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Coyote goalie Joseph marks 406th career win with 32 stops

DALLAS (AP) -- Curtis Joseph and the Phoenix Coyotes' penalty
killers -- led by Boyd Devereaux and Mike Ricci -- were too much for
the Dallas Stars.

Joseph stopped 32 shots for his 406th career win, eighth in NHL
history, and the Coyotes ended Dallas' five-game winning streak
with a 4-1 victory Friday night.

Dallas scored on only one of 12 power plays, failing to
capitalize on a two-man advantage for 33 seconds with less than 13
minutes remaining.

"We had a great penalty kill," Joseph said. "The boys did a
good job of letting me see the puck. Our penalty kill was the
difference."

The Stars had gone 13 games with at least three goals, one short
of matching the franchise record. Dallas outscored opponents 53-36
during that stretch, but Joseph frustrated the Stars all night.

"They have a lot of team speed and a strong group of
forwards," Phoenix coach Wayne Gretzky said. "We made a couple of
adjustments after the second period and then we played a smart
third. I'm thrilled with the victory."

Mike Comrie, Shane Doan and Paul Mara had power-play goals for
the Coyotes, 7-3-1 in their last 11 games.

Comrie was stopped by Dallas goaltender Marty Turco on a penalty
shot at 13:16 of the final period that would have extended
Phoenix's lead to two goals, but Mara made it 3-1 at 14:45 while
Phoenix had a two-man advantage.

"I made a move and (Turco) just made a great save," Comrie
said. "But we were able to keep the pressure on and we got the
power-play goal right after that."

Jamie Lundmark added an even-strength goal for the Coyotes at
15:43 of the final period to extend the lead to 4-1.

Jussi Jokinen scored on the power play for the Stars, 8-2 in
their last 10 games. Dallas has at least one power-play goal in 13
straight games, the second longest streak in franchise history. But
the Stars' inability to cash in on any of their other 11
man-advantage situations proved to be their undoing.

"Their power play beat our power play and that was the bottom
line," Stars coach Dave Tippett said. "I still think we did some
good things. But they scored on two 5-on-3s and we didn't score on
two 5-on-3s."

Joseph had a busy first period, stopping 16 shots and negating
six Stars power plays, while the Coyotes put only five shots on
Turco.

Comrie capitalized on a two-man advantage at 7:24 of the opening
period, firing a rebound into an open net for a 1-0 lead.

Doan made it 2-0 at 5:35 of the second period when his
power-play drive from the left circle trickled in off Turco's pads.

Jokinen's power-play rebound at 8:37 of the second period pulled
Dallas within 2-1 on the Stars' 23rd shot.

Joseph still dominated the period with 10 more saves, the
toughest coming on Martin Skoula's close-range attempt at 15:04
while the Stars were on their eighth power play.

"We were getting shots but not that many that were point
blank," Dallas center Mike Modano said.

Game notes
Stars D Jon Klemm was back in the lineup after missing two
games with a groin injury. ... The crowd was announced at 18,584,
the largest for a regular-season hockey game at the American
Airlines Center. There were 55 standing room tickets included in
the total. ... The Stars' franchise record for consecutive games
with at least one power-play goal is 17 from Oct. 11-Nov. 18, 1986,
when the team was based in Minnesota. ... Phoenix is 4-8-3 in its
last 15 meetings with Dallas. ... Comrie is 0-for-3 on career
penalty shots. ... Dallas' Bill Guerin played in his 900th career
game.