NHL Game Summary - Dallas at Phoenix|
(Saturday, December 11th)
Final Score: Phoenix 5, Dallas 2
Glendale, AZ (Sports Network) - Shane Doan recorded two goals and Keith Yandle
posted a goal and a pair of assists as Phoenix steamrolled Dallas, 5-2.
Ray Whitney notched a goal and a helper for Phoenix, which snapped a three-
game losing streak on home ice. Lauri Korpikoski also tallied while Ilya
Bryzgalov turned away 33 shots between the pipes for his 12th win of the
"We stressed going into this game, the last few days and during practice,
how important this game is," Yandle said. "They're ahead of us in the
standings. They're a division rival team. It's good that we can come together
James Neal and Loui Eriksson both lit the lamp for the Stars, who have lost
three of their last four games. Andrew Raycroft gave up five goals on 30 shots
before he was benched for the contest's final 9 1/2 minutes.
"Tonight, it wasn't from a lack of effort and it wasn't from a lack of staying
with it," said Stars head coach Marc Crawford. "I guess you need a little bit
of puck luck."
Phoenix scored just more than six minutes into the game, behind Radim Vrbata's
forechecking, which scrounged up the puck on the backboards. He was able to
center the puck to Whitney, who put it home.
Eric Belanger then set up Doan for his first goal of the game to give the
Coyotes a 2-0 edge only 7:19 into the contest.
Phoenix took a decisive three-goal edge with 23 seconds remaining in the
first, while on the power play. Whitney ripped a shot from the left side that
was deflected directly to Doan on the far side, and Doan shoveled the puck
into the open net.
Dallas got on the scoreboard 3:11 into the middle stanza, when Neal trailed a
3-on-3 rush and finished it with a hard wrister past Bryzgalov.
But the Coyotes restored their three-goal lead 62 seconds into the final frame
with a short-handed goal. Vernon Fiddler passed to Korpikoski at center ice
for a breakaway chance, and Korpikoski was able to finish with a backhand shot
between Raycroft's pads.
The blowout continued midway through the final period when Lee Stempniak led
a 2-on-1 rush and sent a cross-ice pass to Yandle, who slapped it past
Raycroft. The Dallas netminder was then pulled and Richard Bachman replaced
him, finishing the game with four saves.
Eriksson added a late power-play goal for Dallas after stuffing in a Brenden
Morrow shot that bounced off the backboards.
The Coyotes start a six-game road trip Wednesday in New Jersey...Dallas will
play at San Jose on Monday...Stars goaltender Kari Lehtonen missed a third
consecutive game because of back spasms...Doan had a chance to get his first
career hat trick during the final minutes of the game, but his slap shot from
the right circle rang off the post.
12/12 02:10:54 ET