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Los Angeles
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27-41-14
Dallas
Stars
50-25-7

34 SOG
28 SOG
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LAK
DAL
game recap

Stars 3, Kings 2

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:15 AM

Associated Press

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Stars 3, Kings 2
Los Angeles Kings 2, Dallas Stars 3

DALLAS (AP) -Dallas goalie Mike Smith didn't expect to be perfect this season.

The 24-year-old rookie gave up his first NHL goals Saturday night, and made 32 saves in his second career start to lead the Stars past the slumping Los Angeles Kings 3-2 Saturday night.

"I wasn't expecting to shut everybody out and go 25-0 this season," said Smith, who had a shutout in his NHL debut against the Phoenix Coyotes on Oct. 21. "It was exciting out there. I feel like I had a good mental focus out there."

Jeff Halpern scored the winning goal with 3:44 left. It was his first goal of the season.

Halpern rebounded Jere Lehtinen's shot past Los Angeles goalie Mathieu Garon.

"I think I had a few too many chances to not score," Halpern said. "To get it at that time in a game our goaltender essentially stole for us, that was pretty nice."

The Stars, who lost Friday night to Detroit, extended the Kings' winless streak to five games (0-4-1). It is the longest slide for Los Angeles since it lost the last 11 games of the 2003-2004 season.

Smith, who shut out the Phoenix Coyotes in his NHL debut on Oct. 21, improved to 2-0 as starter Marty Turco took the night off.

Los Angeles continued to struggle offensively as it has scored just 14 goals over the last 10 games.

"We keep getting good effort," Los Angeles' Jeff Cowan said. "This is tough. But if we keep playing hard this will eventually turn around."

Philippe Boucher and Stu Barnes had goals as Dallas (9-2-0) matched the franchise mark that was set in 1996-97.

Dallas coach Dave Tippett said his club has looked sluggish the past week, and he plans on giving the players the next two days off so they can get some rest.

"We have not played to our potential," Tippett said. "For not playing well for three of the last four games, we got six points. I have to give the players credit for that."

Barnes' first goal of the season gave the Stars a 2-1 lead with 44.5 seconds left in the second. Rob Blake scored early in the second on a power play, snapping the Kings' 0-for-23 slide with the man advantage.

The Kings tied the score at 2 on Tom Kostopoulos' goal at 7:10 of the third.

Los Angeles pulled Garon in the final minute and had a two-man advantage for the final 28.7 seconds when Sergei Zubov was called for hooking. However, the Kings couldn't get a shot off.

"We gave up that goal at the end of the game," said Garon, who had 25 saves. "It always seems like we have bad luck toward the end of games."

Smith, who faced 22 shots against the Coyotes, saw far more action from the Kings. Los Angeles outshot Dallas 34-28 one night after taking 38 shots in a 2-0 loss to Columbus.

Los Angeles, who came in next-to-last on the power play, was 1-of-8 with a man advantage.

Boucher opened the scoring with a goal from just above the right circle at 14:34 of the first.

Blake flipped a shot from near the blue line for his first goal of the season, and Los Angeles' first power-play goal in five games.

Dallas' Matthew Barnaby had two assists, including a nice pass to a streaking Barnes, who beat Garon from the right circle to give the Stars a 2-1 lead with 44.5 seconds left in the second.

Notes: Dallas C Steve Ott has a fractured ankle and will miss the next two months. He is scheduled to have surgery Monday. Ott got into a fight with Kostopoulos midway through the second period. It appeared Ott fell awkardly after he was hit by Kostopoulos. ... Los Angeles C Craig Conroy played in his 700th NHL game.

scoring summary
1st Period
14:34
DAL
Philippe Boucher (3) ASST: Matthew Barnaby (2), Steve Ott (4)
1 - 0 DAL
2nd Period
00:45
LAK
PPG - Rob Blake (1) ASST: Mike Cammalleri (3), Dustin Brown (3)
1 - 1 Tie
19:15
DAL
Stu Barnes (1) ASST: Matthew Barnaby (3), Philippe Boucher (3)
2 - 1 DAL
3rd Period
07:10
LAK
Tom Kostopoulos (2) ASST: Oleg Tverdovsky (3), Derek Armstrong (4)
2 - 2 Tie
16:16
DAL
Jeff Halpern (1) ASST: Jere Lehtinen (4), Niklas Hagman (3)
3 - 2 DAL
penalty summary
1st Period
04:53
DAL
Philippe Boucher  Interference
05:48
LAK
Alex Frolov  Holding the stick
11:47
DAL
Stephane Robidas  Hooking
15:25
DAL
Stephane Robidas  Tripping
19:34
DAL
Niklas Hagman  Hooking
2nd Period
01:58
DAL
Steve Ott  Interference
05:09
LAK
Mike Cammalleri  Hooking
07:56
DAL
Darryl Sydor  Interference
10:26
LAK
Tom Kostopoulos  Fighting (maj)
10:26
DAL
Steve Ott  Fighting (maj)
10:29
DAL
Matthew Barnaby  Fighting (maj)
10:29
LAK
Jeff Cowan  Fighting (maj)
11:28
LAK
Dustin Brown  Interference
12:34
LAK
Aaron Miller  Hooking
13:44
DAL
Mike Smith  Delay of game
15:23
LAK
Sean Avery  Holding
19:53
LAK
Scott Thornton  Hooking
3rd Period
13:04
LAK
Aaron Miller  Holding
19:30
DAL
Sergei Zubov  Hooking
goalie stats
Mathieu Garon
Mathieu Garon
SA: 28TOI: 58:52
Saves: 25EV: 14 - 17
PIM: 0PP: 8 - 8
SV%: .893SH: 3 - 3
Mike Smith
SA: 34TOI: 59:50
Saves: 32EV: 17 - 18
PIM: 2PP: 13 - 14
SV%: .941SH: 2 - 2
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