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Stars 3, Coyotes 2

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GLENDALE, Ariz. -- After dropping three straight and five of their previous six games, the Dallas Stars came up a complete team effort against the Phoenix Coyotes.

Loui Eriksson scored twice to lead the Stars to a 3-2 victory Saturday night.

"It's good for the confidence to get this win," said Mike Ribeiro, who had three assists. "We played much better defense and when you focus on defense, you have a better chance to win."

To complement Ribeiro's effort, Mark Parrish added a power-play goal, and Mary Turco made 25 saves for his fifth win of the season and the 212th of his NHL career.

The Stars won in Phoenix for the 10th time in the last 14 meetings the desert.

"This is the kind of effort from which we can build," Stars captain Mike Modano said. "We're noted for playing good defense and, if you're playing that game at its peak, we're a tough team to beat."

Steve Reinprecht and Kevin Porter scored for the Coyotes, who fell to 5-3 at home.

"We didn't fire on all cylinders," Phoenix coach Wayne Gretzky said. "We had one line and one player playing well, and didn't have enough out of everybody."

Eriksson also had a two-goal game against the New York Islanders on Oct. 23.

Eriksson scored his first goal on a backhander with 2:54 left in the opening period. Rushing down the right wing, Eriksson converted a pass off the boards from Ribeiro into his seventh goal of the season.

The lead could have been larger, but Phoenix killed off a double-minor to Olli Jokinen for high-sticking just 30 seconds into the game.

The Coyotes evened matters when Reinprecht scored at 2:32 of the second period. Reinprecht used Kyle Turris, just outside the crease, as a decoy and then slid the puck behind Turco for his third of the season.

Tied for 22nd in the NHL in power-play goals, the Stars went ahead with the man advantage. Parrish scored his third-power play goal, and fourth of the season, when he tipped in Sergei Zubov's shot from the blue line at 8:13 of the middle session.

Eriksson picked up his second of the game when he scored off a goalmouth scramble with 55 seconds left in the second period.

Phoenix came back 16 seconds later when the rookie Porter, last season's college player of the year at the University of Michigan, converted a centering pass from Mikkel Boedker into his third of the season.

The Coyotes had an opportunity to tie it late. The Stars' Steve Avery was whistled for a holding minor at 12:45 of the final period, but Phoenix failed to convert.

In the final seconds, Turco robbed Jokinen in close on a set-up from Reinprecht.

"It was a bang-bag play," Reinprecht said. "The puck slid through a few guys to Olli and (Turco) made a great save. Another inch to the left and it's in, but that's the way it goes."

Notes

Modano needs six points to reach 1,300 in his 19-year NHL career. He would be the 31st player in league history to reach this level. ... Ribeiro had his second three-point game of the season.... Phoenix has lost two straight after winning three in a row.

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Scoreboard
Dallas  (6-8-3) «1203
Phoenix (8-8-0)0202
Three Stars
M. Ribeiro
DAL


Goals: 0
Assist(s): 3
L. Eriksson
DAL


Goals: 2
Assist(s): 0
D. Carcillo
PHO


Goals: 0
Assist(s): 0

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Scoring Summary
1ST PERIOD
17:06Loui Eriksson (7), Backhand Shot. Assist: Ribeiro, Robidas
2ND PERIOD
02:32Steve Reinprecht (3), Backhand Shot. Assist: Yandle, Doan
08:13Power Play - Mark Parrish (4), Tip-In. Assist: Zubov, Ribeiro
19:05Loui Eriksson (8), Wrist Shot. Assist: Petersen, Ribeiro
19:22Kevin Porter (3), Wrist Shot. Assist: Boedker, Hanzal
3RD PERIOD
None
Penalty Summary
1ST PERIOD
30.0Jokinen, 4 min, High-Sticking
2ND PERIOD
04:19Avery, 2 min, Holding
07:11Tikhonov, 2 min, Hooking
14:39Carcillo, 2 min, Unsportsmanlike Conduct
14:39Ott, 2 min, Unsportsmanlike Conduct
17:22Ott, 5 min, Fighting
17:22Carcillo, 5 min, Fighting
3RD PERIOD
05:11Hanzal, 2 min, Elbowing
05:11Petersen, 2 min, Slashing
12:45Avery, 2 min, Hooking
Shots On Goal
 123T
Dallas96419
Phoenix615627
Goalies
GoalieMINSSGA
Marty Turco60:00252
Ilya Bryzgalov59:37163
Power Play Conversions
Power Play
Dallas1-for-3
Phoenix0-for-2
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Referees - Don Koharski, Dean Morton
Linesmen - Lyle Seitz, Pierre Racicot
 
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