The Dallas Stars lost for the fourth time in five road games this season, falling 2-0 to the Phoenix Coyotes at Jobing.com Arena Saturday night.
The Stars, who are 1-4-1 in their six games, dropped to 3-5-1 on the season.
The Stars were able to muster only 17 shots on goal against Phoenix goaltender Mike Smith, who recorded his first shutout of the season. Nick Johnson and Mikkel Boedker scored goals for Phoenix, which is 3-4-2 on the season.
Richard Bachman, making his first start of the season, stopped 32 of 34 shots.
The Stars fell to 0-3-0 in the second game of back-to-backs this season, and 1-14-2 in the second game of back-to-backs over the past two seasons.
Penalty problems again
The Stars were shorthanded seven times in Saturday’s game. They were able to kill off the first five, but Phoenix scored on the sixth one early in the third period to extend their lead to 2-0 in the game. The Coyotes seventh power play came late in the game. The Stars had one power play in the game, and it lasted just 41 seconds. For the season, the Stars have been shorthanded 45 times and have had 28 power plays. That’s a minus-17 differential of power play opportunities versus times shorthanded.
The Stars were shutout for the second time in five road games and fell to 1-4-0 away from home this season. They’ve scored just four goals in those five road games for an average of 0.80 per game. On Saturday they had just 17 shots on goal, and 9 of them came from the top line (Jamie Benn-5, Jaromir Jagr-4).
There was no scoring in the first period. The Coyotes had an 11-6 advantage in shots, but both teams had good chances. Stars captain Brenden Morrow had an open look from the slot early. Phoenix goaltender Smith came up with back-to-back stops on Jamie Benn, including a nice glove save on a rebound attempt later in the period.
Stars goalie Richard Bachman was sharp in the first, making 11 saves including five power play shots. He had a nice stop on Mikkel Boedker during Phoenix’s second power play. He had a nice stop on Raffi Torres with the two teams playing at even strength.
Phoenix was 0-3 on the power play in the period. The Stars did not get a power play chance in the first.
The Stars had a brief power play early in the second, and then Phoenix went on their fourth and fifth power plays of the night. The Stars were able to get through those, but the Coyotes started to take control of play and finally took a 1-0 lead with 8:03 left in the period.
Smith left the Phoenix net, grabbed a puck in the circle to start a Coyotes rush and Nick Johnson finished it off, beating Bachman with a shot from the slot.
The Stars ended up with just three shots in the period. Benn had the first one at the 1:37 mark and the next one didn’t come until 19:10 off the stick of Jaromir Jagr.
The Stars had a good chance to tie early in the period, but Jagr’s bid from the slot was stopped by Smith.
The Coyotes went on their sixth power play at the 1:48 mark, and cashed in to extend their lead to 2-0. Mikkel Boedker knocked home the rebound of a Derek Morris point shot at 2:47 of the third.
The Stars play Monday at Colorado as they play the second of three straight on the road. Colorado defeated Edmonton, 3-1, Saturday afternoon to improve to 4-4-0 on the season.
Injured: Whitney (foot), Roy (groin), Nilstorp (groin)
Scratched: Larsen, Wandell, Jordie Benn