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Coyotes 6, Stars 2

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 3:49 AM

Associated Press

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Coyotes 6, Stars 2
Dallas Stars 2, Phoenix Coyotes 6

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) - Geoff Sanderson and the Phoenix Coyotes returned from the Olympic far more focused.

Sanderson and Shane Doan each scored twice and the Coyotes beat the Dallas Stars 6-2 on Thursday night in their first game back.

"I think the break really helped us," Sanderson said. "We were on a losing streak going into the break and it was good timing for us to get away from the game. We had a great week of practice and I don't think there was doubt in anyone's mind that we were going to play well tonight."

Doan added a pair of assists, Mike Comrie had four assists and Dennis Reinprecht and Paul Mara also scored for the Coyotes, who snapped a four-game losing streak to improve to 2-4-2 in their last eight. They are 12th in the Western Conference, eight points behind eighth-place Edmonton for the final playoff spot.

"It's nice to smile tonight," Phoenix coach Wayne Gretzky said. "We're in a tough spot. We know that."

Bill Guerin and Jason Arnott scored for the Stars, who have dropped their third straight to remain six points behind the idle Detroit Red Wings for the Western Conference lead.

"We were inconsistent and not too direct with what we wanted to do," Dallas' Mike Modano said. "Half the guys have been away playing and you could tell that they were a little bit tired."

Sanderson broke a scoreless tie with 1:33 left in the first period, pouncing on a loose puck swept across the crease by Mike Johnson and scoring into the open right side of the net on a power play.

Reinprecht made it 2-0 59 seconds later, shoving home a rebound after Mike Comrie's shot through the crease behind Johan Hedberg rang off the right post.

Hedberg also was out of position on the Coyotes' third goal, a breakaway score by Doan at 5:56 of the second period.

Doan took a long pass from Comrie, skated behind the Dallas defense and scored when Hedberg skated out of his net to reduce the angle before falling to his right side six feet in front of the crease and vainly waving his left leg at the puck.

Guerin briefly cut Phoenix's lead to three, 4-1, at 14:24 of the second period with a blast from the top of the right circle. But Mara answered 90 seconds later, set up when Comrie stole a pass just inside the Dallas offensive zone.

"Those are little mistakes, but it's not just the mistakes but how you cover up for them after," Dallas coach Dave Tippett said. "How do you give up a breakaway from your own blue line? That's just stupid play. There's no way to sugarcoat that. It's just not a smart play."

Marty Turco replaced Hedberg to start the third period for Dallas.

"That was strictly for a change in momentum," Tippett said.

Arnott added a goal off a long rebound with 4:51 to go to pull the Stars to 4-2.

Dallas had an opportunity to get closer with an extended two-man advantage, but Mike Ricci blocked consecutive shots - losing his stick and doubling over after the first - as the Coyotes killed the power play.

"They score there and the game can change," Gretzky said. "What he did on that power play shows the difference between winning and losing in this league. He got hit hard on the first shot, then with no stick and basically no feeling in his hand he blocks the other shot."

Sanderson scored his second with 7:27 to go, also on the power play. He half-missed on a sweeping shot, but still beat Turco.

Doan added his second with 2:26 remaining, putting the Stars down by four goals for the first time this season.

Notes: Sanderson has six goals and two assists in his last five games. ... Doan entered the game with two assists in his last five games combined. ... The Stars lead the NHL with 37 fighting majors, including four on Thursday. ... Hedberg lost for the first time in three starts this season in Phoenix.

scoring summary
1st Period
18:27
PHX
PPG - Geoff Sanderson (18) ASST: Dave Scatchard (12), Dennis Seidenberg (11)
1 - 0 PHX
19:26
PHX
Steve Reinprecht (12) ASST: Mike Comrie (20), Shane Doan (25)
2 - 0 PHX
2nd Period
05:56
PHX
Shane Doan (18) ASST: Mike Comrie (21)
3 - 0 PHX
14:24
DAL
Bill Guerin (12) ASST: Mike Modano (35), Sergei Zubov (40)
3 - 1 PHX
15:54
PHX
Paul Mara (12) ASST: Shane Doan (26), Mike Comrie (22)
4 - 1 PHX
3rd Period
04:51
DAL
Jason Arnott (22) ASST: Antti Miettinen (13), Janne Niinimaa (12)
4 - 2 PHX
12:33
PHX
PPG - Geoff Sanderson (19) ASST: Mike Johnson (25), Jamie Lundmark (12)
5 - 2 PHX
17:34
PHX
PPG - Shane Doan (19) ASST: Paul Mara (25), Mike Comrie (23)
6 - 2 PHX
penalty summary
1st Period
03:44
DAL
Philippe Boucher  Slashing against  Shane Doan
07:48
DAL
Steve Ott  Fighting (maj) against  Jamie Lundmark
07:48
PHX
Jamie Lundmark  Fighting (maj) against  Steve Ott
08:28
PHX
Paul Mara  Cross checking against  Jere Lehtinen
09:07
DAL
Brenden Morrow  Slashing against  Keith Ballard
13:23
PHX
Keith Ballard  Fighting (maj) against  Bill Guerin
13:23
DAL
Bill Guerin  Fighting (maj) against  Keith Ballard
17:49
DAL
Antti Miettinen  Hooking against  Mike Comrie
2nd Period
01:04
PHX
Mike Johnson  Holding the stick against  Janne Niinimaa
02:42
PHX
Dennis Seidenberg  Delaying Game-Puck over glass
07:52
DAL
Antti Miettinen  Too many men/ice - bench
11:02
DAL
Jeremy Stevenson  Hooking against  Oleg Saprykin
13:47
PHX
Sean O'Donnell  Fighting (maj) against  Jeremy Stevenson
13:47
DAL
Jeremy Stevenson  Fighting (maj) against  Sean O'Donnell
14:08
DAL
Steve Ott  Fighting (maj) against  Tyson Nash
14:08
PHX
Tyson Nash  Fighting (maj) against  Steve Ott
16:40
PHX
Fredrik Sjostrom  Hooking against  Stu Barnes
19:47
PHX
Denis Gauthier  Holding against  Stu Barnes
3rd Period
07:55
PHX
Sean O'Donnell  Hooking against  Jussi Jokinen
08:32
PHX
Dave Scatchard  Slashing against  Mike Modano
10:02
DAL
Bill Guerin  Holding the stick against  Paul Mara
11:35
DAL
Philippe Boucher  Roughing against  Oleg Saprykin
11:35
PHX
Oleg Saprykin  Slashing
12:04
DAL
Janne Niinimaa  Boarding
14:15
DAL
Janne Niinimaa  Holding
17:23
DAL
Antti Miettinen  Hooking against  Dennis Seidenberg
18:02
DAL
Jeremy Stevenson  Roughing
goalie stats
Johan Hedberg
SA: 21TOI: 40:00
Saves: 17EV: 11 - 14
PIM: 0PP: 5 - 6
SV%: .810SH: 1 - 1
Marty Turco
SA: 10TOI: 19:52
Saves: 8EV: 5 - 5
PIM: 0PP: 3 - 5
SV%: .800SH: 0 - 0
Curtis Joseph
Curtis Joseph
SA: 19TOI: 59:58
Saves: 17EV: 12 - 14
PIM: 0PP: 4 - 4
SV%: .895SH: 1 - 1
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