NHL Game Summary - Dallas at Los Angeles
(Wednesday, February 18th)
Final Score: Dallas 4, Los Angeles 3
Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) - Mike Modano scored twice and Brenden Morrow's power-play goal in the third period proved to be the winner, as the Dallas Stars earned a 4-3 victory over the Los Angeles Kings at the Staples Center.
Morrow also notched an assist and Jere Lehtinen chipped in a goal and an assist for Dallas, which snapped a two-game skid and won for the first time since the All-Star break (1-2-1).
Dan Ellis made his first NHL appearance in net for the Stars and finished with 25 saves. He ended a string of 19 straight starts by Marty Turco.
"He's a real mature kid. He's got real good poise and there's just something about him that our guys and I knew," said Stars head coach Dave Tippett. "We threw him in and our guys felt good about him -- he was solid. Basically you get a win and that's a great way to start."
Luc Robitaille and Derek Armstrong each notched a goal and an assist for Los Angeles, while Sean Avery also found the back of the net. The Kings are winless in their last five (0-2-1-2).
Roman Cechmanek made the start in net for Los Angeles, but left after allowing three second-period goals. He finished with 14 saves.
The Stars trailed 1-0 heading to the second period, but Modano scored twice to give his team the lead.
Morrow started the play on the tying goal by intercepting a clearing pass at the Los Angeles blue line. He sent a pass toward the right wing for Modano, who wound up and fired a shot from the top of the right circle that found its way past Cechmanek at the 3:20 mark.
Modano then made it 2-1 just over five minutes later. He took a feed from Lehtinen, raced into the Los Angeles zone along the left wing and ripped a shot on net. Cechmanek made the save, but could not control the rebound and Modano was able to knock the puck home for his 11th goal of the season.
Lehtinen then cashed in a power play to give Dallas a 3-1 edge with 7:00 left in the period. Richard Matvichuk fanned on a shot from the left circle and Lehtinen was able to sweep the puck home with a backhand.
"Some nights (this season) our best players haven't been our best players. The exception was tonight," said Morrow. "Jere played great and Mike played great. We were shooting some pucks and getting some bounces and hopefully it builds some confidence."
Cechmanek got tangled up with one of his own players on the play and left the contest, although he did not appear injured.
The Kings got one back on a power play just over 3 1/2 minutes later. Robitaille tipped a Joe Corvo point shot on net and Armstrong scored on the rebound to make it a 3-2 game.
The Stars again grabbed a two-goal advantage at 7:56 of the third on Morrow's power-play goal. He gathered in a rebound at the right side of the crease and his shot deflected off the stick of Los Angeles defenseman Mattias Norstrom.
The Kings again pulled within one with 5:18 remaining in the contest, as Avery scored on a shot from the left circle. The puck deflected off the stick of Dallas defenseman Sergei Zubov and went through Ellis' pads.
Los Angeles pulled Cristobal Huet late in the third, but could not score the equalizer. Huet finished with 13 saves in relief of Cechmanek.
"We came out in the third period and they came out pretty hard and we gave up a power-play goal on the penalty kill," said LA's Eric Belanger. "It was pretty tough. We bounced back when we scored a goal to make it 4-3. Toward the end of the game we couldn't score but we battled."
The Kings took a 1-0 lead midway through the first period when Robitaille ripped a shot home from the top of the right circle for his 15th goal.
Morrow has six goals and two assists in his last seven games...Dallas improved to 57-0-2 in its last 59 games when leading after two periods...The season series is even at 2-2-1...Turco had appeared in Dallas' last 32 games.
02/19 02:31:40 ET