hold off Kings, 6-4
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[January 10, 2017]
LOS ANGELES -- The Dallas Stars
capitalized on an uncharacteristically poor defensive effort by the
Los Angeles Kings to earn a rare road victory.
Patrick Sharp recorded a goal and two assists and Radek Faksa
registered three assists as the Dallas Stars defeated the Los
Angeles Kings 6-4 on Monday.
Dallas (17-16-8) received a goal and an assist each from Tyler
Seguin, Devin Shore and Jiri Hudler to win the rubber game of the
three-game season series. Antti Niemi saved only one Kings shot in
14:42 to win in relief of goaltender Kari Lehtonen.
Los Angeles (20-17-4) lost for the second time in the last three
home games. Anze Kopitar and Drew Doughty each tallied a goal and an
assist. Peter Budaj stopped 17 of 22 shots and was replaced by Jeff
Zatkoff at 7:31 of the final period.
"You don't expect to score six against a team like Los Angeles,"
Sharp said. "Brett Ritchie scoring that first goal settled us down a
Dallas coach Lindy Ruff admitted his team had good fortune in
earning its sixth road win in 20 games.
"We haven't had some of the puck luck that we had tonight, Ruff
said. "Nobody would have anticipated 10 goals between these two
Los Angeles entered the game with the third stingiest defense in the
Western Conference but sloppy play and a subpar performance by Budaj
was responsible for the loss.
"It's probably a little bit on the defense and a little bit on the
goaltending," Kings coach Darryl Sutter said.
Kopitar agreed with his coach about the loss that failed to build on
a 4-3 overtime win over Minnesota on Saturday.
"Our mistakes -- it's just not very characteristic of us," Kopitar
said. "We need to clean that up."
Dallas took a 1-0 lead on Richie's eighth goal of the season at
19:03 of the first period. Lauri Kopikoski shoveled a quick pass to
Ritchie after a Los Angeles turnover for a short wrist shot that
beat a surprised Budaj.
The Stars extended their lead to 2-0 on Seguin's 15th goal of the
season, at 9:04 of the second period. Dallas took advantage of a
turnover by Los Angeles' fourth line to launch a shot that was
batted in the air and off Budaj for the score. Jason Spezza and
Hudler earned assists.
Los Angeles narrowed the lead to 2-1 on Nick Shore's short-handed
goal, his fourth score of the season, at 15:05 of the second period.
Shore finished a rush down the right wing with a short-side wrist
shot that beat Lehtonen.
Dallas regained its two-goal lead at 3-1 on Jamie Oleksiak's fifth
goal of the season, at 15:43. Fasek won a faceoff in the offensive
zone and Sharp fed Oleksiak for a point shot that appeared to
deflect off Kings defenseman Derek Forbort and into the net.
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Stars center Cody Eakin
(20) moves the puck down the ice ahead of Los Angeles Kings
defenseman Matt Greene (2) and center Tyler Toffoli (73) during the
first period at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Kelvin Kuo-USA
Angeles closed to within 3-2 on a power play by Dustin Brown, his
fifth of the season at 2:16 of the third period. Brown took a feed
from Nic Dowd and fired a wrist shot past Lehtonen with Alec
Martinez registering the secondary assist.
After Shore gave the Stars a 4-2 lead at 2:59 of the third period,
the Kings rallied to tie the game at 4 with two goals in 58 seconds.
Kopitar's fifth goal of the season, at 4:20, pulled the Kings to
within 4-3, and Doughty's power play goal at 5:18 earned the Kings
capped Los Angeles' comeback.
Dallas regained the lead at 5-4 on Hudler's first goal of the
season, at 7:44 of the final period. After Budaj turned the puck
over behind his own net, Seguin pushed the puck toward the crease
for a tap-in by Hudler.
Sharp added an empty-net goal to close out the scoring.
NOTES: Dallas scratched LW Curtis McKenzie, D Patrick Nemeth and D
Stephen Johns. ... The Stars entered the contest with a 7-2-1 record
in their last 10 games at Staples Center. They have fared well
against the Pacific Division, going 7-2-2 in 11 contests. ... With
his goal on Saturday, Stars LW Patrick Eaves now has 14 goals this
season, matching a single-season best for the forward in a Stars
sweater as he also potted 14 goals in 2014-15, his first campaign
with Dallas. ... Los Angeles did not dress D Tom Gilbert, C Andy
Andreoff and D Kevin Gravel. ... The Kings continue their seven-game
home stand on Thursday against St. Louis. Their next road game is
Jan. 21 at the New York Islanders. ... Los Angeles captain Anze
Kopitar appeared in his 800th NHL game. ... As speculation grows
around a possible deal between the Kings and Colorado Avalanche,
further evidence surfaced with three Colorado scouts in attendance,
including senior pro scout Garth Joy.
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