|PHX||1||1||2||(0 - 0)||4|
|DAL||0||1||0||(0 - 0)||1|
By Steve Hunt | NHL.com Correspondent
DALLAS - Mike Smith stopped 28 shots and 10 skaters had at least one point for Phoenix as the Coyotes beat the Dallas Stars, 4-1, on Tuesday night at American Airlines Center to extend their winning streak to three games.
"That's three games we've played how we want to play or how we have to play," Coyotes Head Coach Dave Tippett said. "We've got a lot of people really committed into doing things that make you win hockey games."
Phoenix (25-21-8) got goals by Keith Yandle in the first period, Radim Vrbata in the second, and Raffi Torres and Derek Morris in the third to move ahead of Dallas into ninth place in the Western Conference standings. The Coyotes are even with eighth-place Minnesota at 58 points, two ahead of Dallas (27-23-2), but are ninth because they have played one more game than the Wild.
Dallas' lone goal came from Michael Ryder in the second period. Kari Lehtonen allowed four goals on 24 shots as the Coyotes improved to 3-0-1 in their last four trips to Dallas.
Yandle gave the visitors the lead just 4:43 into the game when his long slapper from the left side hit a Dallas player and beat Lehtonen through the five-hole for his seventh of the season.
"We wanted to push back. We knew that they were going to try to come at us hard because of the back-to-back and we wanted to push back," Tippett said. "Coming out of the first period up 1-0, that was a good push back."
Dallas tied the score 2:34 into the second when Ryder zipped a wrister from well inside the right faceoff circle just over Smith's blocker for his team-high 19th goal. Lehtonen preserved the lead 18 seconds later when he made a huge diving glove save on a shot by Ray Whitney.
Stars rookie defenseman Philip Larsen took a stick to the face at 7:02 of the second period, resulting in a double minor to Coyotes forward Mikkel Boedker. Dallas had four shots during the four-minute power play but the Stars were unable to convert.
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Boedker nearly redeemed himself just seconds after leaving the box, but his shot at an open Dallas net went wide.
The Coyotes went ahead to stay when Vrbata scored his team-high 25th of the season at 14:30 of the second (see KEY MOMENT below).
Lehtonen had to change masks 2:04 into the final period when he stopped a long slapper by Phoenix defenseman Adrian Aucoin with his head, sending the Dallas goaltender to the ice. But after a short delay to get Lehtonen a new mask, play resumed.
However, the Coyotes took command when Torres beat Lehtonen over the shoulder from the lower left circle at 5:41 of the third. Morris added an insurance goal at 16:09.
"We weren't very good again," Stars Head Coach Glen Gulutzan said. "Even with a real good goalie performance, we got outworked by a team that played last night."
► EDITOR'S NOTE: Dave Vest of phoenixcoyotes.com edited this story and compiled this recap.
|Keith Yandle (7) ASST: Kyle Chipchura (12), Gilbert Brule (2)|
1 - 0 PHX
|Michael Ryder (19) ASST: Philip Larsen (5)|
1 - 1 Tie
|Radim Vrbata (25) ASST: Rostislav Klesla (8), Ray Whitney (32)|
2 - 1 PHX
|Raffi Torres (9) ASST: Michal Rozsival (7), Daymond Langkow (14)|
3 - 1 PHX
|Derek Morris (1) ASST: Radim Vrbata (20), Ray Whitney (33)|
4 - 1 PHX
|Mikkel Boedker Hi stick - double minor against Philip Larsen|
|Vernon Fiddler Tripping against Shane Doan|
|Kyle Chipchura Roughing against Tomas Vincour|
|Rostislav Klesla Holding against Steve Ott|
|SA: 29||TOI: 60:00|
|Saves: 28||EV: 19 - 20|
|PIM: 0||PP: 9 - 9|
|SV%: .966||SH: 0 - 0|
|SA: 24||TOI: 60:00|
|Saves: 20||EV: 16 - 20|
|PIM: 0||PP: 3 - 3|
|SV%: .833||SH: 1 - 1|