LOS ANGELES - In a two day period, the shootout giveth and the shootout taketh away from the Dallas Stars.
One night after securing a win in a dramatic 11-round shootout, the Stars were denied the bonus point when Kings goalie Jonathan Quick stopped Mike Ribeiro's last attempt in the fourth round to give Los Angeles a 3-2 win over Dallas on Saturday night at Staples Center.
It was the Stars' league-leading 14th game that wasn't decided in the first 60 minutes, and the loss dropped their record in the breakaway contest to 2-7.
Quick was able to poke check the puck away from Ribeiro, but it eventually wound up in the net after bouncing off Ribeiro's left skate. It was ruled as a non-goal on the ice, and upheld after a short video review.
James Neal and Mike Modano scored for the Stars, who leave California with a 1-1-1 mark after beating San Jose Friday night following an overtime loss to Anaheim earlier in the week.
The loss spoiled a tremendous outing by backup Alex Auld, who was making just his ninth start of the season, and first since an overtime win over Tampa Bay on Nov. 28. Auld finished with 25 saves, but was undone when Michal Handzus lifted a backhander over his left shoulder for the shootout winner.
Alexander Frolov and Anze Kopitar scored for the Kings, who battled back twice from one-goal deficits to move into a tie with San Jose for the Western Conference lead. The surging Kings improved to 8-1-1 in their last 10 games, and have now defeated the Stars in seven of the last nine times the teams have met in L.A.
Quick finished with 25 saves, and was the main reason why the game went into the shootout. In the overtime it was all Dallas, but unfortunately, just as all Quick.
The Stars peppered the 23-year-old with five shots in the extra session, with four of them quality chances. Quick got an arm on Loui Eriksson's wraparound with a couple of minutes remaining, and was able to block Modano's hard wrist shot from the right circle.
Dallas had the best chances to finish the game in the third, but Quick denied Ribeiro's golden chance with 13 minutes left, and then made a pair of consecutive saves during a late-period flurry.
Still, the Stars have now earned at least a point in their last five games (2-0-3), and they haven't lost in regulation in Los Angeles in over two years.
Down 1-0 after 20 minutes, Frolov tied it for Los Angeles with his eighth of the year 4:12 into the second period. Justin Williams blocked Karlis Skrastins' shot at the left point, and corralled the bouncing puck in the neutral zone to start a 2-on-1 rush with Frolov. Williams subsequently fed Frolov, who one-timed the rolling puck past Auld.
Dallas regained their one-goal lead when Modano popped in his fifth of the season just under three minutes later. The play started with terrific forechecking work by Jere Lehtinen on Kings defenseman Drew Doughty behind the Los Angeles net, with Lehtinen outworking Doughty for the puck to feed Modano, who fired a blast from the slot past Quick for his 548th career NHL goal.
The helper was Lehtinen's 500th career NHL point, and third of the season.
Modano nearly pushed the lead late in the second period, but Quick made a marvelous diving stab to rob the 21-year-veteran's chance from the lower right circle.
The Kings then tied it at 2 with just 7.5 seconds left in the middle frame when Kopitar notched his 16th of the year on the Kings' final shot of a period they dominated. Stephane Robidas was able to block Sean O'Donnell's shot from the left point, but the puck bounced right to Kopitar in the bottom of the left circle. Kopitar promptly deposited it behind Auld to give Los Angeles some momentum as the game headed to the third period.
Despite allowing two goals in the second 20 minutes, Auld was steady and solid as the Kings mounted heavy pressure in outshooting the Stars by a 13-4 margin in the second. Auld was controlling rebounds masterfully and playing big inside the crease.
Neal opened the game's scoring with his team-leading 14th goal of the season just 82 seconds into the affair. He drifted backwards in the low slot before easily tapping in Brad Richards' slick pass from the outer edge of the right circle.
The Stars will now have three days off before continuing their season-long five-game road trip on Wednesday at Carolina. Coming into Saturday's action, the Hurricanes owned the worst record in the NHL (7-18-6), and then went out and lost 4-2 to Ottawa on Saturday.
Dallas blanked Carolina, 2-0, on Nov. 23 at American Airlines Center.