Injury-depleted Stars top Kings to snap three-game skid

DALLAS (AP) -- Even though they've struggled lately, the Dallas
Stars still know how to beat the Los Angeles Kings.

Stu Barnes and Niklas Hagman scored power-play goals, Marty
Turco stopped 20 shots and the injury-depleted Stars snapped a
three-game skid with a 3-1 victory over the Kings on Monday.

Dallas is 6-0 against Los Angeles this season, outscoring the
Kings 23-11. The Stars were 1-4-1 overall in their previous six

"We needed those points," Stars coach Dave Tippett said.
"There was a good amount of desperation and work ethic. We did
exactly what we needed to do and got a contribution from

Trevor Daley added a goal and Mike Ribeiro had two assists for

"This was a big confidence-builder for us," Daley said. "We
had a sense of urgency."

Michael Cammalleri had a power-play goal for Los Angeles, which
has lost four straight overall.

Barry Brust, playing in his ninth NHL game, made 22 saves for
the Kings. Los Angeles is without its top two goalies: Mathieu
Garon (finger) and Dan Cloutier (hip).

Kings coach Marc Crawford picked Brust over rookie Yutaka
Fukufuji, who became the first Japanese-born player to play in an
NHL game when he came on in relief of Brust in a 6-5 loss at St.
Louis on Saturday.

Stars center Jeff Halpern was a late scratch after sustaining a
lower-body injury in warmups, and defenseman Philippe Boucher did
not return to the ice after the first period because of an
upper-body injury.

Dallas remained without five other regulars, including top
offensive threat Mike Modano, who missed his 19th consecutive game
with a hip/groin injury.

Also out for the Stars were defenseman Sergei Zubov (elbow) and
forwards Brenden Morrow (wrist), Steve Ott (ankle) and Matthew
Barnaby (concussion).

The Stars have been forced to go with rookies and inexperienced
players, with mixed results.

"We have had a lot of lineup changes lately and I thought the
guys played very well," Hagman said. "We'd lost three in a row
and although it's not the end of the world, it makes it harder on
us each day."

Dallas scored its 10th power-play goal in 31 chances against Los
Angeles this season when Barnes connected for his sixth goal of the
season on a close-range backhander at 16:01 of the opening period.

Hagman made it 2-0 on Dallas' second power play, converting
Jussi Jokinen's setup at 8:00 of the second period for Hagman's
10th goal of the season.

Cammalleri cut the deficit to 2-1 at 9:43 of the second with his
18th goal of the season. But Daley's goal from the slot at 6:56 of
the final period -- Daley's second of the season and sixth of his
career -- extended Dallas' lead to 3-1.

"I thought the first two periods we played well, but we got
outworked in the third period," Kings defenseman Aaron Miller
said. "We were really outplayed in the third. If we don't outwork
teams, we're not going to win. That goal early in the third period
really hurt us."

Dallas dominated the third period, holding a 15-7 shots
advantage with the help of six power plays.

"We were in our end most of the third period, and it's tough to
play that way," Los Angeles defenseman Oleg Tverdovsky said.

Game notes
Dallas has outscored Los Angeles 11-0 in the first period
this season. ... The Stars played a rare matinee on Martin Luther
King Day. The crowd was announced at 17,992, but there were plenty
of empty seats as fans stayed home because of icy driving
conditions. ... Hagman matched his career high for goals. ...
Barnes has three goals and two assists against the Kings this