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Stars Lose Again, This Time To Coyotes In Overtime

(Sports Network) – Radim Vrbata scored on the power play just 1:13 into overtime to give Phoenix a 3-2 win over Dallas at American Airlines Center.

Jamie Langenbrunner was called for tripping with 19 seconds left in regulation and Phoenix carried the advantage into the extra session.

Keith Yandle passed from the high slot to the inside right circle for Vrbata, who stickhandled the puck past a diving defender and snapped a wrister by Kari Lehtonen for the win.

Michal Rozsival and Mikkel Boedker scored for the Coyotes, who have won three straight. Ilya Bryzgalov posted 16 saves in the win.

“We had too many turnover tonight,” said Phoenix head coach Dave Tippett. “As the game went on we got better, started playing faster and were able to get the win.”

Brad Richards had a goal and an assist while Steve Ott also scored for the Stars, who have dropped four straight for the first time since losing seven in a row from March 17-30, 2009. Lehtonen stopped 32 shots.

Dallas got the first goal of the game with 9:12 left in the first period. Richards backhanded the puck from behind the net to the left circle, where Ott wristed it home.

Rozsival tied the game on the power play with 1:38 left in the first, tapping in the rebound of a Taylor Pyatt shot from the right side.

At the 5:56 mark of the second, the Stars took a 2-1 lead. Richards sprung Nicklas Grossman on a short breakaway, and the defenseman had his shot stopped. Richards, though, followed the play and snapped in the rebound from the left side.

Boedker netted his first goal of the season at the 5:37 mark of the third.

Game Notes

Dallas hosts Chicago on Friday…Phoenix returns home to face Chicago on Saturday…Phoenix has taken three of four from Dallas this season…Phoenix was 2-for-3 on the power play while Dallas failed to score during its one chance…Before the game, Dallas activated center Tom Wandell from injured reserve.

Photographs by jamesbrandon, jdtornow, phlezk, flygraphix, mcdlttx, tomasland, and literalbarrage used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.