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Stars Light Up Coyotes 4-0


Jamie Langenbrunner managed a rare smile Saturday after his 20-game streak without a goal had finally come to an end.

Langenbrunner scored twice and teammate Grant Marshall also had two goals as the Dallas Stars extended their winning streak to five games with a 4-0 victory over the Phoenix Coyotes on Saturday.

"It was getting real frustrating," said Langenbrunner, whose previous goal came on Dec. 20 of last year."I said it wasn't, but it really was. It starts to wear on you and you second-guess yourself a little bit. I hope this gets my confidence going again."

Langenbrunner started his second NHL season with a hot hand, scoring nine goals over a 13-game span in November and December before the goals stopped coming. Langenbrunner continued to contribute, however, registering five assists over his previous seven games before notching his 18th and 19th goals on Saturday.

"He kept playing the same way he was before when he was on a rampage," said Langenbrunner's linemate, Mike Modano, who had two assists."The chances were there but the puck wasn't going in. The thing is, you can't get away from your game."

The Stars also got contributions from their defense, which shut down the Coyotes big guns in the neutral zone, and from goalie Ed Belfour, who had to stop only 13 shots for his 39th career shutout.

Belfour established a career-high with his eighth shutout of the season, extending the Stars franchise shutout record that he broke when he surpassed Cesare Moniago's previous mark of six last Dec. 10.

The slumping Coyotes remained winless in their last six games (0-5-1), and have lost all three meetings with the Stars this season. Dallas' penalty-killers kept Phoenix scoreless in eight power play opportunities as the Stars improved to a league-best 84 points.

"Today it was non-existent," Coyotes coach Jim Schoenfeld said of his team's power play."It's not from a lack of trying. You press harder and lose your composure."

The Stars were on the power play when Langenbrunner gave his team the 1-0 lead at 17:02 of the first period. Marshall's first goal of the game on a setup by Langenbrunner gave Dallas a 2-0 advantage at 5:45 of the second period.

"After that second goal, we lost our resilience," Schoenfeld said. "From that point they outclassed us. They're not first in the league by accident."

Langenbrunner made it 3-0 at 12:44 of the second, converting Jere Lehtinen's pass. Then Marshall added his eighth of goal of the season at 17:02 of the second period on another power play for a 4-0 lead.

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