Jagr shines in Dallas debut as Stars top Coyotes

Jagr shines in Dallas debut as Stars top Coyotes
January 19, 2013, 11:04 pm
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Fans cheers in the background as Dallas Stars right wing Jaromir Jagr (68) celebrates his goal with teammate Derek Roy during the first period of an NHL hockey game against the Phoenix Coyotes on Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013, in Dallas. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

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DALLAS (AP) Jaromir Jagr scored two goals and assisted on the game-winner in his Dallas debut, and the Stars opened the shortened season with a 4-3 victory against the Phoenix Coyotes on Saturday night.

Jagr, the NHL's active leader in goals, assists and points, had a hand in all four goals for Dallas. Ray Whitney, Phoenix's leading scorer last season, scored a goal in the first game against his former team.

Loui Eriksson broke a 3-all tie when he took a pass from Jagr in the slot and beat Mike Smith. The sequence started with a turnover by Phoenix's Martin Hanzal, and Jagr grabbed the rebound in the corner after a hard shot by Derek Roy.

Radim Vrbata scored twice for the Coyotes, who went to the Western Conference finals last year after the franchise had never won more than one playoff series in a history dating to 1979 in Winnipeg.