The Dallas Stars had a four-game points streak on the road come to an end with a 2-1 loss at Phoenix Saturday night. It was just the second regulation road loss in the last nine games for the Stars (6-2-1). Jaromir Jagr scored the lone goal for the Stars, tallying on a five-on-three power play in the second period. Kari Lehtonen stopped 19 shots for the Stars, who fell to 12-10-2 on the season.
Jamie Benn leaves game late after hit to head
Stars center Jamie Benn left the game with just over a minute remaining after he took a shoulder to the head from Coyotes center Martin Hanzal. There was no penalty called on Hanzal and there was no update on Benn.
Stars PP scores again, but can’t get the equalizer
The Stars power play was 1-5 in the game, scoring on a five-on-three in the second period to cut the Phoenix lead to 2-1. The Stars had another five-on-three midway through the third with a chance to tie the game, but couldn’t cash in. The Stars are 8-27 (29.6%) on the power play over the last seven games.
Coyotes take season series
Saturday’s game was the final one of the season series between the Stars and Coyotes. Although both teams won two games, Phoenix won the season series based on points. Phoenix had a 2-1-1 record for 5 points, while the Stars were 2-2-0 for 4 points.
Coyotes’ Smith gets help from teammates
Phoenix goaltender Mike Smith made 20 saves in the game, but his teammates chipped in to keep a lot shots from ever making it to Smith. The Coyotes had a total of 29 blocked shots. Defenseman Zbynek Michalek led the way with 8 blocks.
The Coyotes scored with 3:01 left in the first period to take a 1-0 lead. Coyotes defenseman Oliver Ekman-Larsson came into the Stars zone, took a pass at the blue, made a nice spin move to get into the right circle and sent a pass below the goal line to Antoine Vermette, who tapped the puck to Shane Doan, who scored from close range.
The Stars came out with a strong push early in the second. A Stephane Robidas shot from the point hit traffic and then the post. Vernon Fiddler had a breakaway, but his backhand shot went over the net.
Stars goaltender Kari Lehtonen came up with a couple of saves off a scramble in front of the net six minutes into the period to keep it a 1-0 game.
The Coyotes took a 2-0 lead at the 7:31 mark of the second when Matt Fraser turned over the puck near the Dallas net and Boyd Gordon set up Rob Klinkhammer, who put the puck into the open side of the net for his first NHL goal.
The Stars went on the first power play of the game at the 10:38 mark, had a Benn shot go off the post and had some great zone time but couldn’t cash in.
The Stars got a 1:36 five-on-three power play late in the second and Jaromir Jagr scored from the right circle with 1:41 left in the period to make it a 2-1 game.
The Coyotes went on their first power play with 43 seconds left in the period and had 1:17 of power play time carry over into the third period.
The Stars killed off the remaining Phoenix power play time to open the second period, and then the Coyotes went on another power play a short time later. The Stars killed that one as well.
Lehtonen came up with a big save on Keith Yandle with just over 14 minutes left to keep it a 2-1 game.
The Stars went on their second five-on-three power play of the night midway through the third, and this time it was for 1:29. But they couldn’t take advantage and the Coyotes held onto their one-goal lead.
Stars forward Jamie Benn the game with just over a minute left when he took a shoulder to the head from Phoenix center Martin Hanzal. There was no penalty on Hanzal.
The Stars pulled Lehtonen with about 45 seconds left for the extra attacker, but couldn’t get the equalizer.
Injured: Morrow (groin), Whitney (foot), Rome (foot)
Scratched: Larsen, Wathier