GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) _ For the fourth straight home game, the Phoenix
Coyotes had an early two-goal lead. This time, they built on it.
Daymond Langkow and Ladislav Nagy had a goal and an assist apiece and Mike
Comrie scored his first goal with the Coyotes, who ended an eight-game winless
streak by beating the Dallas Stars 3-2 Saturday night.
Phoenix scored three times in its first 11 shots _ getting just enough of an
edge to hold off a Dallas team that was 6-0-2 in eight previous games.
``The most impressive thing about tonight's game was the fact we held on to
it against a pretty good team,'' coach Bob Francis said. ``Up by two, the next
challenge was to get that third one, which we didn't do in that last game and
haven't done on a couple of occasions.''
Brian Boucher had 32 saves a night after giving up four goals in a 5-2 loss
to the New York Islanders.
``I think we relaxed tonight, played with composure and got the job done,''
Coyotes captain Shane Doan had two assists and won the first star for his
work in the third period, which included forcing Stars goalie Marty Turco into
a roughing penalty after Doan intercepted two clearing passes while bottling up
Dallas in its own end.
Doan missed an empty net with 40 seconds to go, but figured in his team's
ability to hold on against six attackers the final 1:11. Phoenix was 0-6-1-1
since beating Detroit 5-2 on Jan. 24.
Pierre Turgeon and Brenden Morrow had power-play goals for the Stars, who
lost for the first time after a 6-0-2 run.
Turco, who leads the NHL in wins with 26, had 18 saves.
``They're a desperate hockey team right now,'' Dallas coach Dave Tippett
said. ``We have to come out and match that desperation. We've got to get our
legs going, win some races to loose pucks.''
Morrow tightened the game with the only goal of the third period _ a wrist
shot over Boucher 4:05 in after a crossing pass from Bill Guerin glanced off
Jason Arnott and went to Morrow. The sequence began with Mike Modano hitting
the right goalpost.
The Coyotes' skates figured in their first goal _ Jan Hrdina kicked the puck
to Nagy, whose crossing pass went in off Langkow's skate 3:47 in.
Comrie, acquired Monday from Philadelphia for goalie Sean Burke, made it 2-0
with 40.1 seconds left in the first period.
The center, playing on the Flyers' fourth line before the trade, has been
skating with Doan, the Coyotes' captain, and Brian Savage. The combination
clicked when Doan got the puck to Savage on the left wing.
Savage pulled up above the circle and sent a shot off Turco's pads. Comrie
moved in from the right and flipped the rebound over the sprawling goalie on
the far side.
In a pivotal sequence midway through the second period, Arnott got the puck
past Boucher, but the goal was disallowed because Steve Ott drew a roughing
penalty for scuffling with Tyson Nash of Phoenix.
``I grazed his cheek and he acted like his face fell off,'' a disappointed
The Coyotes capitalized when Doan passed across to Nagy, whose slap shot
from the point went in through traffic 7:33 into the period and 56 seconds into
``That third goal was big,'' Doan said. ``You know, we get the third one,
and it makes a huge difference. We still have a two-goal lead when they score,
and you're still in control.''
Turgeon cut it to 3-1 at the 9:19 mark, scooping the puck over Boucher, but
the goalie made nine more saves before the period ended and 13 more in the