NHL Game Summary - Dallas at Los Angeles
(Sunday, February 12th)
Final Score: Los Angeles 6, Dallas 5
Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) - Pavol Demitra registered a goal and three assists to lead the Los Angeles Kings to a come-from-behind 6-5 win over the Dallas Stars at the Staples Center.
Derek Armstrong netted the game-winning goal, Lubomir Visnovsky tallied a goal and two assists and Mathieu Garon made 22 saves for the Kings, who have won two straight after a seven-game losing streak. Jeremy Roenick and Luc Robitaille added a goal and an assist apiece for LA.
"We get energized to play the best team in our division," Roenick said. "When we were down after two periods, we said we were going to win this game and we did. It was a big win for us."
Jason Arnott and Sergei Zubov notched a goal and two assists each and Marty Turco stopped 34 shots for Dallas, which has dropped two straight. Mathias Tjarnqvist, Bill Guerin and Jere Lehtinen added a goal each for the Stars.
Trailing by three entering the third period, Los Angeles scored four unanswered goals to take a 6-5 lead.
"Nothing I said between the second and third periods made any difference," Kings head coach Andy Murray said. "When you are down 5-2 after two periods, it was a sense of desperation. We had to do something. It was on the line for us. We got a goal early in the third and we went on from there."
Visnovsky started the comeback after he beat Turco for his 14th tally of the season to make it 5-3 just 45 seconds into the third period. The Kings pulled within one after Nathan Dempsey notched his first goal of the season just 2:21 into the third period after he gathered a loose puck on the doorstep and stuffed it past Turco.
Los Angeles netted the equalizer 36 seconds later after Robitaille's wrist shot from inside the left circle got through Turco's five hole to make it 5-5. The Kings finally regained the lead with 6:26 remaining in regulation while on the man advantage after Armstrong deflected a shot from the high slot between Turco's legs for a 6-5 advantage.
Dallas pulled Turco with under a minute left in the third period and, after Eric Belanger was called for tripping, the Stars had a two-man advantage for the final 8.3 seconds. After winning the faceoff, however, Dallas could not manage a shot on goal.
The Stars drew first blood 2:30 into the opening frame after Tjarnqvist beat Garon with a slap shot from the right point for a 1-0 lead.
Los Angeles struck back just over two minutes later while on the power play after Demitra stuffed one past Turco from the side of the net to make it 1-1. The Kings took their first lead of the contest midway through the first period after Roenick, who was camped on Turco's glove-side post, jammed it in for a 2-1 advantage.
Dallas, however, scored four second-period goals to take a 5-2 lead.
Guerin got the Stars rolling after his snap shot from inside the right circle tied the contest just 1:44 into the frame. Arnott netted his 21st tally of the season with 5:49 left in the second period to give Dallas a 3-2 advantage.
Zubov and Lehtinen scored less than a minute apart to establish the Stars' three-goal lead. Zubov beat Garon with a slap shot from the right point while on the power play and Lehtinen followed by depositing a rebound into a gaping net to make it 5-2.
The Stars will return from the Olympic break on March 2 in Phoenix, while the Kings make their return from the break on March 2nd against visiting Minnesota...Los Angeles is 5-1 against Dallas this season, having won the last five meetings...The Kings have allowed a power-goal in 11 straight games...The Stars fell to 3-10-1 in their last 14 trips to LA...Brenden Morrow notched three assists for the Stars.
02/12 20:08:13 ET