Mike Ribeiro declined comment again tonight, and appeared ready to accept his punishment quietly. But he did clarify that he was 10 minutes late for an evening meeting on Sunday and did not miss it.
When asked about whether or not Ribeiro was late or missed, Stars coach Marc Crawford said, ``I'm not going to talk anymore about it.''
Before he was asked about the specifics, Crawford was asked if the decision to make Ribeiro a healthy scratch left the team short-handed in a 3-1 loss to Anaheim Monday.
``It did leave us short-handed, but it is what it is,'' Crawford said. ``If we were going to be short-handed, we felt it was the right thing to do. Sometimes, you don't see the benefits right away, but long-term, it is the right thing. You have to have people who trust and do the things that they need to do.''
I believe they did have to do something. To tell you the truth, the Stars have had it pretty easy on this road trip with days off, and the demand for a team meeting here or there is hardly taxing. Players should be there 10 minutes early rather than 10 minutes late.
In my opinion, the juggled lineup really hurt the Stars against the Ducks. No line was able to find chemistry and Brad Richards had to take 29 of the team's 54 faceoffs. Richards played 24:34 and looked beat at the end of the game. He was still one of the team's best players.
Anyway, it's not like they're going to make the playoffs, so this was a game that was worth risking if it sent the proper message.
Kari Lehtonen was great again. He had 43 saves on 46 shots. He allowed two rebound goals that Crawford called ``bang-bang'' plays at the net, and one sweet snap shot by Corey Perry. He really couldn't be criticized for any of them.
Those are the kinds of things the Stars can use as they work through the final games of the season. Yes, they are professionals, and yes they want to win, but they also need to make the most of these games and get ready for next season.
Right now, Lehtonen seems to be doing that. He has a 4-2-0 record, a 2.33 GAA and a .935 save percentage in his last six games.
The Stars are staying overnight and flying back on Tuesday. There will be no practice Tuesday. They'll return to the ice at AAC for the morning skate on Wednesday before the Edmonton game.
My guess is Lehtonen will get the start in that game.