Monday, March 7, 2011
Stars rally to top Kings in OT
By Mark Stepneski
Brenden Morrow’s goal 38 seconds into overtime gave the Dallas Stars a 4-3 victory over the Los Angeles Kings Monday night at Staples Center. The Stars, who went 3-0-1 on their four-game road trip and have points in six straight games (5-0-1), moved into fifth place in the Western Conference. Mike Ribeiro had one goal and two assists in the game. Jamie Benn and Trevor Daley also scored goals. Kari Lehtonen had 20 saves for the Stars.
“We know Kari is going to be there for us. It doesn’t matter if we’re down one or two goals, we know he’s going to make the saves and we’re going to capitalize on our opportunities. We did that tonight, he kept us in there and did a great job, and Brenden got a big goal for us.” – Stars forward Jamie Benn
“It was a pretty slow developing play. I’m not sure if [Ribeiro] passed it to me or if I stole it from him, but I just chipped it back to myself and I found a hole. It wasn’t real hard, it was just a quick shot and I don’t think he (Jonathan Bernier) had time to get set.” – Stars captain Brenden Morrow on his game-winning goal
“It was a good game. It was a hard-played game. It could have gone either way and we’re really thrilled with the determination our guys showed tonight.“ – Stars coach Marc Crawford
*The Stars have points in five straight road games (4-0-1).
*The Stars are now 9-18-2 in games when they trail after two periods and the nine victories lead the NHL. Their .310 winning percentage in that situation is tops in the NHL as well.
*The Stars were 4-4 on the penalty kill Monday and are 13-15 on the PK over the last five games.
*Stars forward Jamie Benn has goals in four straight games, a career-high streak.
*Benn scored his fourth shorthanded goal, which is tied for the second most in the league.
*Stars center Mike Ribeiro has seven points (two goals, five assists) in the last six games.
*With his goal Monday night Stars defenseman Trevor Daley hit 25 points, tying his career-high.
The only goal of the period came at the 8:39 mark. After the Stars couldn't clear the puck out of the zone, Kings defenseman Willie Mitchell scored on a shot from the left point.
The Stars had only four shots in the period, but Mike Ribeiro had a quality chance that was denied by Kings goalie Jonathan Bernier, who stacked the pads to stop Ribeiro's point blank bid.
The Stars lost Steve Ott for the rest of the game late in the period. Ott was given a spearing major and a game misconduct with 2:17 left in the first.
Jamie Langenbrunner, who missed Saturday's game with an upper body injury, returned Monday night for the Stars. Brad Richards (concussion-like symptoms) and Nicklas Grossman (hip) remain out.
The Stars came up with two big penalty kills early in the second period to keep it a 2-0 game and then scored at even strength to tie the game at the 6:47 mark.
Adam Burish set up Mike Ribeiro, who scored from the right circle off the rush to make it a 1-1 game.
But the Kings took the lead back just 35 seconds later. Justin Williams put a shot on net from the neutral zone, Stars goalie Kari Lehtonen couldn’t handle it and Williams scored off the rebound to give Los Angeles a 2-1 lead.
The Stars tied the game 1:57 into the third period when Ribeiro set up Trevor Daley, who jumped into the offensive play and scored from the bottom of the left circle to make it a 2-2 game.
But the Kings took the lead back just 44 seconds later when Kyle Clifford scored off the rush, beating Lehtonen with a shot from the left circle to make it 3-2.
The Kings had a power play chance to extend the lead, but Jamie Benn stole the puck from Drew Doughty and scored on a breakaway for his fourth shorthanded goal of the season to tie the game at the 4:20 mark.
It didn’t take the Stars long to finish off the rally in overtime as the Stars entered the Kings’ zone and Ribeiro dropped the puck off for Brenden Morrow, who beat Bernier with a wrist shot from the right circle 38 seconds into the extra period to give the Stars a 4-3 victory.
Injured: Richards (concussion-like symptoms), Grossman (hip)
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