Feb 7, 2012; Dallas, TX, USA; Phoenix Coyotes left wing Taylor Pyatt (14) and Dallas Stars defenseman Philip Larsen (36) fight for the puck during the third period at the American Airlines Center. The Coyotes defeated the Stars 4-1. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-US PRESSWIRE

Stars Fall To Coyotes

The Stars and Phoenix Coyotes both entered the game fresh off victories, and on the heels of the Minnesota Wild for the eight and final playoff spot. With valuable points at stake, both teams wanted to strike quick and early. Unfortunately, a screened Kari Lehtonen had no chance when a Keith Yandle rocket from the blue line deflected off of Alex Goligoski and into the net. The fluke goal would prove to be the only one of the first period, giving the Coyotes a 1-0 lead into the middle frame. The Stars wasted no time in tying the game. 2:34 into the second period Michael Ryder ended his scoring drought with his 19th tally of the season, evening up the score at 1-1. Lehtonen followed up that Stars goal with a highlight reel save that should make it on some best of lists at the end of the year. The Dallas momentum continued into a four-minute power play, but despite numerous chances, the Stars could not convert. The Coyotes took the broken momentum of the Stars and converted it to momentum of their own, putting pressure and shots on goal leading to a predictable Radim Vrbata goal, giving the Coyotes the lead once again, taking the 2-1 score into the third period. The Coyotes never let up and added a decisive third goal from Raffi Torres 5:40 into the final frame, bringing the Phoenix lead to 3-1. The dagger was added with four minutes to go courtesy of Derek Morris, ending the game with a 4-1 score.

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