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Recap: Stars , Coyotes
Date: March 01, 2011 9:00 PM EDT

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) - Jamie Benn scored a power-play goal with 4.8 seconds left after Phoenix tied it late, lifting the Dallas Stars to a 3-2 win over the Coyotes on Tuesday night.

Dallas appeared to be in control, ahead 2-0 on goals by Tom Wandell in the first period and Jamie Langenbrunner in the third.


The Coyotes, just like they did against Chicago on Sunday, came roaring back, getting goals by new defenseman Rostislav Klesla and Ray Whitney with less than 4 minutes left.

Benn made sure Dallas didn't come away disappointed, taking advantage of a hooking penalty on Phoenix's Radim Vrbata with 13 seconds left by scoring on a one-timer from Loui Eriksson to give their Stars their third straight win after losing nine of 10.

Dallas kept quiet at the trade deadline while most of the Western Conference contenders made moves.

The Stars looked into dealing leading scorer Brad Richards before deciding to stick what they've got for the playoff push. Richards missed his seventh straight game with concussion-like symptoms, though he's expected to be available Friday against Anaheim.

After a 1-8-1 stretch, the Stars have started to play better even without Richards, beating Detroit and Nashville to remain in the Western Conference playoff picture.

They kept it up early against the struggling Coyotes, getting a goal from Wandell late in the first after Toby Petersen fished the puck away from Coyotes defenseman Michal Rozsival near the side of the net.

Langenbrunner seemed to put Dallas well on its way to winning late in the third, when a shot by Steve Ott caromed off his skate past Ilya Brzygalov.

Phoenix fought its way back, though, and quickly.

Klesla, brought in to shore up the defense with Ed Jovanovski out, provided an offensive lift in his first game since Jan. 11, scoring with 3:39 left to give Phoenix hope. Whitney brought the crowd to its feet with a one-timer on a pass from Shane Doan, tying the score with 38 seconds left.

The euphoria didn't last.

Vrbata was called for hooking 25 seconds later and Benn made them pay, beating Ilya Brzygalov glove side to send the Coyotes to their fourth straight loss.

Notes: Phoenix C Eric Belanger has played in all 65 games this season and is one away from 700 for his career. ... Dallas D Nicklas Grossman missed his seventh straight game with a hip injury. ... Dallas not lost in regulation (18-0-2) when leading after two periods since Oct. 31, 2009 against Nashville.

The Associated Press News Service

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