Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 2/1/13
DALLAS -- Jaromir Jagr's shootout goal was the difference for the Dallas Stars in a 4-3 win over the Phoenix Coyotes, ending a four-game losing streak by the Stars. Phoenix goaltender Mike Smith got a glove on Jagr's shot but it still landed in the back of the Dallas net. Dallas (3-4-1) had taken a 2-0 lead in the first period after Antoine Roussel, who was making his NHL debut, scored the first goal of his career midway through the period, beating Smith with a backhand over his left shoulder. Stars rookie defenseman Brenden Dillon added the first goal of his career two minutes later with an unassisted score, blasting a 58-foot slapshot that deflected off the Coyotes' Derek Morris before landing in the net. However, Phoenix's Radim Vrbata cut the Dallas lead to 2-1 with six minutes left in the first period. Vrbata's shot deflected off the stick of Dallas center Jamie Benn to make it a one-goal game heading into the second. Phoenix needed 45 seconds to tie it at 2-2, one second after going off the power play. Martin Hanzal knocked home a rebound at the far post with a backhand after Oliver Ekman-Larsson's initial shot was denied by a pad save from Stars goaltender Kari Lehtonen. Dallas recaptured the lead at 14:14 of the second when Michael Ryder beat Smith short side from the top of the left face-off circle for his fourth goal of the year. However, that lead again didn't last as Hanzal scored again at 18:26, this time getting the better of Lehtonen with a 39-foot wrist shot to the far side. Hanzal had a pair of goals for Phoenix in the loss while Ekman-Larsson chipped in two assists and Vrbata had a goal and an assist. NOTES: Dallas defenseman Jamie Oleksiak and Roussel each made their NHL debuts on Friday night. Oleksiak, 20, was the 14th overall pick in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft while Roussel, 23, was signed as a free agent during the offseason. Roussel is the first Dallas player to score in his debut since Ray Sawada did in Feb. 2009 against Edmonton. ... Smith started for the first time since Jan. 23 against Columbus. Smith had missed Phoenix's previous two games with a lower body injury after not dressing in the two games prior. ... Dallas center Derek Roy missed a third straight game with a groin injury but should return on Monday at Colorado. ... The Coyotes have scored on the power play in seven of their first eight game. ... Dallas center Jamie Benn, a 2012 All-Star, made his season home debut after signing a five-year contract last Thursday.
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