Game Recap

Stars 3, Coyotes 2

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:51 AM

Associated Press

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

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) -After dropping three straight and five of their previous six games, the Dallas Stars came up a complete team effort against the Phoenix Coyotes.

Loui Eriksson scored twice to lead the Stars to a 3-2 victory Saturday night.

"It's good for the confidence to get this win," said Mike Ribeiro, who had three assists. "We played much better defense and when you focus on defense, you have a better chance to win."

To complement Ribeiro's effort, Mark Parrish added a power-play goal, and Marty Turco made 25 saves for his fifth win of the season and the 212th of his NHL career.

The Stars won in Phoenix for the 10th time in the last 14 meetings the desert.

"This is the kind of effort from which we can build," Stars center Mike Modano said. "We're noted for playing good defense and, if you're playing that game at its peak, we're a tough team to beat."

Steve Reinprecht and Kevin Porter scored for the Coyotes, who fell to 5-3 at home.

"We didn't fire on all cylinders," Phoenix coach Wayne Gretzky said. "We had one line and one player playing well, and didn't have enough out of everybody."

Eriksson also had a two-goal game against the New York Islanders on Oct. 23.

Eriksson scored his first goal on a backhander with 2:54 left in the opening period. Rushing down the right wing, Eriksson converted a pass off the boards from Ribeiro into his seventh goal of the season.

The lead could have been larger, but Phoenix killed off a double-minor to Olli Jokinen for high-sticking just 30 seconds into the game.

The Coyotes evened matters when Reinprecht scored at 2:32 of the second period. Reinprecht used Kyle Turris, just outside the crease, as a decoy and then slid the puck behind Turco for his third of the season.

Tied for 22nd in the NHL in power-play goals, the Stars went ahead with the man advantage. Parrish scored his third-power play goal, and fourth of the season, when he tipped in Sergei Zubov's shot from the blue line at 8:13 of the middle session.

Eriksson picked up his second of the game when he scored off a goalmouth scramble with 55 seconds left in the second period.

Phoenix came back 16 seconds later when the rookie Porter, last season's college player of the year at the University of Michigan, converted a centering pass from Mikkel Boedker into his third of the season.

The Coyotes had an opportunity to tie it late. Stars' Sean Avery was whistled for a holding minor at 12:45 of the final period, but Phoenix failed to convert.

In the final seconds, Turco robbed Jokinen in close on a set-up from Reinprecht.

"It was a bang-bag play," Reinprecht said. "The puck slid through a few guys to Olli and (Turco) made a great save. Another inch to the left and it's in, but that's the way it goes."

Notes: Modano needs six points to reach 1,300 in his 19-year NHL career. He would be the 31st player in league history to reach this level. ... Ribeiro had his second three-point game of the season.... Phoenix has lost two straight after winning three in a row.

scoring summary
1st Period
Loui Eriksson (7) ASST: Mike Ribeiro (14), Stephane Robidas (7)
1 - 0 DAL
2nd Period
Steve Reinprecht (3) ASST: Keith Yandle (7), Shane Doan (8)
1 - 1 Tie
PPG - Mark Parrish (4) ASST: Sergei Zubov (3), Mike Ribeiro (15)
2 - 1 DAL
Loui Eriksson (8) ASST: Toby Petersen (2), Mike Ribeiro (16)
3 - 1 DAL
Kevin Porter (3) ASST: Mikkel Boedker (3), Martin Hanzal (8)
3 - 2 DAL
3rd Period
Power Play Stats
Power Plays1/30/2
Power Play %26.9%15.7%
% on Road33.3%18.0%
% at Home22.5%12.1%
League Rank2nd25th
penalty summary
1st Period
Olli Jokinen  Hi stick - double minor against  Trevor Daley
2nd Period
Sean Avery  Holding against  Keith Yandle
Viktor Tikhonov  Hooking against  Sean Avery
Steve Ott  Unsportsmanlike conduct against  Daniel Carcillo
Daniel Carcillo  Unsportsmanlike conduct against  Steve Ott
Steve Ott  Fighting (maj) against  Daniel Carcillo
Daniel Carcillo  Fighting (maj) against  Steve Ott
3rd Period
Martin Hanzal  Elbowing against  Toby Petersen
Toby Petersen  Slashing against  Martin Hanzal
Sean Avery  Hooking against  Keith Yandle
goalie stats
Marty Turco
SA: 27TOI: 60:00
Saves: 25EV: 20 - 22
PIM: 0PP: 4 - 4
SV%: .926SH: 1 - 1
Ilya Bryzgalov
SA: 19TOI: 59:37
Saves: 16EV: 10 - 12
PIM: 0PP: 5 - 6
SV%: .842SH: 1 - 1