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Stars top Coyotes on Garbutt's shorthanded goal

by Jerry Brown

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- It took a long trip down the ice by Ryan Garbutt for the Dallas Stars to end their long losing streak.

Garbutt went end-to-end, passing the puck to himself off the boards along the way, to score the game-winning, shorthanded goal with 1:16 left to help the Stars snap their seven-game losing streak with a 4-3 win against the Arizona Coyotes at Gila River Arena on Tuesday.

"I was just trying to hold on to it and make sure I cleared it," Garbutt said. "I didn't really have anyone come to me, so I chipped it to myself and just skated as fast as I could."

It looked like the Stars were on their way to an eighth straight loss when they fell behind 2-0 at 11:06 of the second period. But Dallas got back in the game thanks to goals 57 seconds apart from red-hot Tyler Seguin late in the second and took its first lead when Erik Cole buried a Colton Sceviour feed behind Arizona goalie Mike Smith with 4:41 left in the third period.

Mikkel Boedker tied it for Arizona 58 seconds after Cole's goal.

Then Dallas forward Patrick Eaves was called for high sticking with 2:10 left in the third, setting up Garbutt for his shorthanded game-winner.

"For [Garbutt] to score shorthanded and do it in the fashion he did … I have to give our guys credit for fighting through it," Dallas coach Lindy Ruff said. "This could have been another game where it turns and goes the wrong direction. We've made some bad plays and had some bad stuff happen to us. Mentally we haven't handled adversity real well.

"So we give up the goal, we take a penalty … but we found a way to win."

Dallas goalie Kari Lehtonen made 34 saves, and the Stars killed all six Coyotes power plays to end their 0-5-2 slide. The win allowed the Stars to avoid the longest losing streak (eight games) since the franchise moved from Minnesota to Dallas before the 1993-94 season.

Seguin, who had a hat trick in a 5-3 loss against the San Jose Sharks on Saturday, ran his streak of consecutive Dallas goals to five to get the game even after two periods.

"It's great to score, but if you're not winning games, it's not a good feeling," said Seguin, who is tied with the New York Rangers' Rick Nash for the NHL lead in goals with 12. "In my first game in junior, I had a hat trick, but we lost the game. It's a bitter feeling. I want to produce, it's what I'm here for, but getting the win is the great feeling."

Smith made 28 saves for the Coyotes. He is 4-8-0.

It was the second time in as many games the Coyotes lost on a late goal; Frans Nielsen scored with 2:31 left to lift the New York Islanders past Arizona 1-0 on Saturday.

"To win games in this league, you can't make crucial mistakes at the wrong time," Arizona coach Dave Tippett said. "You get a power play with two minutes to go in the game, you have your best players on the ice and you give the game away. It's really disappointing."

Defenseman Connor Murphy got to work early to make sure the Coyotes weren't shut out in back-to-back games, scoring 1:42 into the game with a hard wrist shot from the point over Lehtonen's shoulder to give Arizona a 1-0 lead.

Murphy also had assist on Joe Vitale's first goal with the Coyotes. Vitale, who had not scored since Nov. 30, 2013, when he played for the Pittsburgh Penguins, converted a 2-on-1 with B.J. Crombeen at 11:06 of the second period.

"We didn't play well at all," Ruff said of the first 30 minutes. "We were really tight and not skating."

Arizona outshot Dallas 17-6 in the first period and 37-32 overall.

After a hot start to the season, the Coyotes are 0-for-18 on the power play in the past four games, and that ineptitude with the man advantage played a big role in the outcome of the past two, when they were a combined 0-for-11.

"Since all you guys started writing about how good [the power play] was, it's just gone downhill from there," Tippett said. "We are going to have to look at some stuff, whether we want to change some personnel on it or something."

Seguin scrambled the Arizona defense with a wraparound bid and was all alone at the post to score off the rebound of a Jordie Benn shot from the point at 17:59 of the second.

Then with Murphy in the penalty box for interference, Jason Spezza's pass to the slot missed Jamie Benn but found Seguin in the left circle. Seguin beat Smith from almost the same spot as his first goal to tie the game 2-2 at 18:56.

Seguin had a chance for a hat trick in the third, but he fanned on a chance in close with the net open.

"It proves that you're human sometimes and you don't get all the bounces," he said.

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