Phoenix Coyotes Blow Late Lead In Regulation, Lose To Stars In Shootout

The Phoenix Coyotes had the game in hand against the division-leading Dallas Stars. Up 2-1, goalie Mike Smith couldn't stop a late shot that tied the game. The Stars were able to win in a shootout and get the two points and the W while the Coyotes will have to settle for one point in the loss.

The Coyotes got on the board first when a Raffi Torres wrist shot found net at the 7:18 mark of the first period. Korpikoski and Ekman-Larsson were credited with assists on the play. It was Torres' first goal of the season.

Dallas fired back with a power play goal at 12:22 in the first with a slap shot from Sheldon Souray (asst. Benn and Ott).

Neither team scored in the second period and so the game remained tied 1-1 until Captain Coyote Shane Doan recorded his 300th career goal in the third (8:13, asst. Whitney, Langkow). The Coyotes were headed for a win until the Stars Adam Burish put one past Mike Smith with just a few minutes to go in the game.

After an scoreless overtime, the shootout went into the eighth round before Trevor Daley ended the contest. The Coyotes blew a late lead against the Stars in their earlier meeting in Big D.

Smith played well in the pipes, stopping 34 of 36 shots while the Stars Lehtonen was equally solid (33-35).

The Coyotes are in last place in the Pacific Division with eight points (3-4) while the Stars stay on top with 14 points (7-2).

The Coyotes remain at home and face the New Jersey Devils on Thursday. Official attendance was 6,948 for the Tuesday game in Glendale, AZ. 

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