Through two periods, the Coyotes were looking good, hanging on to a 1-0 lead. But 52 seconds later, all those good feelings were gone.
The Stars wasted no time tying up the game and then taking the lead in the third period. Rookie John Klingberg scored his first-career NHL goal just 19 seconds into the frame. Then Cody Eakin scored a goal in his second consecutive game just 33 seconds later to get Dallas the 2-1 lead. The Stars never looked back from there. A bad goal allowed by Mike Smith later on in the period gave Dallas the 3-1 final.
The first two periods were much better for the Coyotes than the third.
After a Jyrki Jokipakka cross-checking penalty with just over seven minutes left in the first period, the Coyotes generated a ton of pressure throughout the power play, resulting in four shots. Lauri Korpikoski was the one who finally benefited from all the pressure, swatting home the puck to put Arizona up 1-0 with 20 seconds left on the man-advantage. It was a far cry from Dallas' power play earlier in the period, which was discombobulated for the entire two minutes.
The first was largely uneventful, with a lot of back-and-forth action. Each team finished the stanza with nine shots on net. With just over a minute left, a huge pileup in Mike Smith's crease created the best scoring chance for the Stars. Smith also went down awkwardly, but stayed in the game.
Arizona got another power play early in the second on a weird closed hand call on John Klingberg. The Coyotes weren't able to capitalize on it, but still looked really good during the two minutes, especially Sam Gagner.
Later on in the period, after a couple of hard shots from Shane Doan and Oliver Ekman-Larsson, the Stars came right down the ice and got the puck past Smith, but the goal was disallowed because of goaltender interference on the part of Brenden Dillon. The Yotes led the period in the shots category 10-9.
Keith Yandle almost brought the game back to even four minutes into the third after a sick move on Tyler Seguin, but rang the puck off the post. Jason Spezza capped off the night by putting in the third and final Dallas goal with just over four minutes left after taking the puck behind the net and all the way around. Smith just didn't get to the post in time.
- Sam Gagner recorded his 200th career assist on the first period goal by Korpikoski
- This was the second time this year Dallas scored two goals within a minute of each other against the Coyotes.
- Dallas was 0-5-2 in their last seven home games before this game. The Coyotes are now 4-6-1 on the road this year.
- David Schlemko picked up the only two penalties called against the Coyotes.
- Arizona only had seven giveaways. Dallas had 16. The Stars led in takeaways (12-9) and blocked shots (16-10) though.
- Dallas perspective: Defending Big D
1. Kari Lehtonen. Aside from the one goal allowed on the first period power play, Lehtonen looked really good for the rest of the game. He stopped 24-of-25 shots on the night.
2. Ales Hemsky. Two assists for Hemsky made him the only player with a multi-point game. He also had a takeaway.
3. Sam Gagner. He got that assist on the lone Coyote goal, but he looked really good the entire night.