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|DAL||0||0||0||0||(0 - 0)||2|
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Eriksson put Dallas ahead 1-0 at 3:15 of the first period when he took a behind-the-net pass from Chris Conner and beat Bryzgalov from alone in the slot.
After being outshot 10-5 in the first period, the Coyotes turned up the offensive pressure in the second and third periods.
Coyotes captain Shane Doan had several good scoring chances, including one on a breakaway seconds after he returned to the ice after serving a penalty in the second period. Doan took control of the puck at the Dallas blue line and charged toward Turco, but he lost control of it when he got in close, and the puck hit the left side of the net and trickled away.
“We have to have that game,” Doan said. “We talked about it before the game and we can’t afford to let points slip away. We he had to have it and we let them off the hook.”
Coyotes forward Daniel Carcillo led the team with five shots on goal in 12:41 of ice time.
“I thought Danny had a real solid game,” Coyotes Head Coach Wayne Gretzky said. “He was physical, he had some chances, he was going to the net (and) he made some good plays. I was really happy with him.”
Gretzky said he also was pleased by the line of Kevin Porter, Kyle Turris and Joakim Lindstrom.
“They seemed to be reading off each other,” Gretzky said.
The Stars flirted with taking a 2-0 lead in the final minute of the second period, but the on-ice officials ruled a shot by Erikkson, which got beneath Bryzgalov, did not completely cross the Phoenix goal line. The play was reviewed after time expired and the score remained 1-0.
• The Coyotes have allowed just two third-period goals in the month of December and have scored 12 third-period goals in the eight-game span, during which they have a 4-2-2 record. For the season, Phoenix is outscoring its opponents 30-22 in the third period.
• Coyotes defenseman Zbynek Michalek blocked four shots and leads the NHL with 106.
• Phoenix is 0-4 in overtime games.
• Coyotes forward Daniel Winnik was a healthy scratch for the fourth consecutive game. Defenseman David Hale also was a healthy scratch for the fourth consecutive game. Forward Enver Lisin missed the game because of flu-like symptoms.
• The Stars played minus the following injured players: Jere Lehtinen (upper body), Joel Lundqvist (shoulder), Brenden Morrow (knee), Steve Ott (hand), Stephane Robidas (jaw) and Sergei Zubov (hip).
• Coyotes prospect Maxim Goncharov, selected by the team in the fifth round (123rd overall) of the 2007 NHL Entry Draft, was recently named the top prospect in the Russian League by NHL Central Scouting-Europe. The 19-year-old defenseman is described by Central Scouting as “a strong, mobile skater who likes to join the offensive rush… plays with grit and is strong along the boards.” Now in his second season with CSKA, Goncharov has recorded six goals and three assists with a plus-5 rating in 33 games this season.
• Last Saturday's Coyotes vs. Detroit Red Wings game on Fox Sports Arizona generated the team’s highest television rating of the season and its best rating on the network since the 2006-07 season opener. According to Nielsen Media Research, the telecast recorded a 1.0 rating/2 share in the Phoenix market. This rating means that an average of 18,026 homes in the Valley watched the game. In Phoenix, one rating point represents 18,026 households. A rating is the percentage of all television households in a market, while the share is the percentage of those television sets in use that were tuned into the game.
|Loui Eriksson (13) ASST: Chris Conner (5), Brad Richards (16)|
1 - 0 DAL
|Todd Fedoruk (4) ASST: Peter Mueller (14), Zbynek Michalek (10)|
1 - 1 Tie
|Loui Eriksson (14) ASST: Mike Ribeiro (19), Matt Niskanen (6)|
2 - 1 DAL
|Trevor Daley Interference against Daniel Carcillo|
|Keith Yandle Cross checking against Mike Ribeiro|
|Mark Parrish Holding against Zbynek Michalek|
|Mike Ribeiro Hi-sticking against Ed Jovanovski|
|Shane Doan Hooking against Mike Modano|
|Doug Janik Tripping against Todd Fedoruk|
|Kyle Turris Hi-sticking against Matt Niskanen|
|SA: 30||TOI: 63:39|
|Saves: 28||EV: 24 - 26|
|PIM: 0||PP: 3 - 3|
|SV%: .933||SH: 1 - 1|
|SA: 23||TOI: 63:39|
|Saves: 22||EV: 15 - 16|
|PIM: 0||PP: 6 - 6|
|SV%: .957||SH: 1 - 1|