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Doan leads Coyotes to fourth straight win

by Brian Compton
Shane Doan is on a roll, and so are his Phoenix Coyotes.

The captain had a goal and two assists and Ilya Bryzgalov made 38 saves as the Coyotes won their fourth straight with a 4-2 victory against the Dallas Stars at the American Airlines Center on Sunday night. It was coach Dave Tippett's first game in Dallas since being fired by the Stars after last season.

"There are a lot of great friends that are on that team," Tippett said. "I had a great time here, seven years is a long time to be in one place, great memories. But I think they've moved on and I've moved on. Once the puck drops, the game's on, just like any other game."

Keith Yandle scored his fourth goal in four games, and Peter Mueller and Radim Vrbata also scored for the Coyotes, who improved to 3-0 against Dallas this season.

"I think that you're naive if you don't see (that the game was special for Tippett)," Doan said. "You hear about it and you read about it, and at the same time we know how good Dallas is and that they're trying to make a run and we want to make it as hard as we can on them."

Steve Ott and Fabian Brunnstrom scored for the Stars, and Alex Auld made 27 saves in his sixth start in eight games. Dallas fired 23 shots in the third period, but Bryzgalov stopped 22 of them.

"We were good in the third," Stars forward Brad Richards said. "We were crashing the net. We figured one of those would go in."

Yandle gave Phoenix a 1-0 lead just 4:41 into the game off a feed from Doan. Mueller doubled the Coyotes' lead at 2:26 of the second on another play that was set up by Doan.

Ott cut the deficit in half when his shot went off the skate of Sami Lepisto and past Bryzgalov at 7:07 of the second, but Vrbata restored the Coyotes' two-goal lead when he beat Auld from the right circle 4:37 into the third.

Brunnstrom made it 3-2 with 7:02 left, knocking in the rebound of his own shot, but Doan beat Auld from the right circle 11 seconds later to make it 4-2. It was his 18th goal of the season.

"We said we wanted to come out strong because we knew they played last night, but they came out skating hard and I don't think we were ready for them," Stars defenseman Nicklas Grossman said.

Panthers 2, Islanders 0 | HIGHLIGHTS

Tomas Vokoun made 33 saves and finished one of the best months of his career as Florida blanked the Isles at the BankAtlantic Center.

It was Vokoun's fourth shutout of the month, although he was rarely tested by an Islanders' team that is struggling mightily to score goals. New York has lost five in a row, while Florida has won seven of its last 11 games.

''We played pretty well and we got the two points, so that's all you can ask for,'' Vokoun said.

Rick DiPietro made 23 saves for the Islanders, who are now off until Thursday when they'll face the Tampa Bay Lightning at the St. Pete Times Forum. Despite the losing streak, New York is still very much alive in the playoff race.

''The key for us is to stay upbeat, stay positive,'' DiPietro said. ''Take the things that we did well from this game and move on. There's no time to pout. It's about getting back on track and winning as many games as you can going into the stretch.''

Jordan Leopold opened the scoring with a power-play goal at 15:45 of the first period before Keith Ballard gave Florida a 2-0 lead in the final moments of the second when he one-timed Cory Stillman's feed past DiPietro for his fourth goal of the season.

''It's a huge goal,'' Panthers coach Pete DeBoer said. ''Goals in the last minute of a period either way are big swings. That was a big one. ... It was nice to get rewarded for the period we played because we created a lot of opportunities, I thought, in the second and hadn't finished any.''

The Islanders outshot the Panthers 13-5 and had a goal by Freddy Meyer waved off when it was ruled the net was knocked off before the puck crossed the goal line. New York also fired wide on several opportunities as key players once again failed to contribute. Rookie center John Tavares has gone 25 games without a power-play tally.

"We had two pretty good periods, and the middle period we didn't generate anything," Isles coach Scott Gordon said. "The biggest problem is we're missing the net. When you're not scoring, maybe you try to be a little too fine."

Kings 3, Devils 2 | HIGHLIGHTS

Terry Murray sees a team that has all the ingredients necessary to make the playoffs. Now it might be up to Los Angeles GM Dean Lombardi to give his coach that one extra superstar or a few depth players so the Kings could become legit Stanley Cup contenders.

Looking like the battle-tested and resilient playoff team they are striving to become, the Kings scored twice in the final 106 seconds Sunday to earn a come-from-behind 3-2 victory over New Jersey at the Prudential Center and finished off their first 5-0 road trip in franchise history.

To read the Kings-Devils recap, CLICK HERE.

Rangers 3, Avalanche 1 | HIGHLIGHTS

The New York Rangers hardly looked like a team in disarray Sunday night.

Marian Gaborik was a one-man wrecking crew with three goals and rookie goalie Chad Johnson, starting in place of flu-ridden Henrik Lundqvist, collected his first career NHL win in the Rangers' victory over the Colorado Avalanche at the Pepsi Center.

To read the Rangers-Avs recap, CLICK HERE.

Material from wire services and broadcast media was used in this report.

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