Michael Ryder Maintains Composure For Dallas Stars In A Critical Game Against The Phoenix Coyotes

By Chris Ransom

One of the things that was discussed prior to Tuesday Nights game between the Phoenix Coyotes and the Dallas Stars was how Michael Ryder would perform for Dallas in Tuesday’s game against the Phoenix Coyotes.

One of the reasons why the Boston Bruins won the 2011 Stanley Cup was because Michael Ryder displayed great composure for the Bruins in critical games.  One of the critical elements in Tuesday’s game was whether or not Ryder would showcase that composure for Dallas.

Michael Ryder would score two goals for the Dallas Stars.  Both goals were vital in the Dallas Stars in the contest.  The first goal occurred in the 2nd period when Dallas was on the power play.  Ryder’s goal would put Dallas up 2 to 1.

Ryder would score again on to put Dallas up 3 to 1.  Both of Ryder’s goals were short distance goals.  Ryder jammed the puck in the net like a power forward on the attack rather than executing a wrist shot or a slap shot when scoring for Dallas.

Ryder may have been one of the main factors.  Michael Ryder was not the sole factor in this contest.

Both teams had impact players.  Loui Eriksson scored the opening goal for Dallas in the first period before Phoenix tied the contest at 1 heading into the first intermission.  In the first period and the beginning of the 2nd period goaltender Mike Smith did a great job making saves prior to Ryder’s go ahead goal.

One player who helped Phoenix rally back was Oliver Ekman-Larsson.  The Coyotes defenseman is more of an offensive defender who has struggled as a penalty killer in the past.  Oliver Ekman-Larsson has improved this area in 2011-2012 for the Coyotes.  Oliver Ekman-Larsson has been playing with a hot streak during the last 5 games leading up to the contest.  Oliver Ekman-Larsson has scored 3 goals and 2 assists in the last 5 contests for Phoenix.

In the 3rd period Oliver-Ekman Larsson scored a shorthanded goal for the Coyotes that helped change the momentum of the game.  The game would go to overtime with neither team getting the game winning goal.

Only one player scored in the shootout. Mike Ribeiro scored the lone goal in the shootout that would be the game winner.

Dallas would win 4 to 3.  The Stars win gave them 2 points with the Coyotes getting one point.  Dallas and Phoenix both had 83 points prior to the regular season finale between these two teams.  Dallas now sits at 85 points with the 3 seed while the Coyotes have 84 points.

The Los Angeles Kings another Pacific Division Rival have won 5 in a row and now have 84 points and leapfrogged the Phoenix Coyotes for the 8th and final playoff spot in the Western Conference.  Los Angeles was able to accomplish this by defeating the San Jose Sharks in what was a critical win for both teams.  That game aired on NBC Sports Network immediately after the Wild Wild West penalty shootout in Dallas, TX featuring the Coyotes and the Stars.

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