Jaromir Jagr and Jamie Benn scored in a shootout to lift the Dallas Stars to a 4-3 victory over the Phoenix Coyotes on Friday night. After netting four goals in the opener against Phoenix, the Stars had scored only nine times in the next six games before breaking out. Antoine Roussel scored in his NHL debut, rookie defenseman Brenden Dillon had his first career goal, and Michael Ryder also scored as Dallas snapped a four-game losing streak (0-3-1). Phoenix trailed 2-0 and 3-2 before getting even in the third period. Radim Vrbata had the only goal for the Coyotes (2-4-2) in the shootout. Martin Hanzal scored twice in the second period after missing two games because of a lower-body injury, Vrbata added a goal and an assist, and Oliver Ekman-Larsson had two assists for Phoenix. With the Coyotes ahead 1-0 in the shootout and the Stars down to their final shooter, Benn beat goalie Mike Smith with a wrist shot. After Dallas' Kari Lehtonen denied Ekman-Larsson, Jagr's wrist shot hit the bottom of Smith's glove, rolled over the goalie's pad, and trickled over the line to give the Stars the win. Hanzal's second goal -- and fifth of the season -- tied it at 3 with 1:34 left in the second period. The Stars had a prime chance to win it with 1:08 left in regulation, but Jagr's pass bounced over Loui Eriksson's stick in the crease as he faced an open net. Smith returned after sitting out four games because of a lower-body injury and looked solid in making 21 saves. He made a key shoulder stop on Stephane Robidas' slap shot at 2:48 of overtime.
Jaromir Jagr, Jamie Benn goals give Stars shootout win
Fort Worth Star-Telegram | Feb 2