Coyotes 5, Stars 2
Tuesday, 06.19.2012 / 12:45 AMGLENDALE -
Maybe the Stars should start hoping the Phoenix Coyotes move to Hamilton, or anywhere else for that matter.
Blown man-advantage opportunities early on coupled with the stellar goaltending from the Coyotes' Ilya Bryzgalov doomed the Stars on Friday night at Jobing.com Arena, where they dropped a 5-2 decision to Phoenix.
The Coyotes, a franchise that ultimately may be on the run after being the subject of uncertainty since filing for bankruptcy earlier in the year, cruised to their fifth straight win over Dallas while snapping a two-game overall losing streak. Bryzgalov made 30 saves -- with 20 coming in the first two periods when Phoenix built a 4-0 lead -- and Lauri Korpikoski had a pair of goals for a Phoenix team that came in having scored only 10 times in its last six games.
The Stars started strong, and were handed three early power play opportunities against the struggling Coyotes. But a unit that was humming at a 29 percent success clip over the last four games was unable to penetrate Bryzgalov, allowing Phoenix to eventually break through on Marty Turco.
Turco allowed four goals on 19 shots before being pulled by coach Marc Crawford late in the second period. Turco was making his fourth straight start, and eighth in the last 10 contests. It was the first time this season he's been unable to finish.
and Mike Ribeiro
scored, and Alex Auld gave up one goal on 10 shots in relief for Dallas, which has earned points in five of its last eight games.
The game turned in the middle frame when Phoenix scored three times in a span of almost 12 minutes, as the Stars had problems with the Coyotes strong forecheck. Dallas found itself a step slow for puck battles, and the Coyotes were able to capitalize on their scoring chances when they needed to.
Zbynek Michalek pushed Phoenix's lead to 5-0 two minutes into the third before Morrow banged home a rebound for his ninth on the power play at 5:26.
Ribeiro made it 5-2 with his eighth of the year nearly two minutes later, ripping a slap shot from the left circle that whizzed past Bryzgalov.
The Stars came close in the second period when Loui Eriksson
's wrist shot from the slot rang off the post, but were consistently thwarted throughout the contest by the steady play of Bryzgalov, who suddenly has become a major nuisance to Dallas. The Coyotes netminder improved to 6-0-1 in his last seven appearances against the Stars, including a pair of shutouts.
Robert Lang and Adrian Aucoin also scored, Scottie Upshall had three assists, and Matthew Lombardi added a pair of helpers himself for Phoenix.
Up by a goal after the first 20 minutes, the Coyotes stretched their lead to 2-0 on Korpikoski's first of the year at 4:15 of the second period. Down the left wing, Upshall slipped the puck to Korpikoski, who got behind Dallas defenseman Matt Niskanen
in the slot. Korpikoski was then able to lift a backhand over Turco.
Korpikoski tallied again with 4:15 left in the second. The Coyotes used a strong forecheck to gather the puck down low in the Dallas end, and Upshall in turn shoveled it through the Stars crease. Lurking in tight, Korpikoski swatted the puck in to give the Coyotes a 3-0 edge.
Just 26 seconds later Aucoin struck to make it 4-0. Off the Phoenix rush, Aucoin pounced on a loose puck in the slot and banged home his fourth of the year, and chased Turco in the process.
Lang opened the scoring with his sixth of the year midway through the first period. He skated across the ice towards the high slot before unleashing a wrist shot that zipped past Turco, who was being screened by Phoenix forward Mikkel Boedker.
The Stars returned to Dallas immediately following the game to prepare for their next game against Tampa Bay on Saturday night at American Airlines Center (7:30 p.m., FSN+). The Lightning blasted the New York Rangers, 5-1, on Friday night, with former Dallas goalie Mike Smith making 26 saves in the win.
--Defenseman Nicklas Grossman
returned after missing the last two games because of a groin injury. He replaced Jeff Woywitka
--The Stars lost for the fourth straight time in Phoenix.
--The Stars have gone 1-4-2 since beating Phoenix in regulation on Nov. 15, 2008.
--Dallas has surrendered 14 goals in the last three meetings against the Coyotes.
--The Stars finished 1-for-5 on the power play.