Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 10/23/13
It was a rather tame performance compared to the excitement three nights before. No electrifying comeback. No outpouring of offense. No goal from goaltender Mike Smith. But just like Saturday’s win against the Detroit Red Wings center Mike Ribeiro chipped in a pair of goals and that guided the Coyotes to a 4-2 win Tuesday over the Flames one of their new division rivals in front of 10141 at Jobing.com Arena. “I just like those moments” Ribeiro said. “I like to be out there and make the play that is going to make us score a goal or just make a nice play. I just like to be in those moments.” Ribeiro has four goals in his past two games extending his points streak to seven games. Perhaps not surprisingly Ribeiro’s points streak matches the one the Coyotes (6-2-2) are currently enjoying as they’ve now grabbed at least one point in seven consecutive games. “There’s things he’s doing that make him a very smart complete player and he still does that in his own element” coach Dave Tippett said. “He’s not a big guy that’s going to run over anybody. He does it with smarts and skills.” The Coyotes took a penalty 1:31 into play a delay-of-game call assessed to center Antoine Vermette but didn’t allow the Flames to find a shot. After that the Coyotes stayed out of the box for the rest of the period and took only two more minors. “If you can get into a rhythm you feel good about what you’re doing” Tippett said. “So I really liked what our penalty killers did tonight. We didn’t give up a whole lot.” They built a 1-0 lead at 8:41 of the first with a power play goal from wing Radim Vrbata. Defenseman Keith Yandle found Vrbata who was sneaking in back-door off the wall and Vrbata was able to fire a shot into a mostly empty cage with Flames goalie Joey MacDonald out of position. It was the 200th goal of Vrbata’s career and all five of his goals have come on home ice. The Flames went down 2-0 when Ribeiro moved from behind the net to the front of it and redirected a shot by wing Mikkel Boedler at 10:19 of the second. They made it 2-1 with 1:34 left in the second. The puck shot out into the slot after a pad save by Smith on a Joe Colborne shot and former Coyote Lee Stempniak pounced on the loose puck and sent it past Smith who finished with 22 saves. “We still have to learn” Ribeiro said. “You’re winning 2-0 get scored on at the end of the period (to) give them life. Things like that shouldn’t happen.” That momentum carried over to the third when the Flames tied it three minutes into the period on a breakaway goal from Colborne. The Flames continued to press in the period but Ribeiro’s second goal of the game put the Coyotes up 3-2. Just like Vrbata’s goal he finished a pass from Yandle back-door on MacDonald at 5:47. It was the 24th career two-goal game for Ribeiro who has five goals and four assists in 10 games. Wing Rob Klinkhammer added an empty-netter with six seconds left. “He finds opportunities” Tippett said about Ribeiro’s ability. “That’s what skill players do — they find ways to have an effect on the game offensively.”
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