Eriksson, Stars beat Coyotes in overtime

DALLAS (AP)—Loui Eriksson scored two goals, including the game-winner with 1:21 left in overtime, to help the Dallas Stars beat the Phoenix Coyotes 2-1 on Tuesday night.

Mike Ribeiro held the puck behind the net before passing to an open Eriksson, who put the rebound of his own shot past Ilja Bryzgalov.

Dallas goalie Marty Turco, who made a season-high 37 saves to beat Detroit in his previous start Friday, had 22 stops. The Stars held a 1-0 lead for more than two periods before the Coyotes tied it at 10:51 of the third on Todd Fedoruk’s goal.

Bryzgalov had 28 saves for Phoenix, which dropped to 0-4 in overtime.

The Stars played their first game since cutting ties with Sean Avery on Sunday. The forward was eligible to return Tuesday from a six-game suspension after making a crude comment about ex-girlfriends dating other hockey players, but the team instead decided to part ways with Avery.

The last-place Stars also are missing six key players because of injuries.

Eriksson, the team’s leading goal scorer with 14, gave the Stars a 1-0 lead at 3:15 of the first period. He took a centering pass from Chris Conner in front of the net and barely got the puck past Bryzgalov.

It was Eriksson’s first point in six games.

The lead help up until midway through the third before the Coyotes, who are 4-1-1 in their last six games at Dallas, tied it.

Off a rebound from Peter Mueller’s shot, Fedoruk picked up the loose puck in front of the net and beat Turco at 10:51.


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