Amar'e Stoudemire's presence (and absence) changed the NBA

What would George Costanza have traded to get Bonds and Griffey?

Gabby Douglas can make USA Gymnastics history at Olympics

Week 3 will determine the Big Ten's reputation this season

All Sports News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Everything that's already gone wrong at the Rio Olympics

Amar'e Stoudemire's presence (and absence) changed the NBA

We asked Team USA: What other Olympic sport would you play?

Why Gary Bettman's CTE denial is cause for concern for NHL

WATCH: Inside the Nike SNKRS BOX in SF for Golden Air Celebration

WATCH: Five other uniforms Chris Sale should cut up

QUIZ: Name every Olympic event in which the USA has never won a gold medal

Five U.S. Olympians favored to win multiple gold medals

WATCH: What teams should join the Big 12?

One Gotta Go: Do NBA players really love NBA2K?

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Follow Yardbarker