Kyle Turris scored for the first time since November 10th. That turned out to be all the Phoenix Coyotes needed as they beat the Dallas Stars at America Airlines Center 1-0. Goalie Jason LaBarbera stopped all 29 Dallas shots to record his first shutout since December 6, 2008.
Turris scored at 10:46 of the second period after Stars goalie Kari Lehtonen couldn’t control the puck from a shot by center Shane Doan. Turris stuffed the puck in the back of the net for his fifth goal of the season and the ultimate game winner.
LaBarbera, has started the last five games in net because starting goalie Ilya Bryzgalov has been dealing with an upper-body injury. This was the Yotes first regulation win since they beat the Stars at home 5-2 on December 11th. Since then they have been on the road for six straight and will finally return to Jobing.com Arena this Tuesday night when they host the Anaheim Ducks.
The Phoenix Coyotes have been shorthanded 31 times in the last five games, the most in the NHL. They have also been on a long east coast road trip, playing some very hot teams at the wrong time. To preserve the win the Yotes had to kill off two minor penalties, something they have had trouble doing over the past two weeks. Their first penalty kill of the night came with 16:00 minutes left to play in the third period. They killed it, and one more with 9:00 minutes left in the game.
Coyotes defensemen Ed Jovanovski also played in his 1,000 NHL game tonight. Jovanovski, who was drafted 1st overall in 1995 by the Florida Panthers has registered 132 goals and 346 assists, for a total of 478 points during his fifteen year career.
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