Coyotes 2, Stars 1

Jonathan Dalton, The Sports Xchange
The SportsXchange

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Shane Doan scored his team-leading eighth goal of the season and Rob Klinkhammer added his first career goal as the Phoenix Coyotes edged the Dallas Stars 2-1 on Saturday night.
Coyotes goaltender Mike Smith, who had allowed 16 goals in his past three games, had 20 saves against the team with which he began his career.
Phoenix snapped a two-game losing streak and jumped a point ahead of the Stars and the San Jose Sharks in the Pacific Conference standings.
Jaromir Jagr scored his 10th goal on the first of Dallas' two five-on-three power plays.
Doan gave Phoenix a 1-0 lead at 16:59 of the first period after a series of passes. Steve Sullivan carried the puck into the zone and found Oliver Ekman-Larsson racing over the blue line. Ekman-Larsson evaded the defense with a swooping spin to his right and passed behind the net to Antoine Vermette, who then threw the puck to Doan in front.
Klinkhammer, who on Thursday was recalled from Portland of the American Hockey League for the second time, made it 2-0 at 7:31 of the second when he took a pass from Ben Gordon at the top left side of the crease and fired into the open left side of the net.
Jagr cut the lead to 2-1 at 18:19 of the period when, with 17 seconds left in Dallas' initial two-man advantage, he skated toward the middle and beat Smith on a hard shot from just inside the top of the right faceoff circle.
The Stars, who had their two-game winning streak snapped, gained a second two-man advantage midway through the third when a diving Vermette sent the puck into the stands while trying to clear the Phoenix zone.
But Zbynek Michalek made a crucial block and Smith stopped the couple of shots that got through to preserve the victory.
NOTES: Doan entered the game with 30 goals and 37 assists in 96 games against Dallas. ... Stars left winger Brenden Morrow, who felt a "tweak" in his groin and missed the last 10 minutes of Dallas' win at Los Angeles on Thursday, was scratched from Saturday's lineup. ... Phoenix center Matthew Lombardi was scratched with an upper-body injury. Lombardi has played in only 12 of 25 games this season. ... Right winger Radim Vrbata missed his 10th straight game with a lower-body injury. ... Coyotes coach Dave Tippett entered the game 12-5-4 against his former team, including a 7-2-1 record at Jobing.Com Arena. ... Klinkhammer made his Coyotes debut. Klinkhammer has played in 16 career games, all but one with Ottawa, and has two career assists. ... Arizona Senator John McCain was in attendance.

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