Falling Stars: Coyotes’ coach tops former team
Schlemko scored his first career goal,
“It was a special one for Coach Tippett,” said Schlemko, who two seasons ago was playing 90 minutes northwest of Phoenix for the Arizona Sundogs. “I think it felt good to get his old team.”
Tippett was near the top of the
“You’d be lying to say it wasn’t (special),” Tippett said. “First and foremost you come into the game and you want to prepare your team but you also know a lot of those people there very well. I was there for a long time. It’s not just coaching. It’s friendships.”
“It’s a huge win to get out of that funk there,” Schlemko said.
“We didn’t win the battles in front of the net and we didn’t win the battles of the faceoffs tonight,”
Schlemko broke a 1-1 tie with 24.3 seconds left in the second period when he took a pass from
Vrbata extended Phoenix’s lead to 3-1 with 16:25 to go from the left side of the crease off a pass from
“I was so surprised to have an open net like that I almost missed it,” Vrbata said.
Niskanen pulled Dallas within 3-2 with a shot from the right point for the
Lang opened the scoring 12 seconds into the second period when he backhanded a rebound past Turco from the low right slot.
Modano tied the game 1-1 at 6:12 of the second period on a sharp backhand shot from the right circle.
“Things seem to happen a lot easier when you get on a roll,” Turco said. “You don’t feel like you’re grinding it and others get on a roll and carry a team. But that hasn’t been the case for us.”
NOTES: Phoenix captain