Jaromir Jagr scored two goals and Cody Eakin had a goal and an assist as the Dallas Stars defeated the Los Angeles Kings 5-2 at Staples Center Thursday night. Brenden Morrow and Antoine Roussel also scored for the Stars, who won for the sixth time in their last eight road games. Kari Lehtonen stopped 31 of 33 shots for his ninth win of the season. The Stars, who improved to 12-9-2 on the season, snapped the Kings’ six-game home winning streak.
Stars continue to roll on road
The Stars continue to rack up the points on the road. Thursday’s win over the Kings ran their road points streak to four games (3-0-1) and gave them a 6-1-1 mark over their last eight games away from home. The Stars are also racking up goals on the road. They have scored three goals or more in eight straight road games. They have scored four goals or more in six straight road games and have scored 26 goals during that stretch (4.33 per game).
Power play produces
The Stars scored twice on the power play, marking the fifth time in the last 12 games they’ve scored multiple power play goals. The Stars were 2-3 on the power play Thursday, and are now 7-22 (31.8%) with the man-advantage over the last six games.
Stars stay disciplined
The Stars were shorthanded just one time on Thursday night. It’s the third time in the last four games that the Stars have given their opposition just one power play opportunity. They have allowed just one power play goal during those four games.
The Stars went on the game’s first power play just over four minutes into the first period, and cashed into take a 1-0 lead. After his shot from the right circle was blocked, Jamie Benn got the puck back and sent a cross-ice pass to Jaromir Jagr, who beat Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick with a shot from just below the left circle at the 5:28 mark.
The Kings drew even at the 12:10 mark when Trevor Lewis grabbed a loose puck behind the Dallas net, skated to the bottom of the left circle and roofed a shot over Stars goaltender Kari Lehtonen.
There weren’t a lot of chances over the first 12 minutes of the second. Stars forward Reilly Smith hit a post with just over 13 minutes remaining in the period.
The Stars went on a power play at the 12:00 mark, but the Stars couldn’t take advantage. Lehtonen came up with a big stop, denying a shorthanded bid by Mike Richards.
The Kings took 2-1 lead with 4:30 left in the period when Jeff Carter scored his 16th goal of the season, putting a shot on net from the right boards that bounced off Stars defenseman Jordie Benn and past Lehtonen.
The Stars tied it by cashing in on their third power play of the game. Cody Eakin took a pass from Alex Goligoski, split the Los Angeles defense and beat Quick with a backhand shot with 1:14 left in the period.
The Stars took a 3-2 lead at the 5:16 mark of the third. After Reilly Smith skated into the Kings zone, tied up two Los Angeles defenders in the corner and Eakin picked up the loose puck and set up a wide open Brenden Morrow, who scored from the top of the crease.
The Kings went on their first power play of the game 6:21 into the period, but the Stars were able to kill it off to keep it a 3-2 game.
The Stars extended their lead to 4-2 at the 9:40 mark. After Jamie Benn won a faceoff, Trevor Daley put a shot on net, Benn got the rebound and put a spinning backhand shot on net and Jagr scored off the rebound.
Lehtonen had a big save on Dustin Brown with just over nine minutes remaining in the game to keep the Stars’ lead at two goals.
Antoine Roussel sealed the win with an empty net goal with 1:41 remaining to make it a 5-2 final.
Injured: Whitney (foot), Rome (foot)
Scratched: Larsen, Wathier