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Prucha scores 53 seconds into OT as Coyotes edge Stars 6-5

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Prucha scores 53 seconds into OT as Coyotes edge Stars 6-5

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GLENDALE, Ariz. - Petr Prucha scored 53 seconds into overtime to lift the Phoenix Coyotes to a 6-5 victory over the Dallas Stars on Monday night.

Prucha took a pass from Shane Doan at the top right corner of the crease and shoved the puck past Dallas goalie Tobias Stephan for a power-play goal just 16 seconds after Andrew Hutchinson was whistled for tripping.

Enver Lisin and Scottie Upshall scored two goals apiece and Doan added his team-leading 29th goal for the Coyotes, who won for the second time in three games.

Brendan Morrison, Hutchinson, Darryl Sydor, Chris Conner and Loui Eriksson scored for the Stars, who have lost seven straight. Dallas is 4-12-2 since moving a season-best eight games over .500 on February 19.

Upshall gave Phoenix a 5-3 lead with 8:02 remaining on a wrist shot from the top of the left circle.

But Conner took a long outlet pass from Brendan Morrison behind the Phoenix defence and scored on the breakaway with 5:26 remaining and Sydor scored from the right wing with 57.4 seconds left to send the game into overtime.

Morrison gave Dallas a 1-0 lead at 2:04 of the first on a wrist shot over Bryzgalov's right shoulder. Upshall tied the game with a power-play goal nearly six minutes later, taking a pass from Matthew Lombardi on the right doorstep and flipping a wrist shot into the net.

Lisin, who had been a healthy scratch in nine straight games, snapped a 1-1 tie with 7:44 left in the first period when he pulled the puck to his forehand only to watch it bounce off a defenceman's stick and past Stephan from the front of the crease.

Hutchinson tied the game 2-2 at 1:16 of the second period when his one-timer bounced through traffic in front of the net and past Phoenix goalie Ilya Bryzgalov.

Doan scored 31 seconds later on a knuckling one-timer from the left faceoff circle and Lisin added his second goal at 4:32 of the period on a wrist shot into to the top right corner to give the Coyotes a 4-2 lead.

Eriksson cut the lead to 4-3 on a power-play goal with 4:49 left in the second.

Notes: Lisin had played in only two of the Coyotes last 13 games. ... Emergency callups Dan Jancevski and Garrett Stafford both played for the Stars in place of defencemen Stephane Robidas and Mark Fistric. Robidas is day-to-day with a lower-body injury and Fistric is day-to-day with an upper-body injury. ... RW Krystofer Barch, D Trevor Daley and C Brian Sutherby also are day-to-day with lower-body injuries for Dallas. ... The Coyotes are 4-0-1 in their last five games against the Stars. ... Bryzgalov had a 127-minute shutout streak against the Stars snapped on Morrison's goal.

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Prucha scores 53 seconds into OT as Coyotes edge Stars 6-5