GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP)—Having lost three of four, the Dallas Stars were staring at another loss and the end of a mediocre first month of the season.
“There was pressure,” Stars coach Dave Tippett said. “We had some guys who seized the opportunity and really played well. There’s a lot of positives there.”
Modano made it 3-2 when he sent a hard back-hander past Curtis Joseph on the power play at 11:26 of the second.
Zubov tied it 58 seconds into the final period and Niko Jokinen gave Dallas the lead at 10:11 after a giveaway by Phoenix’s Mike Leclerc.
“I didn’t think our effort was as strong,” Coyotes coach Wayne Gretzky said. “It wasn’t just one guy, it was the whole group.”
The Coyotes took a 2-0 lead before 10 minutes had elapsed.
“Success comes from repeating your habits over and over and we’ve been doing that pretty well as a group, but tonight, for whatever reason, it just wasn’t there,” Gretzky said.
The Stars closed to 2-1 late in the first period when Stu Barnes sidestepped two Coyotes and sent a slap shot past Joseph at 19:07.
The Coyotes increased their margin to 3-1 when defenseman Fredik Sjostrom fired in a long slap shot from just inside the blue line at 2:46. Stars goalie Johan Hedberg appeared to be screened by Ricci.
“It was a weird game,” Hedberg said. “There were a lot of shots where I didn’t have a clue where they were. But we stayed in the game and fought, and it paid off for us.”
Before the game, the Coyotes honored Joseph for his 400th career victory. Joseph is the ninth goalie in NHL history to reach the mark. … Coyotes C Petr Nedved, playing in his 899th NHL game, injured an elbow in the first period and didn’t return. Gretzky said he will be sidelined for at least a week. … Dallas RW Bill Guerin had back spasms in the first period and left the game. … Hedberg got the start over No. 1 goalie Marty Turco, who sported an uncharacteristic 3.64 goals-against average and a 4-4-1 record. In his past two NHL seasons, Turco entered this year with a career GAA of 1.91 in four NHL seasons.