DALLAS – Jussi Jokinen scored the first goal of his NHL career to break a tie late in the second period and Mike Modano added a short-handed goal midway through the third period, lifting the Dallas Stars past the Phoenix Coyotes 3-2 Tuesday night.

Dallas peppered Phoenix’s rookie goaltender David LeNeveu with 11 shots in the first period, but he allowed only one goal by Antti Miettinen. The Coyotes went on the attack in the second period, tying it early on Denis Gauthier’s goal.

But with 1:01 left in the second, LeNeveu was beaten by Jokinen with a shot from a sharp angle. Coach Wayne Gretzky’s club couldn’t recover, falling to 1-3, including 0-3 on the road.

The game turned for good midway through the third period with Phoenix on a power play. Instead of tying it, the Coyotes failed to get off a shot. In the closing seconds of the advantage, Dallas’ Philippe Boucher popped the puck out to start a two-on-none chance that Modano and Brenden Morrow executed perfectly on LeNeveu, playing his second NHL game and first on the road.

Phoenix went 0-for-6 on the power play and had just wasted 20 seconds of a 6-on-3 skating advantage when Paul Mara beat Stars goalie Marty Turco with 12.3 seconds left. The Coyotes didn’t threaten again, though.

LeNeveu stopped 20 shots. Turco made 23 saves.

The goals for Jokinen and Modano provided a nice pairing of new and old for the Stars.

Jokinen, a native of Finland, has been among the top prospects in the Dallas organization for several years. He scored five goals in the preseason to solidify his spot on the roster.

After being held without a shot the first two games, he broke that barrier in the first period. His goal came on the second shot of his career.

Modano, the Stars’ franchise leader in every significant scoring category, also got his first goal of the season. He added an assist on Jokinen’s goal.

Brett Hull failed to record a point, leaving him with one assist and no goals through four games. Hull is best known locally for scoring Dallas’ Stanley Cup-winning goal in 1999, but he also had 97 points in 71 previous games against the Stars.

Notes: Dallas, which went 2-1 on its season-opening three-game homestand, plays its next three games on the road. … Coyotes C Mike Ricci, who broke his nose Saturday, didn’t play. Neither did D Derek Morris, who missed his third straight game with a groin injury. … Dallas D Jon Klemm played for the first time after missing the first two games with back spasms.

AP-ES-10-11-05 2320EDT


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