GLENDALE, Ariz. – Center Adam Burish said Dallas defenseman Trevor Daley has touted his shootout prowess in practice to anyone who will listen. Still, he knew it would take quite a few rounds and quite a few shooters before he would get a chance under the bright lights.
The scenario finally presented itself Tuesday. After Dallas goalie Kari Lehtonen stopped Phoenix's Daymond Langkow in the eighth round, Daley got his chance and beat Coyotes goalie Mike Smith to cap a late rally and give the Stars a 3-2 win. Dallas needed Burish's goal with 1:01 left in regulation to force overtime and Daley's conversion to cap a 3-1-0 road trip and keep Lehtonen perfect at 7-0-0.
"I thought it would be coming … I was hoping it was coming," Daley said with a grin. "I knew it would take a while to get to me, and it was a little different than practice. But when Kari made the save (on Langkow) it took a little pressure off me. I was more tired than nervous."
For the second time in two weeks, the Coyotes let a one-goal lead slip away to Dallas very late in regulation -- on Oct. 10, Loui Eriksson's goal tied the game with less than 28 seconds left -- and for the second time, the Stars turned the opportunity into two points by prevailing in the shootout.
Phoenix captain Shane Doan scored his 300th NHL goal 8:13 into the third period, and it appeared that the power-play goal would stand up as the game-winner. But Burish, who moved up into Michael Ryder's spot on the first line during the game, slipped in front of Phoenix defenseman Derek Morris and was sitting just outside the crease when Mike Ribeiro feathered a bounce-pass from behind the net. Phoenix goalie Mike Smith trapped Burish's shot under his arm at first but it trickled free and across the goal line.
"Obviously, it would have been way better had we won the game," Doan said of his milestone goal. "I'm sure we'll figure out (how to take care of late leads). We'll get better at it. It's just disappointing. We can't afford to give up these points."
Burish spoiled the happy ending for Doan, but capped a great night for him when he earned a promotion from coach Glen Gulutzan to play with Ribeiro and Eriksson.
"Playing with Ribby, a blind guy could do it – just go to the net and put your stick down and he hits your stick," Burish said of his opportunity "I just kind of waited there and he's kind of a magician. Smith was awesome in net and he got over there pretty quick. It was under his arm for a while and then kind of slid in."
Burish said Daley was confident entering the shootout.
"For the last year, I've heard him complaining about how he never gets to go (in the shootout). He says he's always the champ in practice," Burish said. "So when he got his name called, he hopped over the boards and kind of gave us a look like ‘I've got this guys, don't worry about it.' He had more confidence than I think we knew."
Doan ended the Coyotes' 0-for-14 power-play drought and gave his team the lead when he became just the third player in franchise history to score 300 goals in a Winnipeg/Phoenix uniform – joining Dale Hawerchuk and Keith Tkachuk. It was his 30th career goal against the Stars.
Phoenix coach Dave Tippett said the late defensive breakdown was frustrating.
"The guy is not covered in front of the net … simple as that," Tippett said. "We got a good power-play goal to get us the lead, both teams are playing hard, and we just had a breakdown. It's the same thing in both games against them. You'd like to see that goal stand up for (Doan), it's such a big game for him."
Lehtonen made 33 saves in regulation and seven more in the shootout – allowing just one goal to Patrick O'Sullivan, in the fifth round – to extend his franchise-best winning streak to start a season to seven games. Michael Ryder matched O'Sullivan's goal to extend the shootout and set the stage.
The last six meetings between the two teams have been decided by one goal – with the Stars winning four of them – and the two teams were never separated by more than a goal this time.
Coyotes winger Raffi Torres banked a shot into the net off Lehtonen's pads from an angle just inside the goal line at 7:18 of the first period to put Phoenix in front. It was the first goal as a Coyote for Torres, who became the fourth Phoenix player in the last two games to score his first of the season.
But the Stars controlled the last half of the period. Dailey hit the crossbar with Smith down and out, but Lauri Korpikoski was forced to take a hooking penalty and Dallas cashed in on the ensuing power play. Just one second before the penalty expired, Sheldon Souray loaded up a slap shot that beat Smith over the right shoulder to even the game. It was only the fourth power-play goal in the first 30 chances this season for the Stars.
Before the game, Coyotes general manager Don Maloney addressed the on-going Kyle Turris holdout situation in no uncertain terms – telling Fox Sports Arizona he will not trade the young center. If the two side don't come to a deal by Dec. 1, Turris will be unable to play for anyone in the NHL for the rest of the season.
"We're not trading Kyle Turris," Maloney said. "It's very simple. If he wants to play in the NHL this year, he's going to play for us. We are not going to trade him under any circumstances. I don't care who offers us anything. We like Kyle, we think he can help us and hopefully he will come back to us."
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