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Stars get crucial shootout win over Coyotes

Mike Ribeiro scored the game-winning goal in the 3 victory over the Phoenix Coyotes in a key Pacific Division battle on Tuesday at American Airlines Center.

Ribeiro picked up the puck and went in on Coyotes' netminder Mike Smith with speed. Smith lunged out and went for the poke-check, but Ribeiro pulled it back in time and easily slid it into the empty cage.

Coyotes captain Shane Doan had a chance to extend the shootout, but he was stopped by Kari Lehtonen, sealing the win for the Stars.

Ribeiro added three assists in regulation, while Loui Eriksson scored and had two helpers and Michael Ryder scored twice and had one assist for the Stars, who have won seven of their last nine games, and moved into sole possession of first place in the Pacific Division with 85 points. Lehtonen finished with 27 saves in the victory.

Ray Whitney had a goal and an assist, while Lauri Korpikoski and Oliver Ekman- Larsson scored and Doan finished with two helpers for the Coyotes, who sit in seventh place in the Western Conference, one point ahead of eighth place Colorado, which is currently battling the Calgary Flames. Smith gave up three goals on 33 shots in defeat.