NHL Game Summary - Dallas at Los Angeles|
(Saturday, April 2nd)
Final Score: Los Angeles 3, Dallas 1
Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) - Matt Greene's goal with 7:10 to play in the
third helped the Los Angeles Kings take a 3-1 win over the Dallas Stars at
The win gave Los Angeles 96 points and a tie for fourth with Phoenix in the
Western Conference, but the Kings remained five behind San Jose for the top
spot in the Pacific Division after the Sharks beat Anaheim later Saturday.
Los Angeles' next game is in San Jose on Monday.
Wayne Simmonds had a goal and an assist while Jonathan Quick stopped 24 shots
for the Kings, who have won five of six.
"This was an important game and like the month of March, every game that we've
be involved in it's been a playoff-like attitude compete," said Los Angeles
head coach Terry Murray. "It was a great win by the group of guys in that
locker room today."
Brad Richards had the lone goal while Kari Lehtonen stopped 29-of-31 shots for
the Stars, who have dropped six straight and eight of nine.
"We're still alive and kicking and you just have to believe that your luck is
going to change," said Dallas head coach Marc Crawford. "It was a very even
game and they caught the break and we didn't, end of story."
The loss is a big blow to any hopes of a playoff spot for Dallas. The Stars
are five points back of Chicago with five games to play.
With the score tied in the third, Greene blasted a shot from the top of the
right circle and it hit off the skate of Mark Fistric and went into the net
for a 2-1 lead.
Dallas pulled Lehtonen to try for the equalizer, but Dustin Brown sealed the
win with an empty-netter in the final moments.
After a scoreless first period that saw each goaltender make 12 saves, the
Kings took a 1-0 lead at the 4:15 mark of the middle session.
Willie Mitchell blasted a shot on net from the right point that hit off of
Simmonds and was slowed down by the goaltender. It was headed into the net and
Fistric tried to clear it out, but he couldn't get enough on it and the puck
However, Dallas tied the game 1:13 later as a wrister from Richards on the fly
at the right circle trickled through Quick for his 26th goal of the year.
Dallas plays at Anaheim on Sunday...The Kings took four of the six games
against the Stars this season...Neither team had a power play in the game as
the only penalties were a pair of matching minors to Mike Ribeiro of Dallas
and Brad Richardson on Los Angeles late in the second period.
04/03 01:35:54 ET