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Stars 5, Coyotes 1

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 1:49 AM

Associated Press

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Stars 5, Coyotes 1
Dallas Stars 5, Phoenix Coyotes 1

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) - Niko Kapanen scored three goals, Sergei Zubov added three assists and the Dallas Stars beat the Coyotes 5-1 Thursday night.

The Coyotes lost for the fifth time in the first seven games of their season-long 10-game homestand (2-4-1) and remained in 12th place in the Western Conference, eight points behind idle Los Angeles for the eighth playoff spot.

"We feel we're still in the hunt. You lose anymore and you won't be," Doan said. "The way that we've played in this homestand, it's hard to explain."

Dallas goalie Johan Hedberg made 35 saves. Brenden Morrow and Bill Guerin also scored for the surging Stars, who won for the eighth time in nine games (8-0-1).

Phoenix recorded 14 first-period shots but had almost no legitimate scoring chances. The Coyotes' best opportunity came with 7:52 left in the first, when Mike Comrie got a step behind the Stars' defense only to have his shot stopped easily by Hedberg.

"I haven't played too much lately, so I tried to be really focused and make sure that I am ready for whatever comes at me," Hedberg said.

Geoff Sanderson finally put Phoenix on the board on its 32nd shot, beating Hedberg on a sharp wrist shot from between the circles at 9:52 of the third period to cut Dallas' lead to 4-1.

Dallas capitalized on its relatively few opportunities, scoring on its fourth shot of the game when Guerin took a pass from Jason Arnott in front of the net and beat Curtis Joseph on a one-timer at 7:39 of the first.

A pair of second-period power-play goals put the game out of reach. Kapanen made it 2-0 at 5:33 of the second when he reached behind Joseph in the crease to tap a loose puck into the net. Morrow extended the lead to 3-0 at 15:32 on a hard shot from between the circles.

"The message today was to prepare for our game and what we need to do to win," Dallas coach Dave Tippett said. "Tonight is the night that it was really put to the test because you cannot get caught up in everything that is going around."

Kapanen got his second goal with 2.7 seconds left in the second period, chipping a long rebound over Joseph's shoulder from the right of the net.

"We like Kapanen's game when he's not scoring, but when he does score it just jumps out at you," Tippett said. "You'll see over the next few weeks in the Olympics how important he is to Team Finland."

Kapanen completed his first career hat trick with a short-handed goal with 4:03 left in the game.

"It's nice to score goals," Kapanen said. "Even one is nice for me. Three in a row is unbelievable. That was my day for sure."

Notes: Kapanen had never scored more than one goal in a game. ... Hedberg was making his first start since Jan. 18, and his first appearance since Jan. 21. ... Zubov has points in 15 of his last 21 games, with five goals and 18 assists during that span.

scoring summary
1st Period
07:39
DAL
PPG - Bill Guerin (10) ASST: Jason Arnott (31), Jussi Jokinen (24)
1 - 0 DAL
2nd Period
05:33
DAL
PPG - Niko Kapanen (6) ASST: Bill Guerin (21), Sergei Zubov (35)
2 - 0 DAL
15:32
DAL
PPG - Brenden Morrow (18) ASST: Jere Lehtinen (11), Sergei Zubov (36)
3 - 0 DAL
19:57
DAL
Niko Kapanen (7) ASST: Jason Arnott (32), Sergei Zubov (37)
4 - 0 DAL
3rd Period
09:56
PHX
PPG - Geoff Sanderson (17) ASST: Dennis Seidenberg (10), Keith Ballard (25)
4 - 1 DAL
15:57
DAL
SHG - Niko Kapanen (8) ASST: Niklas Hagman (8), Jon Klemm (4)
5 - 1 DAL
penalty summary
1st Period
06:05
PHX
Mike Comrie  Slashing against  Jussi Jokinen
08:54
DAL
Niklas Hagman  Hooking
12:45
PHX
Paul Mara  Holding
2nd Period
04:41
PHX
Geoff Sanderson  Slashing against  Jussi Jokinen
06:18
DAL
Martin Skoula  Hooking
11:23
DAL
Stu Barnes  Hi-sticking against  Steve Reinprecht
12:20
DAL
Jason Arnott  Hi-sticking
14:04
PHX
Mike Johnson  Interference - Goalkeeper against  Johan Hedberg
15:02
PHX
Steve Reinprecht  Hi-sticking against  Sergei Zubov
17:12
DAL
Jason Arnott  Unsportsmanlike conduct
3rd Period
06:31
DAL
Steve Ott  Fighting against  Mike Ricci
06:31
PHX
Mike Ricci  Fighting against  Steve Ott
09:03
DAL
Jussi Jokinen  Slashing against  Shane Doan
12:23
PHX
Dave Scatchard  Slashing against  Brenden Morrow
15:09
DAL
Stu Barnes  Tripping against  Oleg Saprykin
17:38
PHX
Oleg Saprykin  Interference - Goalkeeper against  Johan Hedberg
19:55
PHX
Geoff Sanderson  Hooking against  Niklas Hagman
goalie stats
Johan Hedberg
Johan Hedberg
SA: 36TOI: 60:00
Saves: 35EV: 25 - 25
PIM: 0PP: 9 - 10
SV%: .972SH: 1 - 1
Curtis Joseph
SA: 30TOI: 60:00
Saves: 25EV: 18 - 19
PIM: 0PP: 7 - 10
SV%: .833SH: 0 - 1
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