Coyotes Fell Stars

Keeps Phoenix in playoff chase, ends four game skid
By Lev Weinstein,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 15, 2008 1:22 AM CST
Coyotes Fell Stars
Dallas Stars' Niklas Hagman (15), of Finland, gets his shot blocked by Phoenix Coyotes' Ilya Bryzgalov, left, of Russia, in the first period of an NHL hockey game in Glendale, Ariz., Thursday, Feb. 14, 2008. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)   (Associated Press)

Phoenix avenged Monday's loss to the Stars, beating Dallas last night 5-2. It was a crucial win for the Coyotes, who succeeded in keeping alive playoff hopes by ending a four-game winless skid, the Arizona Republic reports. The Coyotes' victory ended the Stars' seven-game winning streak. Goalie Ilya Bryzgalov had 32 saves for the Coyotes.

His effort was rewarded by the improved play of left wing Daniel Carcillo, who after hindering past efforts with thuggish play, kept his composure to score the go-ahead for Phoenix late in the first period. When Carcillo did find himself in the box early in the third, Radim Vrbata came through. Vrbata netted his 25th goal of the season, despite the man disadvantage. (Read more NHL stories.)

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