Stars shoot past Kings

Updated: January 1, 2014

Dallas, TX ( – Tyler Seguin and Erik Cole scored in the
second period, and Dallas clipped Los Angeles, 3-2, at American Airlines

Cole added a first-period marker and Kari Lehtonen came up with 23 saves for
the Stars, winners in five of their last seven outings.

“We were as solid as we could be,” said Dallas head coach Lindy Ruff. “You are
going to have to give us some opportunities. I think we gave up one other one
where they hit the post but I thought we still played and moved the puck

Ben Scrivens stopped 29 shots for the Kings, who received goals from Jeff
Carter and Anze Kopitar in their fourth straight loss.

“I thought we played really well, we got a little bit of a bad break on the
second goal and we’re not scoring any goals right now,” said Los Angeles head
coach Darryl Sutter. “We’ve played well enough to win, other than the game
before Christmas, we easily could’ve won the last three. That’s the way it

Dallas took control in the second frame, racking up an 11-6 shot advantage and
taking a 3-1 lead on tallies by Seguin on the power play and Cole at even

Seguin put his club on top to stay at 12:13 of the middle frame, when he
played an Alex Chiasson carom off the back boards and beat Scrivens from the
right side.

It was a two-goal margin at 15:16 as Cole potted his second of the contest, a
high shot from a sharp angle on the left wing.

Kopitar struck just 65 seconds into the third, picking the puck out of Jamie
Benn’s skates and firing home from the left circle.

Lehtonen only had to face four more LA shots for the duration, and no quality
chances with Scrivens on the bench in the final minute.

The clubs exchanged power-play goals in the first 20 minutes. Carter gave Los
Angeles the lead at 12:23, then Cole equalized for the hosts at 15:58.

Game Notes

Dallas has won four of its last five home games and has collected at least a
point in all (4-0-1) … Los Angeles completes its four-game road trip in St.
Louis on Thursday.