Stars 3, Avalanche 2. SO

DENVER (AP) -- Mike Ribeiro resorted to some trickery in the final shootout attempt, skating in backward and then flipping a shot into the net off Peter Budaj to lift the Dallas Stars to a 3-2 victory over the Colorado Avalanche on Thursday night.

After Matt Climie stopped T.J. Hensick's try, Ribeiro glided toward Budaj, suddenly turned backward, passed the puck to himself between his legs and then shot it at Budaj, the puck bounding high into the air before trickling in.

Fabian Brunnstrom and James Neal also scored in the shootout for the Stars, while Wojtek Wolski and Milan Hejduk countered for Colorado.

Brunnstrom and Steve Begin scored in regulation for Dallas. Chris Stewart and John-Michael Liles also had goals for Colorado.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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