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Stars hold off Coyotes

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 00:30:44 ET

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Atlantic Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
p-Boston 54 19 9 117 261 177 31-7-3 23-12-6 18-9-3
x-Tampa Bay 46 27 9 101 240 215 25-10-6 21-17-3 19-8-3
x-Montreal 46 28 8 100 215 204 23-13-5 23-15-3 18-8-4
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Florida 29 45 8 66 196 268 16-20-5 13-25-3 13-16-1
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x-Philadelphia 42 30 10 94 236 235 24-14-3 18-16-7 15-11-4
x-Columbus 43 32 7 93 231 216 22-15-4 21-17-3 16-13-1
Washington 38 30 14 90 235 240 21-13-7 17-17-7 12-15-3
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Carolina 36 35 11 83 207 230 18-17-6 18-18-5 15-13-2
NY Islanders 34 37 11 79 225 267 13-19-9 21-18-2 10-16-4
 
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2013 - 2014 NHL Western Conference Standings
 
Central Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
y-Colorado 52 22 8 112 250 220 26-11-4 26-11-4 19-6-3
x-St. Louis 52 23 7 111 248 191 28-9-4 24-14-3 21-6-2
x-Chicago 46 21 15 107 267 220 27-7-7 19-14-8 13-13-3
x-Minnesota 43 27 12 98 207 206 26-10-5 17-17-7 14-12-3
x-Dallas 40 31 11 91 235 228 23-11-7 17-20-4 13-11-5
Nashville 38 32 12 88 216 242 19-17-5 19-15-7 12-13-4
Winnipeg 37 35 10 84 227 237 18-17-6 19-18-4 9-15-5
 
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x-Los Angeles 46 28 8 100 206 174 23-14-4 23-14-4 16-10-3
Phoenix 37 30 15 89 216 231 22-14-5 15-16-10 14-9-6
Vancouver 36 35 11 83 196 223 20-15-6 16-20-5 12-13-4
Calgary 35 40 7 77 209 241 19-19-3 16-21-4 11-15-3
Edmonton 29 44 9 67 203 270 16-22-3 13-22-6 8-17-4
 
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z= clinched overall points title
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Final
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NOR 2
 
Final
PHI 1
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DET 7
CLE 5
Final
MIN 7
TOR 0
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SEA 6
Final
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LOS 2
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SDP 1
COL 3
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MIL 2
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STL 8
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NYY 10
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MIN 9
TOR 5
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BOS 3
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HOU 1
KAN 5
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NYR 4
PHI 1
3rd Intermission
STL 3
CHI 3
 
3rd
COL 2
MIN 4
 
1st Intermission
SJS 3
LOS 0
 
Final
DUR 3
NOR 2