Lindros, Turco help Stars topple Kings, stay unbeaten

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Two of the best offseason moves the Dallas
Stars made following their second straight first-round playoff flop
were to obtain six-time All-Star Eric Lindros and extend goaltender
Marty Turco's contract.

Lindros had three assists, one on Jussi Jokinen's power-play
goal, and Turco made 32 saves to lead the defending Pacific
Division champions to a 4-1 victory over the Los Angeles Kings on
Thursday night.

"I think we have a team this year that's going to play
extremely well," Lindros said. "There's a good feel in this room
and it's fun to go out and play hockey. It's not just one line or a
couple of guys, it's the whole group. Everyone's having fun and

Antti Miettinen and Brenden Morrow also scored and Mike Modano
had a goal and an assist, helping Dallas improve to 3-0 -- all with
Turco in net. The only thing that stood between the two-time
All-Star goaltender and his 25th career shutout was Raitis Ivanans'
first NHL goal with 17:09 to play.

"Marty's been excellent," coach Dave Tippett said. "He's made
a couple of tough saves when he's had to, and the team has played
pretty well in front of him. I like the way our team's competing,
and that's from Marty on out."

Turco set a franchise record last season with a career-high 41
victories. He was rewarded in January with a four-year, $22.8
million contract extension, which prevented him from becoming an
unrestricted free agent at the end of this season and locked him up
through the 2009-10 season. Three seasons ago, Turco set a modern
NHL record with a 1.72 goals-against average.

"It's a great place to raise a family and it's a place we
wanted to be. But more than anything, what it boiled down to for us
was the opportunity to win," Turco said. "It's a decision I felt
deeply about. I was brought up in this organization and had
cemented some roots there, so I wanted to see this thing through."

The teams meet again at Staples Center on Saturday night.

"Tonight we just got sand kicked in our face," Kings coach
Marc Crawford said. "We did not have the type of passion that we
needed to play with. The team was not ready to play at the start of
the game, and that is my fault."

Miettinen opened the scoring 19 seconds after the opening
faceoff with a one-timer from short range after Niklas Hagman set
him up from behind the net. Modano made it 2-0 at 14:22 of the
first period, converting a rebound after Dan Cloutier made a leg
save on a 35-foot slap shot by Lindros in the slot.

"Eric's a competitor and a warrior," Turco said. "He's been
great for us. There are a lot of adjectives and cliches that have
gotten thrown his way during his career because of the things that
have happened to him. But he's still got the physical attributes
and the skill, and it's his hunger that really pulls him into this
team. It's a common bond that we all share and the one thing we
really care about."

Morrow gave Dallas a three-goal lead at 1:55 of the second
period, backhanding the puck off Cloutier from a sharp angle to the
right of the net. Cloutier didn't face the Stars last season while
with Vancouver. He was limited to just 13 games because of a knee
injury that knocked him out for the final 61 games.

Turco stopped the first 27 shots he faced before the Kings got
on the board less than 3 minutes into the third period. Tom
Kostopoulos dumped the puck into the left corner and took a strange
carom into the left circle instead of going around the boards.
Ivanans outhustled former Kings defenseman Philippe Boucher to the
puck and sent a wrist shot over Turco's glove as he slid out to cut
down the angle.

The Stars were 0-for-13 on the power play this season before
Jokinen connected with 20 seconds left on a hooking penalty against
Kostopoulos. Lindros set him up with a backhanded pass in front of
the crease.

Game notes
The Kings were 6-2 against Dallas last season, the only
team in the division with a winning record against the Stars. Four
of the victories were decided by one goal. ... The Kings were
0-for-8 on the power play. ... Modano has 34 goals and 74 points in
68 career games against Los Angeles.