Stars 4, Coyotes 3: Jaromir Jagr capped a four-point night by setting up Loui Eriksson, who scored to snap a tie with 6:55 remaining in the third period as host Dallas defeated Phoenix in the season opener for both teams.
Signed to a one-year, $4.5 million deal in the offseason, Jagr paid immediate dividends by scoring twice to increase his career goal total to 667. Fellow 40-year-old Ray Whitney added a goal and an assist against his former team and Kari Lehtonen turned aside 37 shots for the Stars.
Radim Vrbata collected two goals and an assist while Lauri Korpikoski also tallied for the Coyotes, who held a 40-26 advantage in shots.
After Vrbata scored on a breakaway to tie the contest at 3-all early in the third period, Jagr fed Eriksson in the slot. The Swede promptly beat Mike Smith for the game-winning goal.
Jagr opened the scoring on a partial breakaway with 1:24 remaining in the first period before knotting the contest at 2-all late in the second by wiring a shot from just inside the faceoff circle.
GAME NOTEBOOK: Prior to Jagr's first goal, the last 40-year-old to score for Dallas was Guy Carbonneau on March 29, 2000. ... Phoenix LW Raffi Torres continued his suspension for his brutal hit on Chicago's Marian Hossa during last season's playoffs. Torres will be sidelined for seven more games. ... Mike Modano took part in the ceremonial puck drop. Modano, who guided Dallas to the Stanley Cup in 1999, returned to the Stars as an executive adviser and alternate governor.