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Thursday, October 28, 2010
Stars lose third straight, fall 5-2 to Kings

By Mark Stepneski


The Dallas Stars’ losing streak hit three games with a 5-2 loss to the Los Angeles Kings at American Airlines Center Thursday night. The Stars, who are now 0-3-0 on their current homestand, fell to 5-4-0 on the season.

Third Period

The Kings extended their lead to 4-1 with a shorthanded goal at the 4:40 mark of the third period. Willie Mitchell put a shot on net from the right wing that bounced off the skate of Stars defenseman Philip Larsen and into the net. That was the end of the night for Stars goalie Kari Lehtonen. In came Andrew Raycroft, who was seeing his first action of the season.

The Stars made it a 4-2 game at the 10:`10 mark when Brandon Segal came out from behind the Los Angeles net and beat Kings goalie Jonathan Quick with a shot from the bottom of the left circle.

The Kings scored into an empty net with 1:41 remaining to make it a 5-2 game.

Second period

The Dallas Stars are down 3-1 to the Los Angeles Kings after two periods at American Airlines Center. The Kings scored two goals nine seconds apart to break a 1-1 tie and take the lead in the game.

The Stars were outshooting the Kings 9-2 just over 13 minutes into the second period, but the Kings scored two quick goals – on their third and fourth and shots of the period – to take the 3-1 lead.

The first one came after a Stars turnover in the neutral zone. Kings forward Wayne Simmonds backhanded the puck on net and Alexei Ponikarovsky knocked it past Stars goalie Kari Lehtonen at 13:05 of the second.

Just nine seconds later, Simmonds busted on net and slipped a puck under Lehtonen. The play was reviewed to see in the net came off its moorings before the puck crossed the line. It was ruled a good goal and the Stars were down 3-1 in the game.

Some notes after two periods. First period

The Dallas Stars and Los Angeles Kings are tied 1-1 after one period at American Airlines Center. Both teams scored on two-man advantages.

The Kings scored 3:30 into the game, cashing in on a 57 second five-on-three power play opportunity. Jack Johnson’s shot from the right point hit the post and Dustin Brown scored off the rebound to put the Kings up 1-0.

The Stars answered with a five-on-three power play goal of their own late in the period to tie the game. With Brenden Morrow setting a screen in front of Kings goalie Jonathan Quick, Brad Richards scored on a shot from the left point with 3:58 left in the period.

Some notes from the first period: