Photo Credit: Dallas Stars
Phoenix - Mikael Tellqvist
Dallas - Mike Smith
On Sunday night, the Phoenix Coyotes found themselves locked in a back-and-forth battle that eventually went to overtime before the Dallas Stars came out on top by the final score of 5-4.
The first two minutes of the contest saw neither club register a single shot on net, but at the three minute mark, the Stars offense began to find their rhythm as they reeled off three consecutive shots on goal. However, Phoenix goaltender Mikael Tellqvist stood his ground in the crease and kept the puck out of the net.
Phoenix would get their first shot on goal at 3:41 of the opening period and made it count as left wing Fredrik Sjostrom raced in from the left side and snapped a wrist shot that beat Dallas netminder Mike Smith for his eighth goal of the season and a 1-0 Coyotes lead.
Unfortunately, the Coyotes lead would be short lived as Dallas tied the game at 5:33 of the first when Brendan Morrow tipped a pass from linemate Stu Barnes at the top of the crease, sending the puck past Tellqvist for his 11th goal of the year.
The Coyotes power play would get their first opportunity at 12:15 of the period as Stars' center Jeff Halpern was called for hooking. Despite the extra attacker, Phoenix had a tough time penetrating the Dallas defense and sustaining an offensive attack. As a result, the Stars were able to kill off the penalty to Halpern and return to full strength, still tied at 1-1.
With 4:55 remaining in the period, the Stars took their first lead of the game when forward Niklas Hagman grabbed a loose puck behind the net and somehow managed to bank it off Tellqvist and into the Phoenix net for a 2-1 Dallas lead. Hagman's goal was his 17th and his ninth point against the Coyotes this year.
With just seconds left on the clock in the first period of play, Dallas center Mike Modano raced into the Phoenix zone and whipped a backhand shot on goal that hit the post and deflected into the corner, keeping the Stars lead at 2-1 after one period of play.
At 2:32 of the second, Coyotes forward Daniel Carcillo and Dallas' Krys Barch, dropped the gloves inside the Phoenix zone for the first fight of the evening. After losing his balance early, Carcillo returned to his feet where he traded blows before finally being separated near the boards.
Shortly after the battle between Carcillo and Barch, the Coyotes power play unit was sent back to the ice when Dallas defenseman Philippe Boucher was called for hooking. Phoenix would need just four seconds of the man-advantage as Owen Nolan won the face-off inside the Stars zone back to Derek Morris at the point, where Morris blasted a shot past Smith to tie the game at 2-2.
Just over two minutes later, the Coyotes were able to re-take the lead when a great individual effort by former Star Mathias Tjarnqvist eventually saw the puck find the stick of Phoenix defenseman Nick Boynton at the point. Boynton then put a wrist shot on goal that hit some traffic in front of the net before sailing past Smith for a 3-2 Coyotes lead. Jeremy Roenick and Owen Nolan were credited with assists on Boynton's first goal of the season.
The Stars reacted to Boynton's goal by pulling Mike Smith from the net in favor of All-Star netminder Marty Turco.
Phoenix would take two penalties in a span of 2:25 following the goal by Boynton. Fortunately for Phoenix, they would be able to keep the Dallas attack contained to the perimeter and allowed Tellqvist to keep a clear view of the puck. As a result, the Coyotes successfully killed off both infractions and returned to five-on-five hockey still holding a 3-2 advantage.
The final seconds of the period saw a scrum in front of the Phoenix net, but Tellqvist managed to keep the puck out of the goal and lead the Coyotes into the second intermission with a one-goal lead.
At 3:25 of the third, Phoenix forward Mike Zigomanis took a hooking penalty, giving the Stars a chance to even the score early in the third period. While the Stars technically wouldn't score on the man-advantage, Dallas did manage to tie the game at 3-3 on the very second that the penalty to Zigomanis expired. This time it was Mike Ribeiro who found the back of the net as he forced Tellqvist to commit into trying to poke the puck in front of him, only to have Ribeiro pull the puck back and stuff it into the Coyotes goal.
With just over seven minutes to play in the third, Shane Doan broke free from Dallas defenseman Sergei Zubov and raced in on the Stars' goal. However Zubov hooked him to the ice before he could get a shot off, resulting in a penalty to Zubov and a penalty shot for Doan.
On the play, Doan tried to hold the puck as long as he could before trying to go upstairs, but was stopped by the arm of Turco just before the puck was to head into the net.
While Phoenix had planned to use the following hooking penalty as a consolation to the missed penalty shot, the power play lasted less than a minute before blueliner Keith Ballard was called for roughing at 13:33 of the third. The situation became even worse at 14:59 of the period when Doan was called for slashing, resulting in a five-on-three for nearly 30-seconds.
The Stars went after the Coyotes to try and regain the lead, and with 4:24 left in regulation, just three seconds after the penalty to Ballard expired, Dallas' Zubov fired a wrist shot form the slot at beat Tellqvist to give the Stars a 4-3 lead. Following the goal by Zubov, Coyotes defenseman Derek Morris broke his stick in frustration, causing the officials to administer a 10-minute misconduct to the blueliner.
At 16:44 of the third, Stars netminder Marty Turco fired a puck at Shane Doan following a whistle, resulting in an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty to the Dallas goalie. Then 45-seconds later, Stars defenseman Philippe Boucher was assessed a hooking penalty, giving Phoenix a five-on-three power play.
Shortly after play resumed, the Coyotes gave themselves a three-man advantage when they pulled Joseph from the net in favor of an extra attacker. The multitude of Coyotes proved to be too much for the Stars as Doan blasted a slap shot from the slot, past Turco to tie the game at 4-4 and eventually send the contest to overtime.
In the extra session, the Coyotes found themselves shorthanded at 3:33 of overtime as Boynton was called for interference after he and Dallas defenseman Darryl Sydor collided near the stars goal.
The power play would be all Dallas needed as Boucher's slap shot from the slot was stopped, but Ribeiro was able to grab the rebound, with 40-seconds left on the clock and stuff it past the leg of Tellqvist and into the net for his second goal of the night; as the Coyotes fell to Dallas in overtime by the final score of 5-4.