The Coyotes got three first period goals and never looked back in an easy 5-2 victory over division rival Dallas Stars. It was one of the biggest wins of the season so far for Phoenix as they start a six-game road trip on Wednesday in New Jersey.
Shane Doan got two early first period goals to get things started for Phoenix. He had a chance to get his first hat trick of his career late in the third period on a power play, but the puck bounced just right off the post. It looks as Captain Coyote is fully back from his injury that he was suffering from just a few weeks back. Ray Whitney added a power play goal late in the first period to give the Yotes a three-goal lead right out of the gates.
After James Neal scored the only goal of the second 20 minutes, Lauri Korpikoski scored a shorthanded goal early in third period to put the game away for good. Keith Yandle added another later in the period on the power play. Loui Eriksson got a PP goal to finish off the scoring, but it was too little, too late for Dallas.
Dave Tippett voiced his displeasure with his team after Thursday’s night’s game. They didn’t play well starting out and didn’t put out a great effort. That certainly wasn’t the case on Saturday night and the Dogs played the game as if it was a must win game. The Coyotes dominated in every facet of the game and they never gave Dallas a shot to get back in the game.
The Coyotes now head out on a six-game road trip, which includes four games out East and then two back closer to home. Splitting the trip would probably be what Tippett is looking for with such a tough road trip.