The Dallas Stars moved to within two points of eighth place in the Western Conference, blowing by the Los Angeles Kings 5-1 at American Airlines Center Tuesday night. It was the third straight win for the Stars, who were tied 1-1 going into the third period but outscored the Kings 4-0 over the final 20 minutes. Ray Whitney and Vernon Fiddler each scored two goals for the Stars. Alex Goligoski also tallied. Richard Bachman, who took over in net after Kari Lehtonen left in the first period with an injury, picked up the win, stopping all 22 shots he faced.
Kari Lehtonen leaves game with injury; Bachman stellar in relief
Stars goaltender Kari Lehtonen left Tuesday’s game with 5:17 left in the first period with a lower body injury. One team official said it was mild groin issue and Lehtonen was expected to be day-to-day.
Richard Bachman took over in net and made 22 saves on 22 shots. Bachman came up big in the second period, stopping all 17 shots he faced.
Stars PK comes up big
The Stars surrendered a power play goal early in the game, but their penalty kill came up big in the second period with the game tied 1-1. It killed off a four-minute Los Angeles power play after Aaron Rome was given a double minor for high sticking. A short time later the Stars killed off another Kings power play after Stephane Robidas ended up in the box for a two minutes for high sticking. Those penalty kills turned out to be a key point as it kept the game tied 1-1 going into the third period, where the Stars took control of the game.
The Stars got into some penalty trouble 34 seconds into the game when Loui Eriksson was given a double minor for high sticking, and the Kings took advantage. Just 39 seconds into the 4:00 power play when Drew Doughty scored from the left circle to put the Kings up 1-0 at the 1:13 mark of the first.
The Stars killed off the second half of the second half of the penalty and had a good chance shorthanded, but Vernon Fiddler’s bid from the slot was turned away by Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick.
Quick came up with a couple more big saves a short time later, stopping a Philip Larsen shot from the slot and then making great stop on Ray Whitney’s chance off the rebound.
The Stars went on their first power play of the game midway through the period and scored just after it expired when Alex Goligoski beat Quick with a blast from the left circle to make it a 1-1 game with 8:44 left in the first.
The Stars lost goaltender Kari Lehtonen late in the first period do what is being called a mild groin injury.
The Kings went on their second four-minute power play of the game midway through the second when Aaron Rome was given a double minor for high sticking. The Stars were able to kill this one off to keep it a 1-1 game.
The Kings went on another power play with 4:36 left in the period when Stephane Robidas went to the box for high sticking, but the Stars’ penalty kill came up big again.
The Stars took a 2-1 lead 52 seconds into the third period when Alex Chiasson set up Ray Whitney, who beat Quick with a shot from the slot.
Antoine Roussel came close to extending the lead a short time later, but shot wide as he broke in alone on net.
The Stars went on their third power play of the game 2:11 into the third, but couldn’t take advantage.
The Stars did extend the lead to 3-1 at 7:58 of the third. After the Kings coughed up the puck in their own zone, Robidas put a shot on net and Fiddler tipped it past Quick.
The Stars made it a 4-1 lead at 11:06 of the third period when Cody Eakin stole the puck in the Kings zone, got the puck to Loui Eriksson and Eriksson set up Whitney, who scored from close range.
The Stars added another goal when a Fiddler wrap-around bounced off traffic and past Quick at 13:56 of the third period.
Injured: MacDermid (chest)
Scratched: Jordie Benn