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NHL Game Summary - Phoenix at Dallas



(Saturday, February 8th)

Final Score: Dallas 2, Phoenix 1

Dallas, TX (SportsNetwork.com) - Kari Lehtonen turned aside 26 shots as the Dallas Stars held on for a 2-1 victory over the Phoenix Coyotes at American Airlines Center.

Ray Whitney and Valeri Nichushkin supplied the goals for the Stars, who have won three of their last four. Dallas is now 4-1-1 and has two shutouts in their last six games at home.

"Kari was rock solid," Dallas head coach Lindy Ruff said of Lehtonen. "Maybe he wasn't challenged with a ton of saves but he had to make a couple of real nice saves for us at key times."

Radim Vrbata tallied a late power-play goal and Mike Smith allowed two goals on 33 shots as the Coyotes have now dropped two of their last three.

"We haven't played with enough consistency to put us in the top eight (in the standings) and we are hovering around it," Phoenix head coach Dave Tippett said. "Hopefully around the last stretch drive we can get in and play some consistent hockey to give us a playoff chance."

Whitney got the Stars on the board early after he moved into the Phoenix zone up the left side and stickhandled past a defender to wrist a shot past Smith 2:10 into the opening stanza.

Trevor Daley fired a shot from the middle and Nichushkin batted the puck down off Smith's shoulder and into the net. The play went under review and was ruled to be a good goal with 34 seconds left in the second.

Shane Doan took an interference penalty and Mike Ribeiro went off for unsportsmanlike conduct to give the Stars a 5-on-3 for a full two minutes with 10:39 remaining in the third, but Dallas did not add to their lead.

Phoenix pulled the goalie with 1:38 to play and Vrbata fired a shot past Lehtonen on the power play to account for the final score.

Game Notes

Phoenix defenseman Michael Stone played in his 100th NHL game ... Dallas forward Jamie Benn extended his home point streak to eight games with two assists in the game ... Phoenix forward Antoine Vermette extended his point streak to a career-long 10 games with an assist ... Phoenix defenseman Keith Yandle's assist moved him into a tie for sixth place on the franchise's all- time defensemen assists list (Phil Housley, 195).

02/09 00:30:27 ET

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CLE 13
1st Intermission
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ORST 52
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USF 65
 
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CREI 58
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HC 48
 
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GHND 52
 
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MD 73
Final
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REIN 72
 
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SMISS 55
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TXPA 72
 
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VERM 55
 
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WCU 66
 
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ALAST 63
 
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FIU 69
 
Final
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GOSHEN 55
 
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PEAY 63
 
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BRY 48
 
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SD 67
 
Final
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TENST 47
Final
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LAMON 50
 
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COKR 52
 
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HAMP 75
NARZ 66
 
Final
SDU 71
SDCHR 61
 
Final
BC 71
USC 75
 
Final
NICST 64
TROY 65
 
Final
BRAD 47
UCI 55
 
2nd
UGA 63
SHU 40
 
2nd
ALA 43
APP 45
 
Half
KSU 23
NDST 21
 
1st
WASU 42
SJST 25
 
9:00pm Tonight
UTEP
ALCOR
 
10:00pm Tonight
SEAT
SACST
 
2nd Intermission
DET 0
COL 0
 
2nd Intermission
EDM 5
DAL 3
 
1st Intermission
BOS 1
BUF 0
 
1st Intermission
NYR 1
CAR 0
 
1st Intermission
CHI 2
TOR 0
 
9:00pm Tonight
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PHI
Final
NOS 14
ATL 30
Final
HOU 25
BAL 13
Final
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CLE 13
Final
CHI 14
DET 20
Final
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GBP 20
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PIT 20
KAN 12
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MIA 37
MIN 35
Final
NYJ 16
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STL 27
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BUF 24
 
Final
DAL 42
IND 7
 
8:30pm Tonight
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