Mike Smith stopped 21 shots, Lauri Korpikoski and Martin Hanzal both scored, and the Phoenix Coyotes extended their point streak to five games with a 2-1 win over the visiting Minnesota Wild on Monday night.
The Wild went more than 15 minutes without a shot spanning the second and third periods and hit the post twice to remain winless on the road this season (0-3-1).
After a shaky start to its defense of last year's Pacific Division crown, Phoenix has rounded back into defense-first form.
Clogging shooting lanes and diving in front of pucks, the Coyotes have made their end of the ice claustrophobic for opposing teams again, allowing six goals during a five-game point streak after allowing 20 in the first five games.
"This is pretty much Coyotes hockey," Hanzal said.
Stars 3, Avalanche 2: Jamie Benn scored his first two goals of the season, and visiting Dallas beat Colorado, spoiling the night for Milan Hejduk as the Avalanche forward was honored for playing in his 1,000th NHL game.
Canucks 3, Oilers 2: Chris Tanev scored at 4:40 of overtime, and visiting Vancouver rallied for its season-high third straight victory. The Canucks tied the score with 2:17 remaining when a long shot from Kevin Bieksa beat Edmonton goalie Devan Dubnyk stick-side.
Trade: The New York Rangers traded rugged forward Mike Rupp to the Minnesota Wild for forwards Darroll Powe and Nick Palmieri.
Red Wings: Detroit put rookie defenseman Brendan Smith on injured reserve, and he will be out two to four weeks with a sprained right shoulder.