The Dallas Stars lost 2-1 in a shootout to the Phoenix Coyotes Tuesday night. The loss ran the Stars winless streak to four games (0-1-3), but the point moved them into ninth place in the West and within three points of the final playoff spot. Jamie Benn scored the lone goal for the Stars, who outshot Phoenix 45-27 in the game. Kari Lehtonen made 26 saves and stopped three of five in the shootout. Phoenix goalie Ilya Bryzgalov stopped 44 shots in regulation and overtime and four of five in the shootout.
“We deserved to win tonight and we didn’t get it. I told the guys after the game that if you have efforts like that you are going to win 95 to probably 98 percent of your games. Their goalie was terrific tonight. He was the difference for them and they needed every one of the saves they got.” – Stars coach Marc Crawford
“We played very well, almost 50 shots. I think we were the better team out there, which is a great thing, but we were not able to get many pucks past Bryzgalov. He played very well for them.” – Stars goaltender Kari Lehtonen
“I thought we played a good enough game to get two points, but we’ll take one. … We played a good game tonight. If we play like that from here on in we’ll win some games.” – Stars forward Jamie Benn
*Phoenix won the season series against the Stars. Phoenix was 4-2-0 (8 points) and Dallas was 2-2-2 (6 points).
*The Stars have lost eight of their last ten games that have gone beyond regulation.
*The Stars are now 5-7 in shootouts this year and are 10-11 in games that have been settled in either overtime or the shootout.
*The Stars have scored on the power play in three straight games and are 3-8 (37.5%) during that span.
*The 45 shots on goal in the game tied a season-high for the Stars, who also registered 45 in a 4-1 loss to Vancouver on December 31.
*Alex Goligoski led the Stars with nine shots on goal. It was a career-high for Goligoski.
*The Stars won 27 of 61 faceoffs (44 percent).
Both teams had some good chances, but Dallas goaltender Kari Lehtonen and Phoenix goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov were sharp in the period.
The Stars had the only power play of the period, had a lot of zone time but couldn’t take advantage.
Phoenix’s Taylor Pyatt hit the post with a backhand shot in the final ten seconds.
Krys Barch was back in the lineup for the Stars and Brandon Segal was a healthy scratch.
Adam Burish, Karlis Skrastins, Nicklas Grossman and Brian Sutherby remain out with injuries.
The Coyotes took a 1-0 lead at the 12:09 just seconds after their first power play of the game expired. A David Schlemko shot from the right point appeared to hit traffic before going by Stars goaltender Kari Lehtonen.
The Stars tied the game on their second power play chance of the night when Jamie Benn slipped a puck by Ilya Bryzgalov with a shot from the right circle at the 17:34 mark.
Phoenix thought it had taken a 2-1 lead with 17 seconds left in the period, but the goal was waved off due to contact with Lehtonen by a Coyotes player during the goal and the game remained 1-1 heading into the third period.
The Stars outshot the Coyotes 13-7 in the third, but there was no scoring.
Stars defenseman Stephane Robidas hit the post in the first minute of overtime.
Lehtonen came up with a big save on Radim Vrbata later in the extra period.
But there was no scoring and the game went to a shootout.
Doan, Phoenix: Lost puck, poke check save Lehtonen, 0-0
Benn, Dallas: Backhand, goal, 1-0 Dallas
Vrbata, Phoenix, Backhand, goal, tied 1-1
Richards, Dallas, Wrist shot, save Bryzgalov, tied 1-1
Boedker, Phoenix, Backhand, missed, tied 1-1
Ribeiro, Dallas, Backhand, save Bryzgalov, tied 1-1
Stempniak, Phoenix, Shot high, tied 1-1
Williams, Dallas, Backhand, save Bryzgalov, tied 1-1
Whitney, Phoenix, Wrist shot, goal, Phoenix 2-1
Eriksson, Wrist shot, save Bryzgalov, Phoenix wins 2-1
Injured: Grossman (knee), Skrastins (leg), Burish (leg), Sutherby (back)
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