By: Adam Gretz
It was obvious when watching on television that the crowd gathered in Dallas for Thursday's Stars-Flames game was a little sparce, with large sections of empty seats scattered throughout the lower bowl for a game between two teams still fighting for one of the final playoff spots in the Western Conference.
The Stars managed to secure the extra point, and overcome an earlier injury to leading scorer Jamie Benn, with a 3-2 win in overtime thanks to a nifty looking goal from center Mike Ribeiro. After a pretty impressive display of behind-the-back stickhandling in the offensive zone, Ribeiro loaded up and blasted a slap shot past goaltender Miikka Kiprusoff for his 12th goal of the season.
Have a look, and be sure to pay attention to the replay at the 19-second mark for the must-see part of the goal:
Awesome goal, mainly due, again, to the move that preceded it, and a fun moment for the fans in attendance.
Speaking of which, during Riberio's post-game interview that was broadcast over the PA system in the arena, he addressed the fans (or perhaps the lack of fans in the arena) by saying, with a rather serious look on his face, "hopefully you guys can invite your friends so we can have more people here."
The official attendance was listed at 11,389. For the season, the Stars have averaged 13,244 per home game.
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