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Coyotes 2, Stars 1, SO

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 1:49 AM
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Coyotes 2, Stars 1, SO
Dallas Stars 1, Phoenix Coyotes 2

By Dave Vest | Anthony Perez
GLENDALE -- Goalie Ilya Bryzgalov made a career-high 44 saves to lead the Coyotes to a 2-1 shootout victory over the Dallas Stars on Tuesday night at Arena.

With the win, the Coyotes climbed to 95 points and remained in fourth place in the congested Western Conference standings with four games left in their season.

• Click here to see the conference standings.

Bryzgalov allowed Stars forward Jamie Benn to score a goal in the second period and another one in the first round of the shootout. Aside from that, Bryzgalov was perfect.

“He was a focused guy all day today so we knew he would have a bounce-back game,” Coyotes Head Coach Dave Tippett said. “You watch him in morning skate and he’s just really dialed in. He was solid.”

Radim Vrbata scored a goal in the second round of the shootout and Ray Whitney clinched the win by scoring a goal in the fifth round. For Whitney, it was his first shootout goal in four tries this season.

The Coyotes twice hit posts with shots - one by Taylor Pyatt and the other by Rostislav Klesla - before starting the scoring. Phoenix eventually took a 1-0 lead at the 12:09 mark of the second period when David Schlemko fired a shot from the point through traffic and past Stars goaltender Kari Lehtonen just three seconds after Phoenix’s lone power play expired.

Dallas drew even when Benn scored a power-play goal at 17:34 of the second period with Coyotes center Vernon Fiddler sitting in the penalty box for hooking.

There was no scoring in the third period nor the overtime, although the teams combined for 25 shots during that time.

After Coyotes captain Shane Doan failed to score in Phoenix’s half of the shootout’s first round, Benn beat Bryzgalov with a shot Bryzgalov believed he’d saved.

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In the second round, Vrbata, who is 6 for 9 in shootouts this season, backhanded a shot past Lehtonen to put the pressure back on Dallas.

Neither team scored in the next two rounds, but Whitney’s attempt trickled through Lehtonen’s legs and into the goal in the fifth. With a chance to force a sixth round, Loui Eriksson had his attempt stopped by Bryzgalov and Phoenix’s on-ice celebration began.

"I felt good, but I'm sure I lost a couple of pounds," Bryzgalov said of his busy night. "But it's OK, I was overweight anyway."

With the victory, the Coyotes moved to 3-2-0 on their season-high six-game homestand that concludes on Friday against the Colorado Avalanche.


A goal scored by Coyotes forward Lee Stempniak late in the second period was waved off after referee Kelly Sutherland ruled that forward Taylor Pyatt made incidental contact with Stars goalie Kari Lehtonen in the crease before the puck crossed the goal line.

Coyotes Head Coach Dave Tippett didn't understand the call.

"I understand incidental contact but (Pyatt was) two feet outside the crease," Tippett said. "Where do you want him to go, away from him? It's a tough call for the referees and I can see them protecting the goalies. We'd probably be mad if somebody was in Bryz's face, but you have to be consistent. As the desperation gets higher, you get closer and go harder to the net and you'll see more of that."


• Goalie Ilya Bryzgalov moved into a tie with Bob Essensa atop the franchise's all-time wins list. Both have 129 victories.

• Center Vernon Fiddler returned to the lineup after missing Saturday's game vs. San Jose because of a lower-body injury. Though not playing at 100 percent health, Fiddler logged 20:42 of ice time, delivered four hits and won 10 of 19 faceoffs.

• Center Andrew Ebbett won 10 of 13 faceoffs.

• The Coyotes scratched Paul Bissonnette, Oliver Ekman-Larsson, Martin Hanzal (lower-body injury) and Lauri Korpikoski (upper-body injury).

• The Coyotes' next game is Friday vs. Colorado at Arena. The puck drops at 7 p.m. (Arizona time). The game can be seen on Fox Sports Arizona and can be heard on XTRA Sports 910 (AM).
"I'm not thinking about big game or not big game, I just came on the ice to enjoy the game. We just needed the points. When you play desperate hockey, you give yourself a better chance to win." "The trainers did a great job and it was just about getting out there and getting hit that first time. We needed those two points and it was up to the guys with the letters on their jerseys to step up." "We deserved to win tonight and we didn't get it. Their goalie was terrific tonight. He was the difference for them and they needed every one of the saves that they got. I thought we were the better team."
Bryzgalov Fiddler Crawford
  • Nov. 5, 2010: DAL 6, PHX 3
  • Dec. 26, 2010: PHX 1, DAL 0
• Feb. 9, 2011: PHX 3, DAL 2
  • Dec. 11, 2010: PHX 5, DAL 2
• March 1, 2011: DAL 3, PHX 2
  • March 29, 2011: PHX 2, DAL 1 (SO)
scoring summary
1st Period
2nd Period
David Schlemko (4) ASST: Michal Rozsival (15), Eric Belanger (24)
1 - 0 PHX
PPG - Jamie Benn (22) ASST: Stephane Robidas (25), Jamie Langenbrunner (22)
1 - 1 Tie
3rd Period
OT Period
1S. DoanJ. Benn
2R. VrbataB. Richards
3M. BoedkerM. Ribeiro
4L. StempniakJ. Williams
5R. WhitneyL. Eriksson
penalty summary
1st Period
Mikkel Boedker  Tripping against  Brenden Morrow
2nd Period
Mike Ribeiro  Slashing against  Ray Whitney
Vernon Fiddler  Hooking against  Trevor Daley
3rd Period
OT Period
goalie stats
Kari Lehtonen
Kari Lehtonen
SA: 27TOI: 64:56
Saves: 26EV: 26 - 27
PIM: 0PP: 0 - 0
SV%: .963SH: 0 - 0
Ilya Bryzgalov
Ilya Bryzgalov
SA: 45TOI: 65:00
Saves: 44EV: 39 - 39
PIM: 0PP: 5 - 6
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