Jamie Benn's late goal lifts Stars over Coyotes

Jamie Benn’s power play goal with 4.8 seconds remaining gave the Dallas Stars a 3-2 victory over the Phoenix Coyotes Tuesday night. The win came after the Stars gave up two late goals and appeared to be heading to overtime. Tom Wandell and Jamie Langenbrunner also scored for the Stars, who won their third straight game. Kari Lehtonen made 25 saves.


"It was a big goal. It was a great play by Brenden [Morrow] to win that battle in the corner and for Loui [Eriksson] to make a great pass. I've got give them all the credit for setting me up." Stars forward Jamie Benn

“Crazy last few minutes, going through all the emotions there. We played a very good game and then gave up two late ones. Credit to them for battling. They played hard all night. It was a great play by Benner to bury the winner.” – Stars forward Jamie Langenbrunner

“Our power play was effective most of the night and it finally cashed in at the end. You talk about that all the time, making your next power play or penalty kill the important one and that was huge. … Overall, we played a very intelligent game, the kind you’ve got to play at this time of year.” – Stars coach Marc Crawford

"I think we've got to look at it right in the teeth and say, 'What the hell is going on?' That's two games we've lost this week because of penalties. At some point we've got to get it. We'll look at it straight in the face and take the challenge We better or it's not a good thing." Coyotes coach Dave Tippett.


*The Stars have won three games in a row for the sixth time this season.

*The Stars have allowed six goals (1.50 per game) over their last four games.

*The Stars are now 18-0-2 when leading after two periods and 21-1-1 when leading after one period.

*The Stars are 19-5-6 in games decided by one goal this season.

*Stars goalie Kari Lehtonen has stopped 110 of 116 shots for a .948 save percentage over the last four games.

*Jamie Benn led the Stars with seven shots on goal, which tied a career-high.

First period

The lone goal came with1:34 left in the period. After Coyotes defenseman Michal Rozsival lost the puck in the corner, Stars forward Toby Petersen chipped the puck to Tom Wandell, who roofed a shot from the left boards to give Dallas the 1-0 lead.

Phoenix outshot the Stars 8-7 in the first 20 minutes.

There were no power plays in the period, but Phoenix will open the second period with a full 2:00 of power play time.

Brian Sutherby was scratched for the Stars. Brad Richards (concussion-like symptoms) and Nicklas Grossman (hip) remain out for the Stars.

Second period

There was no scoring in the second period, but the Stars had their chances. There were five power play chances in the period and the Stars had three of them.

Alex Goligoski hit a post on one of them and Stephane Robidas hit a post on another.

The Stars outshot the Coyotes 11-9 in the period.

Stars goalie Kari Lehtonen has 17 saves for the game and had a nice one on Mikkel Boedker with Phoenix on one of its two power play chances.

Third period

The Stars withstood some early pressure from the Coyotes as Lehtonen made some nice to saves to help keep it a 1-0 game.

The Stars extended the lead to 2-0 with 7:13 left when Steve Ott circled out from behind the net and fired a puck on net that deflected off Jamie Langenbrunner and into the net.

But the Coyotes bounced back, scoring twice to tie the game. Kyle Turris set up newly acquired defenseman Rostislav Klesla, who pinched in and scored from close range with 3:39 left to make it a 2-1 game.

With goalie Ilya Bryzgalov out of the net for the extra attacker, Shane Doan set up Ray Whitney, who scored from the slot to tie the game with 37.7 seconds left.

But Mike Ribeiro drew a penalty with 13 seconds remaining and the Stars scored on the power play. Ribeiro dug a puck out of the corner and got it to Loui Eriksson, who set up Jamie Benn and Benn scored from the slot with 4.8 seconds remaining to give Dallas a 3-2 victory.

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Raycroft (backup)

Scratched: Sutherby

Injured: Richards (concussion-like symptoms), Grossman (hip)

Power play units




Penalty kill units