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Stars come from two goals down to edge Coyotes

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.

But powered by timely goals from Mike Modano and Sergei Zubov,
the Stars came from behind to defeat the Phoenix Coyotes 5-3
Saturday night.

Dallas trailed 3-1 in the second period, but Modano scored in
the second period and Zubov, Niko Kapanen, and Jere Lehtinen added
third-period goals to lift the Stars, who closed October 6-4-1.

"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.

Shane Doan fired in a slap shot from the left circle at 3:22,
and Mike Ricci extended the lead with a power-play goal at 9:41.
Both goals were set up by Geoff Sanderson.

"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."

Game notes
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.