Tuesday night’s game against the Phoenix Coyotes began strong for both teams, then became a bit lackluster, even after a power-play goal in the first period, putting the Dallas Stars up 1-0. The first period ended tied 1-1.
The rest of the game was back and forth, mostly back, with Phoenix upping their score 2-1 until the third period, when Adam Burish came through in a big way, tying the score with only 1:01 remaining in the game, to send both teams into overtime.
The next five minutes were tense, but scoreless, and both teams readied for the shootout.
The shootout went well beyond the usual 3. The first four rounds stayed nill. Then, Coyotes’ center Patrick O’Sullivan scored and Stars fans thought all was lost. But no, the red-headed right wing Michael Ryder kept the hope alive by netting a goal.
Then two more rounds with no scores. In the eighth round, Coyotes center Daymond Langkow scored against Stars goalie Kari Lehtonen. It was now or never time for the Stars.
And Dallas defenseman Trevor Daley made it now time in his first NHL shootout attempt with a backhand whack against our old Stars friend, Mike Smith, fresh out of a year in the AHL, to give the Stars a ‘W.’
“I was happy that Kari got the save before, so it took a little bit of the pressure off,” said Daley. “It was enjoyable. It was my first one. I was excited.”
For Phoenix, Raffi Torres, of last year’s Canucks, scored his first goal for the Coyotes in the first period. Later in the third period, Captain Shane Doan scored on a power play, with a one-knee pass from Ray Whitney, for his 300th career goal. Daymond Langkow scored in the shootout. Phoenix came into the game with a 5-4 win against the Anaheim Ducks Saturday. The Coyotes are still in non-owner mode.
The Stars came into the game 6-2-0 and 1st in the Pacific Division. For Dallas, Sheldon Souray scored on a power play in the 1st and Adam Burish provided the last minute excitement in the late in the third with Trevor Daley mopping up behind them in the eighth round of the shootout.
Dallas came into this game with a 1-0 loss to the Los Angeles Kings Saturday, a close game in anybody’s book and one Dallas should have won. Last night’s game with Phoenix put the stars up 3-1-0 in road games and a 7-2-0 at the top of the Division and atop the entire Western Conference with 14 points to date.
The Stars play at home Thursday to face their most recent nemesis, the Los Angeles Kings, at the American Airlines Center with a 7:30pm start on Fox Sports Southwest. This should be a great game, with some reclaiming home turf and giving the highly-favored Kings a what for.