NHL Game Summary - Dallas at Los Angeles
(Saturday, April 1st)
Final Score: Los Angeles 1, Dallas 0
Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) - Mathieu Garon stopped 27 shots for his third shutout of the season as Los Angeles defeated Dallas, 1-0, at the Staples Center.
Jeremy Roenick scored the only goal of the game for the Kings, who moved to within three points of Edmonton for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference. The Oilers lost to Calgary on Saturday.
"You just need a game like this to put you back on the map," said Garon. "We can't afford to lose games anymore. That's the way we have to play defense."
Johan Hedberg made 24 saves for the Stars, who clinched a playoff spot with Friday's shootout loss to Anaheim. Dallas was without Mike Modano, the team's leading scorer.
Midway through the first period, Roenick scored his ninth goal of the season off a nice feed from Sean Avery.
With 9:39 left in the period, Avery collected the puck behind the net and dished it out in front to Roenick, who beat Hedberg stick-side for the lone goal of the game.
The Stars had several opportunities to tie the game in the second and third periods, but Dallas failed to score on five power plays, ending a streak in which the team scored a power-play goal in 10 consecutive games.
Dallas pulled Hedberg with a minute left in the game, but the move proved to be fruitless as Los Angeles held on for the victory, finishing 6-2-0 against the Stars this year.
"We wanted to beat LA," said Dallas' Brenden Morrow. "They've had our number this year. We had a good effort, but could not get the goals we needed."
The shutout was Garon's seventh of his career...The Kings also squandered several power-play opportunities, including a 5-on-3 in the second period, finishing 0-for-7...The Kings will face Vancouver at home on Monday...Dallas will travel to San Jose on Monday.
04/02 01:53:50 ET