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Dallas Stars 2, Phoenix Coyotes 3 FINAL

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 3:49 AM

Associated Press

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Dallas Stars 2, Phoenix Coyotes 3 FINAL
Dallas Stars 2, Phoenix Coyotes 3

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) _ For the fourth straight home game, the Phoenix Coyotes had an early two-goal lead. This time, they built on it.

Daymond Langkow and Ladislav Nagy had a goal and an assist apiece and Mike Comrie scored his first goal with the Coyotes, who ended an eight-game winless streak by beating the Dallas Stars 3-2 Saturday night.

Phoenix scored three times in its first 11 shots _ getting just enough of an edge to hold off a Dallas team that was 6-0-2 in eight previous games.

``The most impressive thing about tonight's game was the fact we held on to it against a pretty good team,'' coach Bob Francis said. ``Up by two, the next challenge was to get that third one, which we didn't do in that last game and haven't done on a couple of occasions.''

Brian Boucher had 32 saves a night after giving up four goals in a 5-2 loss to the New York Islanders.

``I think we relaxed tonight, played with composure and got the job done,'' Boucher said.

Coyotes captain Shane Doan had two assists and won the first star for his work in the third period, which included forcing Stars goalie Marty Turco into a roughing penalty after Doan intercepted two clearing passes while bottling up Dallas in its own end.

Doan missed an empty net with 40 seconds to go, but figured in his team's ability to hold on against six attackers the final 1:11. Phoenix was 0-6-1-1 since beating Detroit 5-2 on Jan. 24.

Pierre Turgeon and Brenden Morrow had power-play goals for the Stars, who lost for the first time after a 6-0-2 run.

Turco, who leads the NHL in wins with 26, had 18 saves.

``They're a desperate hockey team right now,'' Dallas coach Dave Tippett said. ``We have to come out and match that desperation. We've got to get our legs going, win some races to loose pucks.''

Morrow tightened the game with the only goal of the third period _ a wrist shot over Boucher 4:05 in after a crossing pass from Bill Guerin glanced off Jason Arnott and went to Morrow. The sequence began with Mike Modano hitting the right goalpost.

The Coyotes' skates figured in their first goal _ Jan Hrdina kicked the puck to Nagy, whose crossing pass went in off Langkow's skate 3:47 in.

Comrie, acquired Monday from Philadelphia for goalie Sean Burke, made it 2-0 with 40.1 seconds left in the first period.

The center, playing on the Flyers' fourth line before the trade, has been skating with Doan, the Coyotes' captain, and Brian Savage. The combination clicked when Doan got the puck to Savage on the left wing.

Savage pulled up above the circle and sent a shot off Turco's pads. Comrie moved in from the right and flipped the rebound over the sprawling goalie on the far side.

In a pivotal sequence midway through the second period, Arnott got the puck past Boucher, but the goal was disallowed because Steve Ott drew a roughing penalty for scuffling with Tyson Nash of Phoenix.

``I grazed his cheek and he acted like his face fell off,'' a disappointed Ott said.

The Coyotes capitalized when Doan passed across to Nagy, whose slap shot from the point went in through traffic 7:33 into the period and 56 seconds into Ott's penalty.

``That third goal was big,'' Doan said. ``You know, we get the third one, and it makes a huge difference. We still have a two-goal lead when they score, and you're still in control.''

Turgeon cut it to 3-1 at the 9:19 mark, scooping the puck over Boucher, but the goalie made nine more saves before the period ended and 13 more in the third.

scoring summary
1st Period
03:47
PHX
Daymond Langkow (16) ASST: Ladislav Nagy (28), Jan Hrdina (15)
1 - 0 PHX
19:19
PHX
Mike Comrie (5) ASST: Brian Savage (10), Shane Doan (36)
2 - 0 PHX
2nd Period
07:33
PHX
PPG - Ladislav Nagy (24) ASST: Shane Doan (37), Daymond Langkow (25)
3 - 0 PHX
09:19
DAL
PPG - Pierre Turgeon (7) ASST: Scott Young (6), Sergei Zubov (28)
3 - 1 PHX
3rd Period
04:05
DAL
PPG - Brenden Morrow (16) ASST: Jason Arnott (24), Bill Guerin (18)
3 - 2 PHX
penalty summary
1st Period
04:14
DAL
Steve Ott  Roughing against  Tyson Nash
09:10
PHX
Ossi Vaananen  Holding the stick
2nd Period
01:34
PHX
Paul Mara  Holding against  David Oliver
03:15
DAL
Brenden Morrow  Hooking against  Brad Ference
06:37
DAL
Steve Ott  Roughing against  Tyson Nash
07:42
PHX
Mike Sillinger  Hooking - Obstruction
12:45
PHX
Matthew Spiller  Holding against  Pierre Turgeon
18:07
PHX
Radoslav Suchy  Tripping against  Jere Lehtinen
3rd Period
03:39
PHX
Paul Mara  Holding against  Don Sweeney
04:23
DAL
Jon Klemm  Interference against  Tyson Nash
08:03
DAL
Marty Turco  Roughing against  Daymond Langkow
11:18
PHX
Jeff Taffe  Holding
15:09
DAL
David Oliver  Tripping against  Tyson Nash
goalie stats
Marty Turco
SA: 21TOI: 58:12
Saves: 18EV: 11 - 13
PIM: 2PP: 6 - 7
SV%: .857SH: 1 - 1
Brian Boucher
Brian Boucher
SA: 34TOI: 60:00
Saves: 32EV: 23 - 23
PIM: 0PP: 8 - 10
SV%: .941SH: 1 - 1
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