Coyotes’ Eric Staal and Dallas Stars’ Erik Cole get to go back to the ice together at Verizon Center
DALLAS — Eric Staad and Dallas’ Erik Cotton got to go to the rink together again Wednesday night at the Verizon Center, and that meant another game of ice skating for both.
It wasn’t just any ice-skating rink either.
The Coyotes’ blue line was there, as were their third-pair defensemen, and the Stars’ power-play unit was also there for a second game in as many days, along with their captain and two-time Vezina Trophy winner, Jason Spezza.
“It’s a lot of fun,” Staad said.
“I’m looking forward to it.”
The Stars were the favorites to win the Presidents’ Trophy on Wednesday night, but it was the Coyotes who went into the night with the better of the two teams in the Western Conference.
They had a 4-2 lead entering the third period and took a 2-1 lead into the third, but they lost 3-2 to the Stars on Friday night and fell to 1-4-1 on the road.
“We’ve been fighting all year, but we’re finally on a roll and it’s been a long time coming,” Staal said.
“I’ve been waiting to play against Dallas for a long, long time, and I thought it was going to be a long night, and it was.”
The Coyotes have won six straight, and Staal had a goal and two assists.
Cotton has three assists and two goals in his last five games.
The Stars are riding a six-game win streak and are now 3-1-1 since a 5-2 loss to Anaheim on Jan. 21.
They are tied for the league lead in points, but their three-game losing streak to the Ducks has them in the NHL’s bottom third of teams.
The Coyotes also won a pair of games Wednesday night against Colorado and Minnesota, and have a three-point lead in the race for the Western Division lead.
“There’s a big gap in the division,” Stars coach Lindy Ruff said.