The Dallas Stars made it four straight wins and points in seven straight games (6-0-1) with a 2-1 win over the Los Angeles Kings Monday night at American Airlines Center. Jamie Langenbrunner, playing in his 1,000th game, scored the game-winning goal, tallying on the power play with 3:01 left the second period to snap a 1-1 tie. Kari Lehtonen made 23 saves, including a stop on a Jack Johnson penalty shot with 52.4 seconds left in the game.
“It was a pretty special play there in a big situation. It was a nice job by Jeff [Woywitka] to save us a goal. You couldn’t do anything about putting your hand on that one and then Lehts with the huge save. That’s huge. It got us the two points.” – Stars forward Jamie Langenbrunner on Kari Lehtonen’s save on a Jack Jackson penalty shot after Jeff Woywitka took a penalty for covering the puck as it sat on the Dallas goal line with 52.4 seconds left in the game.
“I really liked the way we played tonight. We got behind early, but we stayed hard all night. We scored on the power play. And I thought in the third period when we were playing with the lead, we protected the puck extremely well. Anytime you can limit a good offensive team like Los Angeles to six shots when they need to score, that says a lot about your team.” – Stars coach Marc Crawford
*The Stars have outscored their opponents 25-10 during their seven game points streak.
*The Stars were 2-5 on the power play and are 6-10 on the PP over their last two games.
*The Stars were 2-2 on the penalty kill Monday and are 10-10 on the PK over their last four games.
*Kari Lehtonen is 5-0-1 in his last six starts with a 1.64 goals against average and a .948 save percentage.
*Loui Eriksson scored a goal Monday, running his points streak to ten games (two goals, ten assists).
*Mike Ribeiro had an assist in Monday’s game, running his points streak to nine games (three goals, eight assists).
*Stars defenseman Karlis Skrastins played in his 800th game.
*Jamie Langenbrunner scored his first goal since being re-joining the Dallas Stars following a trade with New Jersey. Langenbrunner’s last goal in a Dallas uniform came on March 3, 2002 against San Jose.
Injured: Petersen (leg), Niskanen (hand)
Power play units
Penalty kill units
Both teams hit posts early in the period. Trevor Lewis did it for the Kings and then Mike Ribeiro rattled one off the iron with the Stars on a power play.
The Kings opened the scoring at the 7:30 mark. After Anze Kopitar won an offensive zone draw, Justin Williams skated to the bottom of the left circle, backhanded the puck on net and the rebound bounced off Stars defenseman Nicklas Grossman, who was battling Kings forward Ryan Smyth, and into the net.
The Stars were 0-3 on the power play in the period. The Kings got their first chance late in the period and will have 33 seconds remaining on it when the second period begins.
The Stars had a brief ceremony prior to the start of the game to honor Jamie Langenbrunner, who was playing in his 1,000th NHL game.
The Stars tied the game at 1-1 by cashing in on their fourth power play chance of the night. Brad Richards fired the puck into the slot from the right point and Loui Eriksson redirected past Kings goalie Jonathan Bernier with 8:22 left in the second.
The Stars made it a 2-1 game by scoring on their fifth power play of the night. After taking a pass from Jamie Benn, Richards sent a pass from the left circle to Jamie Langenbrunner, who knocked the puck past Bernier from close range with 3:01 left in the period.
The Stars killed off Kings power play early in the period and then Los Angeles got a penalty shot with 52.4 seconds left in the game after Stars defenseman Jeff Woywitka covered the puck in the crease with his hand. Kari Lehtonen stopped Jack Johnson on the penalty shot to preserve the Dallas 2-1 lead and the win.