Dallas at Phoenix

Reinprecht's pair helps Coyotes down Stars, end home skid


GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Steve Reinprecht and the Phoenix Coyotes will take all the lucky bounces they can get, especially at home.

Reinprecht had two goals and an assist to lead Phoenix past the Dallas Stars 5-2 on Thursday night, snapping a six-game home losing streak.

Reinprecht broke a 1-1 tie at 4:16 of the second period when Marty Turco skated behind the net to try and corral Derek Morris' shot from the point. But the puck bounced off the end boards to Reinprecht in the left faceoff circle, and the Coyotes' center fired the puck behind a lunging Turco into the vacated net.

"I think that's the first time in my hockey life I've gotten a bounce like that," Reinprecht said. "We got two quick ones back-to-back and that's always good for momentum."

Ed Jovanovski made it 3-1 less than two minutes later on a blast from the high slot.

Jovanovski added two assists, and Mike York and Keith Ballard each had a goal and an assist for the Coyotes, who won at home for the first time since a 3-2 victory opening night against St. Louis.

"It's been a long time," Coyotes coach Wayne Gretzky said. "What was disappointing is other than the two losses, we competed well and played well in the other five home games."

Gretzky was referring to the Coyotes' 5-2 losses to Detroit on Oct. 20, and Anaheim on Nov. 3.

The Coyotes returned to the .500 mark for the first time since Oct. 11, when they were 2-2-0.

"It's big for a number of reasons," Reinprecht said. "It put us at .500, it was our division, so it was a four-point swing and it was a home win. We hadn't won at home in a while so in a lot of ways it was a big win for us."

Brenden Morrow and Stephane Robidas scored for the Stars, who have lost five of seven.

Robidas pulled Dallas to 3-2 with 17 minutes left, flipping a half-speed shot at the net from the right half-boards and tucking the puck under the crossbar.

But Reinprecht scored his second when his rebound of his own shot trickled between Turco's pads to make it 4-2 with 11:35 remaining.

Ballard capped the scoring with 6:06 to go.

"Defensively we're mobile," Jovanovski said. "All of us have the capability of pushing up, going to the play and putting the puck on net."

York's power-play goal with 1:26 left in the first period gave Phoenix a 1-0 lead. The Coyotes cycled the puck around the Stars' zone before Niko Kapanen found York to the right of the goal for the one-timer over Turco's shoulder.

"That's just chasing the game," Stars coach Dave Tippett said. "The team that has the lead is going to have a real advantage. If there was a fault in this game, that was the fault."

Morrow tied the game at 1 at 1:24 of the second with a short-angle shot from the hashes near the bottom of the left faceoff circle. It was the Stars' first goal against Phoenix in more than four periods, spanning two games.

"You look at the standings and they're right there," Robidas said. "It's not going to get any easier. Those young guys are going to gain confidence. More games they play the more confident they're going to get. They're just going to get better."


  • The Coyotes have scored 11 goals in their past two games, equaling the output of their previous five.
  • Jovanovski's goal was the 99th of his career.
  • Attendance was announced at 12,027 but there were several thousand fewer seats filled.
  • Vancouver and San Jose are the two remaining teams with only one home victory.
  • The Coyotes have won two straight against the Stars.
  • Coyotes C Peter Mueller, who had a hat trick Wednesday in Anaheim, had two assists.
  • Dallas lost for only the second time in 10 games in Glendale.
  • Morrow has 18 goals and 16 assists in 40 career games against Phoenix.
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Mikael Tellqvist makes a save in the third period to help the Coyotes stop their home slide.  (AP)
Mikael Tellqvist makes a save in the third period to help the Coyotes stop their home slide. (AP)
Dallas (6-7-2)0112
Phoenix  (6-7-0) «1225
Three Stars
S. Reinprecht

Goals: 2
Assist(s): 1
E. Jovanovski

Goals: 1
Assist(s): 2
S. Doan

Goals: 0
Assist(s): 0

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Scoring Summary
18:34Power Play - Mike York (2), Wrist Shot. Assist: Niko Kapanen, Ed Jovanovski
01:24Brenden Morrow (6), Slap Shot. Assist: Jere Lehtinen
04:16Power Play - Steve Reinprecht (4), Slap Shot. Assist: Derek Morris, Ed Jovanovski
06:14Ed Jovanovski (2), Slap Shot. Assist: Peter Mueller, Steve Reinprecht
03:00Stephane Robidas (1), Tip-In, Unassisted.
08:25Steve Reinprecht (5), Backhand Shot. Assist: Peter Mueller, Keith Ballard
13:54Power Play - Keith Ballard (2), Wrist Shot. Assist: Niko Kapanen, Mike York
Penalty Summary
02:51Ott, 2 min, Tripping
14:57Carcillo, 2 min, Diving/Embellishment
17:17Hagman, 2 min, Roughing
03:04Niskanen, 2 min, Interference
07:13Boucher, 2 min, Hooking
16:29Barch, 2 min, Roughing
16:29Doan, 2 min, Roughing
16:29Doan, 2 min, Roughing
04:17Morris, 2 min, Cross-Checking
13:10Jokinen, 2 min, Hooking
14:39Fedoruk, 2 min, Slashing
Shots On Goal
Marty Turco60:00265
Mikael Tellqvist60:00242
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Referees - Stephane Auger, Mick McGeough
Linesmen - Steve Barton, Don Henderson
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