Canadiens' winger losing respect

Mike Ribeiro's behavior in Game 3 against the Bruins will unquestionably hurt his credibility as a player.

Updated: April 13, 2004, 12:14 PM ET
By By Jim Wilkie | NHL Insider
Montreal left winger Mike Ribeiro's sudden recovery late in Montreal's 3-2 Game 3 victory over Boston on Sunday has overshadowed bigger issues from the Eastern Conference quarterfinal series, such as Habs forward Alex Kovalev's revival and subpar play from superstars Joe Thornton of the Bruins and José Théodore of the Canadiens.

Ribeiro, Montreal's leading scorer from the regular season, fell to the ice after a pileup of players going after a loose puck at center ice while Boston had an extra attacker out in an attempt to tie the game with less than a minute left in the third period.

Ribeiro lay on the ice of Montreal's Bell Centre while play continued for a few seconds. But after the Canadiens cleared their zone, officials stopped play with 33.7 seconds remaining because Ribeiro appeared to be in considerable pain, writhing on the ice and favoring his right arm.