The Dallas Stars extended their winning streak to three games with a commanding 5-1 victory over the visiting Los Angeles Kings Tuesday night.
Richard Bachman replaced an injured Kari Lehtonen late in the first period and stopped all 22 shots he faced for the victory. Vernon Fiddler and Ray Whitney each scored two goals and Alex Goligoski netted his second goal of the season for the Stars.
Loui Eriksson was called for a double-minor high-sticking penalty 34 seconds into the game, and the Kings’ Drew Doughty opened the scoring with a power play goal 1:13 into the first period. Anze Kopitar sent a pass through the penalty killing box to an open Doughty who wristed it past Lehtonen.
Goligoski tied the game ten minutes later just after a Dallas power play expired. He rifled the puck past Jonathan Quick on a rebound from an Aaron Rome slap shot.
The Kings outshot the Stars 17-10 in the second period, but no goals were scored in the middle frame.
The Stars exploded for four goals in the third period. Whitney scored 52 seconds into the third period and Fiddler scored his first of the game seven minutes later when he deflected a shot by Stephane Robidas past Quick.
A quick, turnaround pass by Eriksson in front of the net set up Whitney for an easy open goal for his second tally of the night. With nearly six minutes left in the third period, Fiddler skated into the Kings’ zone along the left wing boards and sent the puck toward the net. It bounced off a defender in front and into the net for the Stars’ fifth goal.
The Stars won three of the four games so far this season against the Stanley Cup champions, and there is one game left in the season series on April 21. Dallas’ next game is at the Nashville Predators Friday night.