NHL Game Summary - Phoenix at Dallas|
(Wednesday, December 10th)
Final Score: Phoenix 5, Dallas 3
Dallas, TX (Sports Network) - Martin Hanzal and Olli Jokinen each scored
twice, as the Phoenix Coyotes edged the Dallas Stars, 5-3, at American
Jokinen returned from a six-game absence due to a shoulder injury and provided
an immediate spark, while Steven Reinprecht notched an empty-net tally.
Ilya Bryzgalov made 29 saves in the win for the Coyotes, who lost 7-1 to
Chicago on Sunday but rebounded to snap a two-game losing streak.
"I was really proud of the way our team responded tonight," Coyotes head coach
Wayne Gretzky said.
Fabian Brunnstrom, James Neal and Trevor Daley each scored once for the Stars,
who have lost two of three. Marty Turco stopped 29 shots in the loss.
With the game tied 3-3 in the third period, Hanzal netted the eventual game-
winner on a chance play. Turco skated all the way to the left boards for a
wrap-around pass, but the puck caromed off Daley's stick and angled back
out to the slot. Turco couldn't get back in time as Hanzal was there for
an easy goal at the 5:21 mark.
"I got pretty much lucky because Daley didn't handle the puck on his
backhand," Hanzal said. "And it went directly to me and I had an empty net."
Phoenix held on for the win after Dallas removed Turco, and Reinprecht netted
the empty-netter with 24 seconds left.
Daley lit the lamp first, when his wrister from the right circle hit off the
left post and went into the net just 4:34 into the game.
Hanzal, though, tied the contest at 7:19 when his shallow-angled shot from
the left side of the net squeezed between Turco and the left post.
Jokinen's power-play tally at the 9:49 mark pushed the Coyotes in front, but
Neal recorded his own goal on the man advantage a mere minute and nine seconds
Brunnstrom gave Dallas a 3-2 edge 8 1/2 minutes into the middle period, but on
another man-advantage Jokinen tied the game with four seconds left in the
stanza, when he rifled in a shot from the left side.
"We're not consistent enough and gave up a lead," said Dallas defenseman
Stephane Robidas. "We tied it up at the end of the second, but we couldn't
score on the 5-on-3. It's consistency, that's what we're lacking and it's
Dallas hosts Detroit on Friday...Phoenix wrapped up its three-game road trip
with a 1-2 mark...The Coyotes host Minnesota on Thursday...Dallas was 1-for-7
on the power play, while Phoenix was 2-for-6.
12/11 02:21:43 ET