LOS ANGELES (AP) -- With a period to go before the Olympic break,
and a three-goal deficit staring at them, the Los Angeles Kings
finished up strong.
Los Angeles rallied for four goals in the final period on Sunday
to beat Dallas 6-5 on Sunday.
"We knew it was the last period before the Olympic break, so we
had to go all out -- and we did," Luc Robitaille said. "We just
knew we had to keep coming. Sooner or later when that happens, you
get rewarded with breaks. I just didn't know if it was going to be
today. We controlled the puck better, made better dump-ins, and
that was the biggest difference."
Defenseman Lubomir Visnovsky had a goal and an assist during the
rally, setting up Derek Armstrong's winning goal on a power play
with 6:26 remaining. Pavol Demitra had a goal and three assists.
Jeremy Roenick also scored for the Kings, who have won consecutive
games for the first time since Jan. 5, when they beat Phoenix after
a home-and-home sweep of Dallas.
Jason Arnott and Sergei Zubov each had a goal and two assists
during Dallas' four-goal second period against Mathieu Garon. Bill
Guerin and Mathias Tjarnqvist also scored and Morrow had three
assists, giving him 50 points and eclipsing his previous career
high set in 2003-04.
"That's the kind of people we have in this organization,"
Kings coach Andy Murray said. "We were down 5-2, but we tried to
play as hard as we could in the third period and indicate to
anybody that's doubting us that we're still prepared to work at it
and get the job done. Finding a way to win was gratifying."
Visnovsky triggered the Kings' improbable comeback 45 seconds
after the second intermission with his 14th goal and seventh in six
games against Dallas this season. Dempsey narrowed the gap to 5-4
at 2:21 of the period during a goalmouth scramble, ending a
personal 36-game scoring drought dating back to Apr. 4, 2004.
Robitaille got the equalizer with a slap shot through Turco's pads
just 36 seconds later.
"We have done this to teams all year, and now we get a taste of
it ourselves," Dallas captain Mike Modano said. "We got arrogant,
and everyone wanted to score a goal while forgetting to defend."
Armstrong completed the "Miracle on Figueroa" by tipping in
Visnovsky's one-timer from the right point for his 13th goal after
a tripping penalty against Turco. The loss gave Turco two weeks to
stew over this one while he's in Turin, Italy representing Canada
at the Olympics.
"It takes 60 minutes to win a hockey game. And after we got the
lead, we decided to start the Olympic break early," Dallas coach
Dave Tippett said.
The victory was a measure of payback for the Kings, who blew a
4-0 first-period lead at Dallas on opening night and lost 5-4 to
"To score three goals in the first three minutes, you knew
everybody in this room believed we could do it," Roenick said.
"Between periods we just said, `We're going to win this game.
There's no reason why we can't, because they did it to us. Think of
the feeling we're going to have when we come back here as winners.'
We just threw it all out there and didn't give up."
Turco was involved in an incident that resulted in 27 minutes in
penalties against Morrow. Turco strayed out of his net to clear the
puck away from Dustin Brown at the left boards and was tripped by
the Kings' forward as he skated by. Morrow came to his goalie's aid
and engaged him in a fight with 2:31 to play.
Morrow received an additional 10-minute misconduct, plus an
automatic game misconduct for instigating a fight during the final
Roenick, playing in his fifth game after missing the previous 20
because of a broken finger, put Los Angeles ahead 2-1 at 10:36 of
the first period after a turnover by Dallas defenseman Janne
Niinimaa behind his own net.
It was Roenick's seventh goal and first since Dec. 19. Roenick
has only two goals in 18 home games since joining the Kings in a
trade with Philadelphia last August. The other was in the home
opener Oct. 13 against Detroit.
Robitaille, who turns 40 years old on Friday, was honored
by the Kings in a pregame ceremony more than three weeks after
breaking Marcel Dionne's franchise record for goals. ... Turco has
allowed four goals in a period on four occasions this season. ...
The Kings are 16-1 when Demitra has at least two points. ... The
Stars, who came in allowing a league-low average of 25.1 shots on
net, were outshot 40-27. ... Turco received a minor penalty in the
second period for leaving the crease to join an altercation. He has
20 penalty minutes this season and 90 during his five-year NHL
career. ... The Kings and Stars have combined for nine or more
goals in four of their six meetings this season.