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Reinprecht scores two, Coyotes end home losing streak with 5-2 win over Stars

GLENDALE, Ariz. - Steven Reinprecht and the Phoenix Coyotes will take all the lucky bounces they can get, especially at home.

Reinprecht had two goals and an assist to lead the Phoenix Coyotes past the Dallas Stars 5-2 on Thursday night, snapping a six-game home losing streak.

Reinprecht broke a 1-1 tie at 4:16 of the second period when Marty Turco skated behind the net to try and corral Derek Morris' shot from the point. But the puck bounced off the end boards to Reinprecht in the left faceoff circle, and the Coyotes' centre fired the puck behind a lunging Turco into the vacated net.

"I think that's the first time in my hockey life I've gotten a bounce like that," Reinprecht said. "We got two quick ones back-to-back and that's always good for momentum."

Ed Jovanovski made it 3-1 less than two minutes later on a blast from the high slot.

Jovanovski added two assists, and Mike York and Keith Ballard each had a goal and an assist for the Coyotes, who won at home for the first time since a 3-2 victory opening night against St. Louis.

"It's been a long time," said Coyotes coach Wayne Gretzky. "What was disappointing is other than the two losses, we competed well and played well in the other five home games."

Gretzky was referring to the Coyotes' 5-2 losses to Detroit on Oct. 20, and Anaheim on Nov. 3.

The Coyotes returned to the .500 mark for the first time since Oct. 11, when they were 2-2-0.

"It's big for a number of reasons," Reinprecht said. "It put us at .500, it was our division, so it was a four-point swing and it was a home win. We hadn't won at home in a while so in a lot of ways it was a big win for us."

Brenden Morrow and Stephane Robidas scored for the Stars, who have lost five of seven.

Robidas pulled Dallas to 3-2 with 17 minutes left, flipping a half-speed shot at the net from the right half-boards and tucking the puck under the crossbar.

But Reinprecht scored his second when his rebound of his own shot trickled between Turco's pads to make it 4-2 with 11:35 remaining.

Ballard capped the scoring with 6:06 to go.

"Defensively we're mobile," Jovanovski said. "All of us have the capability of pushing up, going to the play and putting the puck on net."

York's power-play goal with 1:26 left in the first period gave Phoenix a 1-0 lead. The Coyotes cycled the puck around the Stars' zone before Niko Kapanen found York to the right of the goal for the one-timer over Turco's shoulder.

"That's just chasing the game," said Stars coach Dave Tippett. "The team that has the lead is going to have a real advantage. If there was a fault in this game that was the fault."

Morrow tied the game at 1 at 1:24 of the second with a short-angle shot from the hashes near the bottom of the left faceoff circle. It was the Stars' first goal against Phoenix in more than four periods, spanning two games.

"You look at the standings and they're right there," Robidas said. "It's not going to get any easier. Those young guys are going to gain confidence. More games they play the more confident they're going to get. They're just going to get better."

Notes: The Coyotes have scored 11 goals in their last two games, equalling the output of their previous five. ... Jovanovski's goal was the 99th of his career. ... Attendance was announced at 12,027 but there were several thousand fewer seats filled. ... Vancouver and San Jose are the last two remaining teams with only one home win. ... The Coyotes have won two straight against the Stars. ... Coyotes C Peter Mueller, who had a hat trick Wednesday in Anaheim, had two assists. ... Dallas lost for just the second time in 10 games in Glendale. ... Morrow has 18 goals and 16 assists in 40 career games against Phoenix.


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