The Dallas Stars snapped their four-game winless streak with a 4-3 shootout victory over the Phoenix Coyotes Friday night at American Airlines Center. Brenden Dillon had a goal and an assist for the Stars. Antoine Roussel and Michael Ryder also scored for Dallas. Jamie Benn and Jaromir Jagr tallied in the shootout. Kari Lehtonen stopped 31 of 34 shots in the game and three of four in the shootout. The win gave the Stars a 3-4-1 mark on the season.
Phoenix, which got a pair of goals from Martin Hanzal, fell to 2-5-1.
Gordie Howe Hat Trick for Dillon
Stars defenseman Brenden Dillon picked up his first NHL point with an assist on the Antoine Roussel goal, and then tallied his first NHL goal a little more than two minutes later, scoring off a blast from the left point to give the Stars a 2-0 lead in the game. In the second period, after putting a hit on Phoenix defenseman Oliver Ekman-Larsson, Dillon was challenged by Coyotes forward Kyle Chipchura, and both players picked up fighting majors, giving Dillon the Gordie Howe Hat Trick.
Roussel makes early impact
Antoine Roussel, who made his NHL debut Friday, made an early impact in the game. He won his first two faceoffs and then midway through the first period he notched his first NHL goal, breaking in alone on goal and beating Phoenix netminder Mike Smith with a backhand shot. Roussel ended up playing 7:18 in the game and won six of seven faceoffs.
Antoine Roussel, playing in his first NHL game, opened the scoring 9:53 into the game. Roussel, called up on Wednesday from the AHL, broke in alone on net and roofed a backhand shot over Phoenix goaltender Mike Smith.
A little more than two minutes later the Stars were up 2-0. Brenden Dillon, who picked up his first NHL assist on the Roussel goal, scored his first NHL goal, beating Smith with a blast from the left point at 12:03 of the first.
The Coyotes cut the lead to 2-1 at the 14:00 mark when defenseman Oliver Ekman-Larsson’s point from the left point deflected off Radim Vrbata and past Stars goalie Kari Lehtonen.
The Coyotes opened the second with 44 seconds of power play time, and scored just after it expired when Martin Hanzal scored from close range at the 45 second mark to make it a 2-2 game.
The Stars appeared to be going on the penalty kill when Dillon was whistled for roughing, but Phoenix’s Kyle Chipchura went after Dillon and picked up an instigator minor to leave the two sides playing five-on-five. Just moments later, Michael Ryder scored from the left circle to put the Stars up 3-2 at the 14:14 mark.
The Coyotes drew even again as Hanzal scored is second of the night, scoring from the slot off the rush with 1:34 left in the period.
There was no scoring in the third period and not that many chances. The shots were 8-7.
The Stars had some pressure early in overtime, but couldn’t cash in. After that there was some good end-to-end action, but no scoring after five minutes.
Jamie Benn and Jaromir Jagr scored in the shootout for the Stars. Radim Vrbata scored the lone goal for Phoenix. The Stars take the shootout 2-1 and the game 4-3.
The Stars and Coyotes play again Saturday night in Glendale, Arizona.
Injured: Roy (groin), Nilstorp (groin)
Scratched: Larsen, Rome, Wandell