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Kings lose to Stars again, 3-1

January 16, 2007|From the Associated Press

DALLAS — Even though they've struggled lately, the Dallas Stars still know how to beat the Kings.

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

Dallas is 6-0 against the Kings this season, outscoring them, 23-11.

Trevor Daley had a goal and Mike Ribeiro had two assists for the Stars.

"We needed those points," 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 everybody."

Michael Cammalleri had a power-play goal for the Kings, who have lost four consecutive games.

Barry Brust, playing in his ninth NHL game, made 22 saves for the Kings.

Coach Marc Crawford selected Brust over Yutaka Fukufuji, who became the first Japanese-born player to play in an NHL game when he replaced Brust in the Kings' 6-5 loss at St. Louis on Saturday.

Dallas scored its 10th power-play goal in 31 chances against the Kings this season when Barnes connected for his sixth goal, on a close-range backhander at 16 minutes 1 second of the first 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.

Cammalleri cut the deficit to 2-1 at 9:43 of the second period with his 18th goal. But Daley's goal at 6:56 of the third period -- his second this 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," 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 advantage in shots 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," Kings defenseman Oleg Tverdovsky said.

"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."

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