Dallas at Phoenix

Klinkhammer, Doan help Coyotes dash past Dallas


GLENDALE, Ariz. -- After scoring his first NHL goal, Phoenix Coyotes center Rob Klinkhammer turned left and then right in search of a teammate to celebrate with.

"I was just looking for someone to hug," Klinkhammer said after the Coyotes beat the Dallas Stars 2-1 on Saturday night. "I was so surprised."

Klinkhammer entered the night having played 16 career games, all but one with the Ottawa Senators. His 14 goals and 30 assists in 52 games with Portland of the AHL earned Klinkhammer his second call-up of the season and his first career appearance with the Coyotes.

"We've been looking for ways to get him in," coach Dave Tippett said. "He's a solid player, strong on the wall and gives a good forecheck down there."

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Shane Doan scored his team-leading eighth goal for the Coyotes, who snapped a two-game losing streak and vaulted ahead of Dallas and San Jose into third place in the Pacific Division.

"It's been a while since we played a game like that," Smith said. "Any win is nice, but it was nice to do it the right way like we always talk about."

Doan's goal came at the end of a play in which four of the six Coyotes on the ice touched the puck in a handful of seconds.

Steve Sullivan carried the puck into the Dallas zone, stopped in the left circle, and sent a pass back to the streaking Oliver Ekman-Larsson. Ekman-Larsson spun right to avoid the Stars defense and passed to Antione Vermette behind the net, who then fed the puck back to Doan at the right edge of the crease for the goal.

Solid passing also led to Klinkhammer's goal.

Dave Moss forced a turnover behind the Dallas net, and Ben Gordon intercepted a pass near the bottom of the right circle. With Stars goalie Kari Lehtonen shading right, Gordon slid the puck to an open Klinkhammer for the goal into the vacated left side to make it 2-0 at 7:31 of the second.

"It was just a whirlwind, but I'm loving every minute of it," said Klinkhammer, who arrived in Phoenix at 3 a.m. "I couldn't ask for it to happen any better."

Jagr pulled Dallas within 2-1 at 18:19, beating Smith with a blast from the top of the right circle with 17 seconds left in Dallas' first of two 5-on-3 power plays.

"We got one goal but I think we needed to get one before that," Stars coach Glen Gulutzan said. "Being down 2-0 against these guys, it's not easy to come back."

Dallas had an 89-second, 5-on-3 opportunity midway through the third period but were unable to solve Smith, who had allowed 14 goals in his past three starts.

"We had a 5-on-3 for almost two minutes in the third and that was our chance to get back in the game," Stars defenseman Stephane Robidas said. "That kind of gives them momentum to win the game."

Stars center Jamie Benn left the game with 1:27 after he was leveled by a check between the circles by Martin Hanzal. No penalty was called on the play, and Benn eventually skated off the ice and walked to the dressing room.

"I thought it was late but it's not for me to decide," Gulutzan said.


  • Doan has 31 goals and 37 assists in 97 games against the Stars.
  • Coyotes C Matthew Lombardi, who aggravated an upper body injury in Phoenix's loss to St. Louis on Thursday, was out of the lineup. LW Radim Vrbata also was out for the 10th straight game because of a lower body injury.
  • Stars LW Brenden Morrow was scratched due to a groin injury sustained late in a win against Los Angeles on Thursday.
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Rob Klinkhammer scores his first NHL goal in his debut with the Coyotes. Phoenix wins the season series from Dallas. (Getty Images)
Rob Klinkhammer scores his first NHL goal in his debut with the Coyotes. Phoenix wins the season series from Dallas. (Getty Images)
Dallas (12-10-2)0101
Phoenix  (12-10-3) «1102
Three Stars
R. Klinkhammer

Goals: 1
Assist(s): 0
M. Smith

Saves: 20
Save Pct.: .952
Z. Michalek

Goals: 0
Assist(s): 0

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Scoring Summary
16:59 - Shane Doan (8), Wrist Shot. Assist: Vermette, Ekman-Larsson
07:31 - Rob Klinkhammer (1), Wrist Shot. Assist: Gordon, Moss
18:19Power Play - Jaromir Jagr (10), Wrist Shot. Assist: Eriksson
Penalty Summary
10:38Hanzal, 2 min, Hooking
16:36Klinkhammer, 2 min, Interference
17:00Moss, 2 min, Delaying Game
19:17Eakin, 2 min, Holding the stick
02:18Oleksiak, 2 min, Hooking
09:29Chipchura, 2 min, High sticking
10:01Vermette, 2 min, Delaying Game
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