You Scratch My Back … (Stars Aligned; 11.14.23)

Ross James/ALOST

akoiki-passport2 – by Adesina O. Koiki
A Lot of Sports Talk editor-in-chief

DALLAS — Turnabout is always fair play, and soon after Tyler Seguin put the Stars back into a position to pull out a victory on Tuesday night, he then turned provider as Dallas completed its late comeback.

Matt Duchene scored 42 seconds into overtime off a feed from Seguin on a 2-on-1 breakaway, the game-winning goal in the Stars’ 4-3 victory over the Arizona Coyotes inside American Airlines Center for the team’s fourth consecutive victory. Seguin tied the game at the with 3:20 remaining in regulation on a breakaway that was set up by a stretch pass from Duchene, with the goal capping a wild third-period sequence that saw three goals scored — two by the Coyotes — in a 4:29-minute span late in the session.

Dallas, who began a five-game homestand tonight, has now won four straight.

Duchene, who has scored three of the Stars’ 11 game-winning goals this season, joined Dallas in the offseason after four seasons with the Nashville Predators, adding to the depth of the Stars’ forwards as the third-line center, flanked by Seguin and left wing Mason Marchment. Tonight’s goal and assist improved Duchene’s point-scoring streak to four games, and he has scored at least two points in three of the last four contests. Seguin has also scored at least two points in three of the last four games.

“We’re still working on it. Still looking at video nonstop and continuously getting better.” Seguin said about the chemistry with playing with Duchene. “I don’t think our line has reached its peak yet, but it’s pretty good right now.”

Arizona turned around a 2-1 deficit in the third with two goals in a 2:25 span, starting with Jason Zucker’s one-timed goal on the power play at 12:11, set up by a perfect saucer pass from the left circle by Matias Maccelli. The Coyotes took the lead soon thereafter, as Sean Durzi’s flipped pass forward found a streaking Lawson Crouse, who then beat the poke check attempt of Stars goalkeeper Jake Oettinger to score at 14:26 and give the Coyotes their first lead since Clayton Keller’s goal five minutes into the game opened the scoring.

Unfortunately, we couldn’t hold the lead, and there was a lot of frustration there,” Coyotes head coach Andre Tourigny said. “It’s a good thing when you play against that kind of opponent in overtime and lose with that kind of frustration. In some ways it’s a good feeling. We’re really close.”

Just before the end of the first period, Esa Lindell scored on a wrist shot off a pass from fellow defenseman Nils Lundkvist to tie the game. Dallas took its first lead with the only goal scored in the second period, as Roope Hintz’s power-play tally at 9:32 game the Stars a 2-1 advantage.

*Editor’s note: Above the byline is the photo gallery from Tuesday evening’s game, with all photos taken by Dallas-area photographer Ross James. After clicking on the first photo to enlarge the picture, make sure to press the left and right arrow buttons to scroll through the rest of the pictures. There are 28 pictures in total.

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