Phoenix at Dallas

Tellqvist stops 35, earns fifth career shutout for Coyotes vs. Stars

CBSSports.com wire reports
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DALLAS -- Phoenix Coyotes goaltender Mikael Tellqvist was sick with the flu. He still turned in a very healthy performance.

Tellqvist stopped 35 shots for his fifth career shutout, Radim Vrbata scored a short-handed goal, and the Coyotes beat the Dallas Stars 5-0 on Friday night.

"We've gotten really strong goaltending, and you've got to be a little bit lucky," Phoenix coach Wayne Gretzky said. "All-in, the effort was really strong for us. Our goalie made a couple of big saves or we could have been down 3-2."

Tellqvist said after the game that he was too sick to his stomach to even comment on his play, leaving teammate Daniel Carcillo to do the evaluating.

"The flu bug has been going around," Carcillo said. "He played so good he played himself sick. Obviously we knew (the Stars) were going to come out hard. They haven't had a lot of success at home and we wanted to get some pucks to the net and some bodies to the net."

Tellqvist, who was credited with an assist on Shane Doan's second-period goal, had to be sharp in the second period when Dallas held an 18-5 shots advantage. He needed only six stops in the final period to post his first shutout of the season.

Niko Kapanen, Carcillo, Doan, and rookie Martin Hanzal added goals for the Coyotes, who had lost nine of their previous 10 meetings with the Stars.

Nick Boynton and Doan each had two assists for Phoenix, which has won three of its last four.

Dallas has lost three in a row, all at home.

"You go 0-for-3 at home, that's rock-bottom for us," Stars captain Brenden Morrow said. "This is some of the worst hockey I've seen from this team in a very long time. The panic button hasn't been hit but the time is now to nip this and move forward."

Stars center Mike Modano remained one point short of matching Phil Housley's points record of 1,232 for U.S.-born players.

The 37-year-old Modano, the all-time U.S.-born goal-scorer with 509, has been slumping with two goals and three assists in his first 13 games.

But Stars defenseman Philippe Boucher said Modano's quest for the record hasn't caused the players to lose sight of team goals.

"We all want him to get it and me on, but it's not a distraction," Boucher said. "We just have to do everything better, from effort to competing to focus. We're getting what we deserve right now."

While Stars fans had their eyes on Modano, the Coyotes stormed to a 2-0 first-period lead that prompted Dallas coach Dave Tippett to pull goalie Mike Smith and replace him with Marty Turco.

Kapanen, who played for the Stars from 2001-06, notched the first goal of the game with 7:49 left in the opening period when he backhanded a loose puck past a fallen Smith.

Carcillo's rebound with 6:11 remaining in the first gave the Coyotes a two-goal pad and sent Smith to the bench after he stopped seven of nine shots.

The goalie change didn't do Dallas much good as Doan stretched the lead to 3-0 at 3:34 of the second period. Doan, who had just finished serving a penalty, jumped from the box, took a lead pass from Derek Morris and skated in alone to beat Turco.

Hanzal's one-timer from the top of the left circle 26 seconds into the final period and Vrbata's short-handed tally at 11:29 of the third made it 5-0.

Notes:

  • LW Josh Gratton was back in the Phoenix lineup after missing the first 10 games due to a finger injury. Gratton got into a first-period fight with Dallas' Brad Winchester Dallas has lost four of its last five. The Stars were shut out for the first time this season.
  • Dallas' last shutout loss to Phoenix was 6-0 on Jan. 12, 2004.
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Phoenix goalie Mikael Tellqvist makes one of his 35 saves en route to his fifth career shutout.  (AP)
Phoenix goalie Mikael Tellqvist makes one of his 35 saves en route to his fifth career shutout. (AP)

Scoreboard
Phoenix  (5-6-0) «2125
Dallas (5-6-2)0000
Three Stars
M. Tellqvist
PHO


Saves: 35
Save Pct.: 1.000
S. Doan
PHO


Goals: 1
Assist(s): 2
D. Carcillo
PHO


Goals: 1
Assist(s): 1
Scoring Summary
1ST PERIOD
12:11Niko Kapanen (2), Backhand Shot. Assist: Daniel Carcillo, Matt Jones
13:49Daniel Carcillo (4), Wrist Shot. Assist: Nick Boynton
2ND PERIOD
03:34Shane Doan (2), Wrist Shot. Assist: Derek Morris, Mikael Tellqvist
3RD PERIOD
26.0Martin Hanzal (2), Slap Shot. Assist: Shane Doan, Nick Boynton
11:29Short - Radim Vrbata (3), Wrist Shot. Assist: Shane Doan
Penalty Summary
1ST PERIOD
17:22Gratton, 5 min, Fighting
17:22Winchester, 5 min, Fighting
2ND PERIOD
01:23Doan, 2 min, Hooking
12:35Halpern, 2 min, Goaltender Interference
3RD PERIOD
03:50Boucher, 2 min, Tripping
10:14Tellqvist, 2 min, Delay of Game
19:49Ott, 2 min, Charging
19:49Ott, 2 min, Roughing
19:49Ott, 2 min, Unsportsmanlike Conduct
19:49Tjarnqvist, 2 min, Roughing
19:49Tjarnqvist, 2 min, Roughing
Shots On Goal
 123T
Phoenix1151026
Dallas1118635
Goalies
GoalieMINSSGA
Mikael Tellqvist59:54350
Mike Smith13:4972
Marty Turco46:11143
Game Information
Attendance - 18203
Referees - Kerry Fraser, Wes McCauley
Linesmen - Mark Wheler, Lyle Seitz
 
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