NHL.com DALLAS-- After getting a game-tying goal from winger Loui Eriksson late in the third period, the Dallas Stars went on to a 2-1 shootout win over the Coyotes at the American Airlines Center on Monday night.
Dallas center Mike Ribeiro had the deciding goal in the shootout, knocking the puck under the right arm of Phoenix goaltender Mike Smith. Eriksson also scored for Dallas in the shootout.
Eriksson scored his regulation goal (see KEY MOMENT below) with 27.1 seconds left, nearly 15 minutes after Vrbata made the score 1-0 with a power-play goal at 5:55 of the third. Vrbata's first goal of the season, which was scored on a tap-in, came just nine seconds after Dallas (2-1-0) was whistled for having too many men on the ice for the second time in the game.
Phoenix's goal came on its sixth power play of the game. Prior to allowing that tally, Dallas had been 9-for-9 on the penalty kill at home this season.
The game was scoreless after 40 minutes. In the opening period, Phoenix had the bulk of the quality scoring chances. At 11:17, Lehtonen denied Raffi Torres at close range and a shot by Doan at 13:37 struck a post.
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Dallas and Phoenix combined for five power plays in the first 20 minutes but neither side converted a single chance into anything tangible.
In the second period, the Stars and Coyotes combined to go on the power play just twice. The best opportunity of the frame came for Dallas at 4:01 when a shot by Steve Ott was quashed by Smith who came up with a solid glove save.
And just over a minute before Vrbata's goal, Eriksson nearly put the home side ahead at 4:50 but instead saw his 13-foot wrister clang off the right post instead of finding the back of the net.
Just 25 seconds into overtime, the Stars put themselves behind the eight ball when captain Brenden Morrow was called for a high stick. The Dallas PK rose to the challenge and killed Phoenix's eighth power play of the game.
► EDITOR'S NOTE: Dave Vest of phoenixcoyotes.com compiled this recap.
Trailing 1-0, Stars forward Loui Eriksson redirected a blast from teammate Sheldon Souray from the left point at 19:32 of the final period. Eriksson's deflection beat Coyotes goalie Mike Smith high over his right shoulder.
• Before the game, the Coyotes placed defenseman Michal Rozsival on the injured reserve list because of an upper-body injury he suffered in Saturday's game at San Jose. Chris Summers was recalled from the AHL to replace him. Click here to read more.
• Captain Shane Doan marked his 35th birthday by assisting on Radim Vrbata's goal and netting Phoenix's lone shootout goal.
• Defenseman Keith Yandle led all players with eight shots on goal.
• The Coyotes' next game is Thursday vs. Nashville at the Bridgestone Arena. The puck drops at 5 p.m. (Arizona time). The game can be seen on Fox Sports Arizona and can be heard on XTRA Sports 910 (AM).
"All in all, it was a lot better effort (than at San Jose on Saturday). If we play like that we're going to get more wins than losses."
"I thought our guys really competed hard and we did a lot of little things well tonight. It was too bad we didn't get two points."
"We found a way to get a big goal there at the end...We got two points and you never know when that extra point is going to be huge for you."
• Oct. 10, 2011: DAL 2, PHX 1 (SO)
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