Turris, Bryzgalov lift Coyotes past Stars

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GLENDALE, Arizona (Ticker) -- The Phoenix Coyotes finally were

rewarded with two points after playing beyond regulation.

Rookie Kyle Turris scored the decisive goal in the fifth round

of the shootout and Ilya Bryzgalov turned aside 38 shots as the

Coyotes claimed their first win after more than 60 minutes of

play this season with a 1-0 triumph over the Dallas Stars on

Saturday in a battle of Pacific Division rivals.

Peter Mueller and Steven Reinprecht also were successful in the

bonus format for Phoenix, which improved to 15-6-2 at Jobing.com

Arena this campaign.

Bryzgalov made nine saves in the first period, 11 in the second,

13 in the third and five in overtime for his second shutout of

the season and seventh career.

"I thought that Bryzgalov was no question our best player

tonight," Coyotes coach Wayne Gretzky said. "When your

goaltender is the best player, it makes life a lot easier for

everything."

"It's the NHL. Nothing's easy here, but we did an extremely

good job in front of the net, limit as much as possible the

opportunities and let me to see the puck more clearly,"

Bryzgalov said. "I just react with the play and follow the

players."

Marty Turco finished with 28 saves for Dallas, which ended its

four-game road trip with a 1-2-1 mark.

Turco turned aside six shots in the first period, 12 in the

second, eight in the third and two in overtime for his first

blanking of the season and 34th career.

"When you get a shutout, you think that you should get the win.

We didn't," Dallas coach Dave Tippett said. "We're in the

winning business. We're not in the just-about business."

"It certainly felt like we deserved better," Turco added.

The Coyotes lost all five of their previous games which extended

beyond regulation - and both of their shootouts as well.

In the fifth round of the bonus format, Turris skated wide right

before issuing a deke and backhanding the puck past Turco to

seal the win.

"I've practiced it," Turris said of his approach. "I just kind

of thought about it when the other guys were shooting and

thought I'd try it out."

"From a pure hockey point of view, it's just a hard pill to

swallow to lose a game on contests, so to speak," Gretzky said.

"It is what it is. Everybody has to deal with it. Probably the

people who don't enjoy it the most are the coaches."

Mueller scored in the second round by wristing the puck just

inside the left goalpost, but Mike Ribeiro leveled the shootout

in the third round.

Rookie James Neal improved to 2-for-2 in the bonus format by

wristing a shot past Bryzgalov in the fourth round, but

Reinprecht evened the contest by unleashing a backhander that

beat Turco and remained lodged in the netting.

Turco kept the game scoreless with 3:14 remaining in the third

period with a succession of saves. The veteran netminder made

the initial stop on rookie Mikkel Boedker's shot from the slot

and then made a glove save while laying on the ice to deny

Turris from the doorstep.

"It (stinks) to get to overtime with these guys when you had a

chance to win in regulation," Turco said.

"We played better as a team," Dallas' Brad Richards said.

"Early in the game, we had chances. We'd like to have a few

opportunities back, but I'm sure they would, too. We just

didn't find the play to put the puck in the net."

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