Score Strip

  1. League: NHL
  2. Montreal vs. Tampa Bay
    Live
    End 2nd
    2 3 MON
    0 2 TB
  3. Detroit vs. Boston
    Live
    4:02 2nd
    0 4 DET
    0 1 BOS
  4. Dallas vs. Anaheim
    10:00 PM
    4 DAL
    1 ANH
  5. View All

Stars 3, Kings 2

The SportsXchange

DALLAS -- Dallas Stars left winger Erik Cole continued his goal-scoring ways in December, scoring twice in a 3-2 win Tuesday against the Los Angeles Kings at the American Airlines Center. Cole finished December with eight goals, tying him for the team lead with center Tyler Seguin, who also scored in the victory.

Cole scored twice in the second period for his second two-goal game in three games. He also scored a pair in a 4-1 win over the Nashville Predators on Friday, with both goals again coming in the middle frame.

Seguin had a goal and an assist for Dallas. Center and captain Jamie Benn contributed two assists while Stars goaltender Kari Lehtonen stopped 23 shots to earn his 16th win.

Centers Jeff Carter and Anze Kopitar each scored for the Kings.

Lehtonen squashed a bid by Carter to score on a tip-in at the right post at 7:50 of the opening period.

Carter, however, would not be denied at 12:23 of the first when he scored his 13th, a 4-on-3 power-play goal. Stationed at the left post, a pass from center Mike Richards found Carter's stick and glanced off his right shoulder before landing in the back of the Dallas net.

The Stars returned the favor with a power-play goal at 15:58 of the first from Cole, who collected the carom after the initial shot by rookie right winger Alex Chiasson was stopped by Kings goaltender Ben Scrivens and slipped it home to tie the game.

Kopitar nearly drew the visitors ahead again at 17:13 but saw his wrister from the slot ring off the crossbar.

The Stars took their first lead at 12:13 of the second when Seguin scored a power-play goal from an impossible angle for his 20th. After a wrister by Chiasson from the left point went wide of the net, Seguin played the carom perfectly off the end boards and slipped the puck just inside the right post, sending it off Scrivens' left pad before going in.

Dallas took a 3-1 lead at 15:16 of the second when Cole connected for his second of the game with a wrister from the top edge of the left circle. Six seconds earlier, Scrivens denied Cole in almost the same spot with his skate but this time Cole finished over the Kings goaltender for his 10th of the season.

Kopitar made it a one-goal game again when he beat Lehtonen short side with a wrister from the left circle 1:05 into the third period. Kopitar gained possession after the puck deflected off Benn and Kopitar finished with precision for his 13th.

With 1:01 remaining, Scrivens left the ice for the extra attacker. Kings right winger Justin Williams had a great chance to force overtime with 24 seconds left but his shot was deflected and covered by Lehtonen.

Scrivens stopped 29 shots for the Kings.

NOTES: LW Daniel Carcillo, C Colin Fraser and D Alec Martinez were scratched by Los Angeles. ... Stars LW Ray Whitney, who missed Tuesday's morning skate due to illness, was the lone scratch for Dallas. It ended his string of 16 consecutive starts. ... Only six Stars -- C Jamie Benn, D Trevor Daley, C Vernon Fiddler, D Alex Goligoski, G Kari Lehtonen and D Stephane Robidas -- remain on the roster from Dallas' last New Year's Eve game on Dec. 31, 2011, against the Boston Bruns. ... G Ben Scrivens started in goal for Los Angeles. Rookie G Martin Jones started in the Kings' 1-0 loss to the Blackhawks in Chicago on Monday. ... Stars C Dustin Jeffrey was in the lineup for the first time since Dec. 12 at Nashville. Jeffrey was a healthy scratch the past eight games. ... RW Matt Frattin was in the Kings' lineup for the first time since Dec. 17 against the Edmonton Oilers. ... The announced attendance was 15,610.
View Comments