It was déjà vu for the Dallas Stars and Phoenix Coyotes. For the second time this season, the Stars scored a late game-tying goal and then topped the Coyotes in a shootout.
Tuesday night Adam Burish scored with 1:01 left in regulation to knot the game at 2-2 and Trevor Daley scored in the eighth round of the shootout to give the Stars the 3-2 victory in Glendale, Arizona.
The Stars, who are now 7-2-0 on the season, finished their four game road trip with a 3-1-0 record.
“It was a great win to end off a great road trip for this team,” said Daley.
Five of the Stars’ seven victories this season have now come by one goal, including three of four the road trip.
“It’s a tight league. There’s a lot of good teams,” said Stars defenseman Sheldon Souray, who scored a power play goal in the game. “We’re going to be down by one a lot of times, we’re going to be up by one a lot of times and we have to learn to be comfortable and play the right way in those games. Tonight we did. We got amazing goaltending again from Kari (Lehtonen) and we stuck with it. It took to the last minute again, but valuable points.”
Lehtonen, who had 33 saves for the Stars and stopped seven of eight in the shootout, improved to 7-0-0 on the season.
But as in the October 10 game against Phoenix in Dallas, when the Stars scored with 27.1 seconds left to tie before winning in a shootout, it took some late heroics to get Lehtonen and the Stars a win Tuesday night.
Gulutzan moved Burish to a line with Brenden Morrow and Mike Ribeiro in the third period and it paid off. Burish took a centering pass from Ribeiro and put the puck into the open side of the net to tie the game with 1:01 remaining in regulation to help the Stars to get the game to the extra period.
“I’ve played with those two before. I kind of understand what Ribby needs and where to go,” said Burish. “Like I said before, a blind guy could play with him. Just got to the net, put your stick down and he hits your stick.”
“We had a breakdown,” said Phoenix coach Dave Tippett. “The guy is not covered in front of the net [it's as] simple as that.”
After the scoreless overtime period, the game went to the shootout where Lehtonen and Phoenix goalie Mike Smith were tough to beat. There was no scoring through the first four rounds. Patrick O’Sullivan scored for Phoenix in the top half of the fifth round and Michael Ryder kept the Stars alive by scoring in the bottom half. After two more scoreless rounds it went to the eighth round, where Lehtonen stopped Daymond Langkow and Daley, in his first NHL shootout attempt, beat Smith with a backhand shot to give Dallas the win.
“I was happy that Kari got the save before, so it took a little bit of the pressure off,” said Daley. “It was enjoyable. It was my first one. I was excited.”
The two teams traded first period goals. Raffi Torres scored off a sharp angle 7:18 into the game to give Phoenix a 1-0 lead. Souray answered with a power play goal at 12:22 of the first, beating Smith with a shot from the left point.
Shane Doan scored on the power play, taking a pass from Ray Whitney and scoring from the left circle at 8:13 of the third to give the Coyotes a 2-1 lead. It was Doan’s 300th career goal.
*Mark Fistric, Tom Wandell and Krys Barch were healthy scratches for Dallas.
*Attendance in Glendale was 6,948.