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Stars match franchise record with 51st win

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) -- Shootouts are virtually automatic
victories for the Dallas Stars. Saturday night was no exception.

Jussi Jokinen and Bill Guerin scored shootout goals to give the
Stars a 3-2 come-from-behind victory over the Phoenix Coyotes.

The victory was the 51st of the season for the Stars, matching
their franchise record set in 1998-99, the year Dallas won its only
Stanley Cup. Dallas improved to 12-1 in shootouts this season.

Guerin, whose goal as the third skater in the shootout clinched
the victory, had missed the last 11 games with a fractured orbital
bone in his right eye socket.

"I felt good," he said. "I'm just going to need these last
couple of games to get in shape for the playoffs, and tonight was a
step in the right direction."

It was his first shootout goal.

"Lord knows he's been shooting enough pucks the last week,"
Dallas coach Dave Tippett said. "Hopefully with something like
that he gets a spark, gets him back in the groove."

Both Thomas and Geoff Sanderson missed their shootout attempts
for Phoenix.

"We were all right," Tippett said of his team's overall
performance. "I wouldn't class that as a masterpiece by any
stretch of the imagination -- from play to officiating to the whole
works."

Jokinen is the league's master in shootouts. He made his first
nine this season, but had missed his last three.

Power-play goals by Shane Doan and Bill Thomas put the Coyotes
ahead 2-0 at 8:47 of the third period. It was the first NHL goal
for Thomas, a 22-year-old right wing signed out of the University
of Nebraska-Omaha on March 27.

His score came when goalie Johan Hedberg deflected Doan's shot.

"The goalie made a great save," Thomas said. "I was just kind
of in the right place at the right time."

But Dallas scored on Philippe Boucher's power play goal at
10:51, then tied it at 2-2 on Brenden Morrow's one-timer at 14:22.

"Our Achilles' heel has been killing penalties at home,"
Phoenix coach Wayne Gretzky said. "They get a power play goal and
it's a 2-1 hockey game. You get the number of points they have as a
team by hard work, and we knew they weren't going to quit by any
means."

Phoenix had a power play to start the overtime but couldn't
score.

The Stars were playing two nights after clinching their seventh
division title in nine seasons with a 5-3 victory at Anaheim.
Dallas was without captain Mike Modano, who injured his left knee
in the second period of that game. The injury is not considered
serious.

The Coyotes broke a scoreless tie with 1:01 left in the first
period at 19:59 on a power play when Paul Mara's left-handed shot
first was deflected by Mike Johnson, then by Doan into the net to
the right of goalie Johan Hedberg. It was a team-high 29th goal of
the season for the Coyotes' captain.

But Phoenix failed to score, and got off only one shot, with a
two-man advantage for two minutes early in the second period after
Morrow went to the penalty box for holding and teammate Antti
Miettinen for hooking.

"That's huge, you know," Guerin said. "Our guys that work in
the five-on-threes, they're workhorses and they sacrifice their
bodies. That stuff wins you games."

Game notes
Before the game, Joseph was given a watch to commemorate
moving to No. 6 in career NHL wins. ... The Coyotes lost Tyson Nash
with a thigh bruise in the first period. ... Modano has missed only
30 games in the past seven seasons, two this season.