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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).

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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

    WE WIN AGAIN !
    ———————–

    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.

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