NHL Game Summary - Dallas at Los Angeles
(Thursday, March 16th)
Final Score: Dallas 4, Los Angeles 1
Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) - Jason Arnott registered two goals and an assist to lead the Dallas Stars to a 4-1 victory over the Los Angeles Kings at Staples Center.
Stu Barnes and Mike Modano also scored for the Stars, who captured their third straight victory. Marty Turco made 24 saves in the victory. Dallas has won six of its last seven games and increased its lead in the Pacific Division to 14 points over the Kings.
Sean Avery tallied the lone goal for Los Angeles, which has dropped three straight. Netminder Mathieu Garon started for the Kings and allowed four goals on 23 shots before he was pulled after two periods. Jason LaBarbera stopped all four shots he faced in relief of Garon.
Dallas controlled this one from start to finish, and it didn't take long for Arnott to get rolling. His 26th goal opened the scoring at the 2:01 mark of the first period, and less than four minutes later, he tallied again for a 2-0 Stars lead.
A turnaround wrist shot from the high slot by Sergei Zubov was deflected on its way to the net by Barnes in front. Garon made the initial save, but the rebound sat in the crease before Arnott punched it home from the right post 5:45 into the opening stanza.
At nearly the same time marker of the middle session, Arnott was once again at the center of another Dallas goal. Skating over the blue line 3-on-2, Arnott fired a slap shot from the top of the right circle that Garon made a nice pad save on. However, the rebound caromed back out to the slot, where Barnes was in perfect position for a one-timer that lit the lamp with 14:17 remaining.
Later in the second, Modano's 25th marker of the campaign gave the visitors a four-goal cushion. Following a hooking minor called on Avery, the Stars went to work on the power play. Modano held control in the high slot and released a blazing wrist shot that clanked off the crossbar and into the back of the cage with 3:34 to play before the second intermission.
Avery finally got the Kings on the scoreboard with a short-handed tally midway through the final period. When Modano misplayed the puck at the left point, Avery skated in on a breakaway and followed his first shot for a rebound goal.
The Stars snapped a five-game losing streak to the Kings...In the second period, Barnes was turned away by Garon on a penalty shot attempt. The Kings have now successfully stopped all six penalty shots they have faced this season...Modano's goal was a milestone on two fronts. It tied him with Brian Bellows for the most power-play goals (134) in Minnesota/Dallas franchise history, and also placed him in a tie with Kings forward Jeremy Roenick for the second-most goals scored in NHL history by an American-born player (483)...The Stars were 1-for-2 on the power play, while the hosts finished scoreless on six chances with the extra skater.
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