NHL Game Summary - Phoenix at Dallas|
(Friday, February 1st)
Final Score: Dallas 4, Phoenix 3 (SO)
Dallas, TX (Sports Network) - Jaromir Jagr scored in the fourth round of the
shootout to lift the Dallas Stars over the Phoenix Coyotes, 4-3, in the opener
of a home-and-home series.
Brenden Dillon had a goal and an assist for the Stars, who snapped a four-game
skid. Antoine Roussel and Michael Ryder also scored.
Kari Lehtonen made 31 saves for Dallas, which posted a 4-3 home win over the
Coyotes to open the season on Jan. 19.
"We still have areas we have to clean up in our game, the turnovers and we
need to play the game the right way," Stars coach Glen Gulutzan said. "I think
that's important for us moving forward, there is still some clean up that has
to happen here regardless if we got two points."
Martin Hanzal had two goals for Phoenix, which fell to 2-4-2 on the season.
Radim Vrbata added a goal and an assist.
Mike Smith stopped 21-of-24 shots for the Coyotes, who played Friday's game
just hours after the franchise's latest prospective buyer fell through. Greg
Jamison, who had a provisional deal in place to purchase the Coyotes, missed
Thursday's midnight deadline to officially buy the club from the NHL.
Roussel, making his NHL debut, made it 1-0 Dallas at the 9:53 mark of the
first period. The 23-year-old skated in on a breakaway and put a backhander
Dillon's slapper from the left point at the 12:03 mark gave the Stars a 2-0
The Coyotes got on the board with six minutes remaining in the opening frame.
Oliver Ekman-Larsson's shot from the left point was deflected in by Vrbata.
Phoenix tied the game just 45 seconds into the middle stanza. Ekman-Larsson's
shot from the right point was blocked and the puck ended up on the stick of
Hanzal, whose backhander beat Lehtonen.
At the 14:14 mark, Ryder's shot from the top of the left circle put Dallas
back in front.
The back-and-forth battle continued as Hanzal's shot from the slot tied the
game at three with 1:34 to go.
Lehtonen combined to make 14 saves in the third period and overtime. Smith
stopped 10 shots over that span.
Vrbata started the second round of the shootout with a goal. Smith then
stopped Ray Whitney to keep Phoenix ahead. It came down to Jamie Benn, who
beat Smith to keep the Stars alive.
Lehtonen stopped Ekman-Larsson's shot to start the fourth round. Jagr then
beat Smith with a wrister to give Dallas the victory.
"I thought our team hung around the game, competed really hard and gave
ourselves a chance to win, but in the end gave a point up," Coyotes coach Dave
The clubs will meet Saturday at Jobing.com Arena ... Stars defenseman Jamie
Oleksiak had one shot in his NHL debut ... Smith returned after missing the
previous four games with a groin injury ... Phoenix forward Steve Sullivan
missed the game with a lower body injury ... Dallas was without defenseman
Aaron Rome (flu-like symptoms).
02/02 01:05:56 ET