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Roenick, Garon lift Kings past Stars, into tie for 9th

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Struggling through one of the lowest-scoring
seasons of his career, Jeremy Roenick did just enough for the Los
Angeles Kings to win Saturday night.

Roenick scored in the first period and Mathieu Garon stopped 27
shots to lead Los Angeles to a 1-0 victory over the Dallas Stars.

The Kings snapped a three-game losing streak and moved into a
ninth-place tie with San Jose, three points behind eighth-place
Edmonton in the Western Conference. The Sharks lost at home in
overtime to Phoenix.

"It's like a playoff atmosphere here, if we don't win games
it's sayonara for us and nobody in here wants that," said Roenick,
who ended a 10-game goal-scoring drought with the game winner.
"Tonight's the way we have to play -- we have to play defensively
and dig games out."

Roenick swiped in Sean Avery's pass from behind the net to give
the Kings a 1-0 lead 10:21 into the game.

Acquired from Philadelphia last summer, Roenick matched his
career-low with his ninth goal. He has 19 points in 51 games this
season, just topping his 18-point total in 20 games as a rookie
with Chicago in 1988-89.

One night after clinching a playoff spot in a shootout loss to
Anaheim, the Stars started backup goalie Johan Hedberg and gave
leading-scorer Mike Modano the night off.

"Hedberg was excellent in goal and gave us a chance to win, but
we couldn't come up with the goal that we needed to get back in the
game," Dallas coach Dave Tippett said.

The Kings won six of the eight-game season series between the
teams.

"We've been disappointed by the Kings all year, they have our
number," Stars forward Brenden Morrow said. "We had some of our
key players out of the lineup today, but we still wanted to come
out with a good effort. We had a lot of fight in us, but couldn't
come up with the goals we needed."

Garon stopped Jussi Jokinen on a breakaway in the second period
and moved out of his crease to stuff Brenden Morrow on a
point-blank shot minutes later.

In the third period, Garon needed to kicked out a shot by
Jokinen from the left circle during a Dallas power play to earn his
third shutout of the season.

Los Angeles had a four-point lead over Dallas atop the Pacific
Division on Jan. 2, but the Stars have been 23 points better than
the Kings since then.

Part of the Kings' problems have stemmed from Roenick's lack of
production.

"It's going to take certain individuals (to step up) every
night as a team to win," said interim head coach John Torchetti
who improved to 2-3 in since replacing Andy Murray on March 21. "I
know we have a short amount of time, but we have to strengthen as a
team."

Game notes
C Derek Armstrong and D Aaron Miller were both out of Los
Angeles' lineup with back injuries. C Eric Belanger was held out
with concussion-like symptoms. ... Dallas D Sergei Zubov missed a
second game with a lower-body injury.