Final

Series (Game 6 of 8)

Los Angeles leads 6-2

Game 1: Wednesday, October 5th
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Game 2: Thursday, October 20th
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Game 3: Wednesday, November 2nd
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Game 4: Saturday, December 31st
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Game 5: Monday, January 2nd
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OT
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Game 6: Sunday, February 12th
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Game 7: Thursday, March 16th
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Game 8: Saturday, April 1st
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Stars 5

(38-17-3, 79 pts)

Kings 6

(32-23-5, 69 pts)

4:00 PM ET, February 12, 2006

STAPLES Center, Los Angeles, California

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DAL 1 4 05
LA 2 0 46

P. Demitra (Kings - RW): Goals: 1, Assists: 3

L. Visnovsky (Kings - D): Goals: 1, Assists: 2

J. Arnott (Stars - C): Goals: 1, Assists: 2

Visnovsky scores twice in Stars' four-goal, third-period rally

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.

Visnovsky, Nathan Dempsey and Robitaille scored during a 2:12 span on the Kings' first three shots of the third period against a beleaguered Marty Turco to erase a 5-2 deficit.

"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 Turco.

"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 5 minutes.

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.

Game notes


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.

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