Jamie Benn keeps his team alive with a shootout goal past Phoenix's Mike Smith. The Coyotes dropped to 2-4-2.


DALLAS - A combination of youthful enthusiasm and veteran composure under pressure turned out to be a winning recipe for the Dallas Stars.

Propelled by the first NHL goals from rookies Antoine Roussel and Brenden Dillon, the Stars finished off the Phoenix Coyotes 4-3 with shootout goals from veterans Jaromir Jagr and Jamie Benn on Friday night.

After netting four goals in the opener against Phoenix - another 4-3 win for Dallas - the Stars had scored only nine times in the next six games before breaking out.

"I think there's still room for improvement offensively, as far as putting more shots on net and creating more zone time," said Dallas coach Glen Gulutzan, whose club has been outshot in every game this season.

Roussel scored in his NHL debut, Dillon had his first career goal and assist, and Michael Ryder also scored as Dallas (3-4-1) snapped a four-game losing streak (0-3-1).

Phoenix trailed 2-0 and 3-2 before getting even in the third period. Radim Vrbata had the only goal for the Coyotes (2-4-2) in the shootout.

Martin Hanzal scored twice in the second period, Vrbata added a goal and an assist, and Oliver Ekman-Larsson had two assists for Phoenix.

"I thought our team hung around the game, competed really hard and gave ourselves a chance to win but in the end gave a point up," Coyotes coach Dave Tippett said.

With the Coyotes ahead 1-0 in the shootout and the Stars down to their final shooter, Benn beat goalie Mike Smith with a wrist shot. After Dallas' Kari Lehtonen denied Ekman-Larsson, Jagr's wrist shot hit the bottom of Smith's glove, rolled over the goalie's pad, and trickled over the line to give the Stars the win.

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