The Dallas Stars played one of their more complete games since the All-Star break on Saturday in the desert, but some solid play from Phoenix Coyotes goalie Mike Smith and a pair of bad turnovers meant the Stars walked away with just one point instead of two in a 2-1 overtime loss.
The Coyotes opened the scoring when the Stars turned the puck over in the offensive zone and Philip Larsen got caught up ice. While Adam Pardy played the 2-on-1 correctly, Kari Lehtonen couldn't stop a hot shot from Mikkel Boedker for a first-period Phoenix lead.
The Yotes owned the momentum for much of the first period, helped out by a few power plays where they didn't score but created a variety of quality chances.
The Stars turned their game around in the second period and started to go on the offensive. They were rewarded with several power plays and eventually drew a 5-on-3 for more than a minute. Although the 2-man advantage part fizzled without much success, Michael Ryder bunted a puck out of the air on the 5-on-4 segment of the power play to tie the game.
From then, the Stars had the majority of the chances, though Phoenix still had moments where players like Shane Doan and Ray Whitney created scary moments for the Stars defense.
But it was the Stars own turnover that led to the game winner in overtime. Steve Ott won the faceoff clean behind the net, but Mark Fistric took the puck behind the net and then turned it over to Whitney, who found a wide-open Radim Vrbata for his 28th goal of the season.
More thoughts on this game after the jump.If you're inclined to be a glass-half-full type of person, which is usually my default, you'll be happy the Stars got one point out of this game and in general continued their streak of solid play. Phoenix has been a very tough matchup for the Stars ever since Dave Tippett took his playoff-making ways to the desert, and Mike Smith came into the game riding more than two solid games of shutout play.