Skip to content

Stars win a heart-stopper against Coyotes, maintain Pacific lead

Mar 20, 2012, 11:13 PM EDT

Kari Lehtonen, Shane Doan AP

Many people reasonably complained when the hyper-dramatic Phoenix Coyotes-Dallas Stars game went to a shootout, but it opened the door for one of those rare moments when sports become pure theater.

The newly crowned villain must save his team in a 1-on-1 situation with the crowd booing him.

Shane Doan surprisingly played that role well – if unwittingly – tonight. After landing a possibly suspension-worthy elbow on Dallas Stars stud Jamie Benn, Doan assisted on both goals to send the game to OT 3-3. Doan had a chance to tie the shootout up after a mind-blowing Mike Ribeiro success, but Kari Lehtonen waited him out for the 4-3 (SO) victory. Yet the most striking thing during that attempt was that the crowd booed Doan heartily the whole time.

Doan and Benn – who took at least two other scary hits – were the central figures of what was a great contest. The Coyotes continue to fall behind by two goals lately, yet they keep coming back. Edmonton had a 2-0 lead against them last night only to lose in a shootout to them 3-2 via a shootout while Phoenix fought back from a 3-1 deficit tonight.

The Stars got the last laugh, though, and their 85 points ensures that they’ll remain atop the Pacific Division no matter what happens in the big San Jose-Los Angeles battle (currently 1-1 with 3:27 left in the first period, airing on NBC Sports Network).

This video is no longer available. Click here to watch more NBC Sports videos!

Benn banged up?

The only big worry – beyond those tough Pacific teams that are still not that far behind – is the health of crucial star Benn. The big forward made a shootout attempt and generally kept coming back after scary hits, but was also seen shaken up in the Stars’ tunnel during the game. We’ll have to wait and see about a development that could hurt a whole lot more than allowing the Coyotes a charity point.

  1. blomfeld - Mar 21, 2012 at 1:13 AM


    LA Kings 5 vs San Jose Sharks 2

    Of course we “know the deal” friends, but let’s nonetheless stop for a moment and savior the “beautiful” taste of this latest victory, eh ? … things are happening man ! :)

    • dallasstars9 - Mar 21, 2012 at 11:47 AM

      You’re like a little baby looking for attention. ME ME ME ME ME ME ME ME

      Kings SUCK – GO STARS!!!

    • govtminion - Mar 21, 2012 at 11:55 AM

      So you’re pretty much going to invade articles that have nothing to do with the Kings and crow about it? That’s pretty lame. Good thing the Kings don’t score goals- if they won more games, you’d REALLY be obnoxious.

      • dallasstars9 - Mar 21, 2012 at 1:35 PM

        Thank you! Those were my feelings exactly.

Top 10 NHL Player Searches
  1. P. Kessel (1964)
  2. P. Kane (1510)
  3. P. Datsyuk (1379)
  4. M. Richards (1249)
  5. M. Giordano (1215)