Goalie kills 4 of 5 Star power plays

DALLAS (AP) -- Defenseman Mattias Norstrom and the Los Angeles Kings' penalty killers made sure they weren't hurt by six
high-sticking calls.

Jaroslav Modry scored the tiebreaking goal late in the second
period, and the Kings killed off six of seven Dallas power plays in
a 2-1 victory over the Stars on Sunday night.

"That (high-sticking) seemed to be the call of the night,"
Kings coach Andy Murray said. "I can't say we didn't deserve them
but I think (Dallas) could have had a couple called on them, too.

"We took too many penalties tonight. We've got to be smarter
than that, but our penalty killing was good."

A high-stick against Kings left wing Alexander Frolov cost the
Stars their most skilled player, center Mike Modano, for most of
the last two periods.

Modano left the game 2:32 into the second after sustaining
facial injuries from Frolov's stick, earning Frolov a double-minor.

Modano was down on the ice for several minutes before being
helped to the locker room to have a nose laceration and eye
contusion treated. He did not return, but Stars coach Dave Tippett
said Modano was held out only as a precaution and was expected to
be available for Thursday night's game at Los Angeles.

"It hurts. He's our leader," Stars forward Steve Ott said.
"But other guys have to step up and win these games."

The Kings had no sympathy for the Stars. Los Angeles is missing
top players Ziggy Palffy, Adam Deadmash, Jason Allison, Ian
Laperriere and Derek Armstrong, all out with injuries.

But Los Angeles still had enough to beat the Stars, who had
their season-best three-game winning streak snapped.

With the score tied at 1, Modry skated in from behind the net
and lifted a shot over Stars goaltender Marty Turco at 17:02 of the
second period.

Roman Cechmanek made 18 saves for the Kings, 3-3-0 in their last
six games. Cechmanek was pressured in the second period when the
Stars had five power plays and 14 shots, but Dallas converted just
once, on Sergei Zubov's power-play goal.

"They may not have gotten many shots on goal but they had
plenty of opportunities on their power play," Cechmanek said. "I
thought we played well in our own zone, especially with that many
power-play chances."

The Kings thought they had an insurance goal from Luc Robitaille
with 59 seconds left, but the score was overturned on replay
because Los Angeles forward Jon Sim was already inside the net.

Turco stopped 19 shots for Dallas.

After a scoreless first period, Michael Cammalleri scored 31
seconds into the second on a one-timer from the right circle.
Cammalleri has three goals in his last two games.

Dallas tied it at 1 while on a two-man advantage. Zubov's shot
from center point got through a screen and past Cechmanek at 10:55
of the second period.

But the Stars were never able to take the lead in the
tight-checking game.

"We knew it was going to be tight," Tippett said. "If you
want to be an elite team, you've got to find that extra to win and
we couldn't find it. We didn't get many pucks to the net as we'd
like, but give the opponent credit for being in the shooting lanes.
It's no time to pout and whine."

Game notes
The Kings announced during the third period that they had
acquired center Martin Straka from the Pittsburgh Penguins, giving
up defenseman Martin Strbak and left wing Sergei Anshakov. ...
Dallas entered the game 4-1-1 in its previous six contests. ... The
Kings were 3-1 winners over Chicago on Saturday. Los Angeles is
4-0-0 in the second game of back-to-backs this season. ...The Stars
opened a stretch of five straight games against fellow Pacific
Division teams.