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January 2000 LA Kings Highlights

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January 2000

Kings Deny Islanders of California 'Hat Trick'
LOS ANGELES (AP) - As far as the New York Islanders are concerned, Ziggy Palffy is on the outside looking in. The Los Angeles Kings leading scorer can't forget what he left behind.

"I've been there and I know how those guys feel," said Palffy, who tied a career high with three assists Monday night in the Kings' 5-2 victory. "They're trying their best every night, but it's very hard if you know what's going on in their locker room.

"It's tough being around there. If the organization is not trying hard, I don't think the players are going to try hard."

Luc Robitaille had two goals and an assist and Jozef Stumpel added a goal and two assists, helping build a 5-0 cushion against Kevin Weekes and end the Islanders' first three-game winning streak since April 1998. Garry Galley and Glen Murray also scored for the Kings, who faced the Islanders for the first time since the June 20 trade that sent Palffy, Bryan Smolinski, Marcel Cousineau and a draft pick to the Islanders for Olli Jokinen, Josh Green, Mathieu Biron and a draft pick.

"They had to trade me because their payroll had to go down," Palffy said. "I was the first guy put on the market after the season ended because the owners don't want to spend any money. I'd signed a new contract and they were trying to get rid of it."

Palffy, who led the Islanders in goals and points in each of the previous four seasons, also leads the Kings with 46 points. The three-point game was his fourth of the season.

"I would say he was a little more ready for this game than maybe some other ones," teammate Dan Bylsma said. "The only reason I say that is because he was dressed and ready to go out a little bit earlier than normal. Sometimes, that's an indication that you're excited to play."

Jamie Heward and Mariusz Czerkawski scored in the third period for the Islanders, whose 107 goals are the fewest in the NHL.

The loss kept the Islanders from sweeping all three games of a California trip for the first time, after beating Anaheim 4-2 last Wednesday and San Jose 3-2 on Saturday night. Prior to this season, the Islanders were 32-26-13 in the state of California -- including an 11-4-3 mark against the defunct California Golden Seals.

"Overall I think it's been a pretty successful road trip, and I do believe this team is heading in the right direction," Islanders defenseman Jamie Rivers said. "It takes time when you get so many new faces in a season, but guys are starting to get used to each other's personalities -- let alone how they play on the ice."

Game Recap - 01/31/00

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FIRST PERIOD - SCORING: 1, Los Angeles, Stumpel 4 (Robitaille, Palffy), 14:50. 2, Los Angeles, Galley 6 (Corkum), 17:02. PENALTIES: Rivers, NY (roughing), 6:15; Murray, LA (tripping), 8:19; Jokinen, NY (boarding), 8:51; Berg, LA (roughing), 12:12.

SECOND PERIOD - SCORING: 3, Los Angeles, Robitaille 23 (Palffy, Stumpel), 1:55. 4, Los Angeles, Murray 16 (Stumpel, Galley), 5:47. 5, Los Angeles, Robitaille 24 (Norstrom, Palffy), 13:38. PENALTIES: R.Blake, LA (hooking), 8:05; Webb, NY (charging), 10:39; Webb, NY, major (fighting), 12:52; Laperriere, LA, major (fighting), 12:52; Scatchard, NY (charging), 15:07.

THIRD PERIOD - SCORING: 6, New York, Heward 5 (Scatchard, J.Jonsson), 4:01. 7, New York, Czerkawski 17, 17:19 (pp). PENALTIES: O'Donnell, LA (high-sticking), 17:13.

Shots on Goal

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Los Angeles14101034

POWER PLAY: New York 1 of 4; Los Angeles 0 of 4. 

GOALIES: New York, Weekes 9-15-5 (34 shots-29 saves). Los Angeles, Fiset 12-12-4 (25-23).

Referee: Dan O'Halloran. Linesmen: Don Henderson, Swede Knox.

A: 14,913 (18,118).

Kings Give Up 2 Goal Lead; Lose in Final Seconds to Toronto 3-2
TORONTO (AP) - Just hanging around paid off Saturday for Steve Thomas and the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Thomas' second goal of the game came with 19 seconds left, and Toronto, which overcame a two-goal deficit, beat the Los Angeles Kings 3-2.

"I was just going by the net and it hit my stick," Thomas said. "Someone is looking down on me."

Two days ago, Thomas scored the winning goal with one minute left as Toronto beat the New York Rangers. Thomas, limited to one goal in his first 28 games, has five goals in the last three games and 13 for the season.

"He can do no wrong now," said Toronto goalie Curtis Joseph, who had 29 saves. "That just goes to show you to stay with it, don't change your pattern, keep your chin up."

Bryan Berard and Thomas scored 90 seconds apart early in the third period to tie the game, then teamed up for the decisive goal. Berard's wrist shot from the point was deflected by Thomas past goalie Stephane Fiset.

After getting booed by their fans at various stages of the first and second periods, the Leafs came out strong in the third.

Igor Korolev found Berard behind the Kings' defense and Berard skated in alone on Fiset and beat him with a deke to the backhand at 5:02 for his third goal.

Thomas tied it at 6:32 when he flipped Mats Sundin's pass over Fiset.

"I've maintained a good work ethic and good things were bound to happen," Thomas said. "I've been in the right place at the right time lately and maybe this will lead to a good second half."

"I can't question the effort of our team," Los Angeles coach Andy Murray said. "We played hard and worked hard and we got what we deserve. Eventually, things will start to go our way."

Bryan Smolinski and Jere Karalahti scored in the first period for the Kings.

Los Angeles outshot Toronto 31-21 and the Leafs were 0-for-4 on the power play.

Smolinski opened the scoring 4:11 in when his attempted pass across the slot to Jason Blake deflected off Toronto defenseman Tomas Kaberle's stick past Curtis Joseph.

Los Angeles went ahead 2-0 at 13:36 on a power play when Karalahti's slap shot from the point went through a screen created by Blake. Karalahti, a 24-year-old rookie, has three goals and nine points in 16 games since joining the Kings from Finland. He missed the first month of the season waiting for visa problems to be rectified.

Game Recap - 01/29/00

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FIRST PERIOD - SCORING: 1, Los Angeles, Smolinski 14, 4:11. 2, Los Angeles, Karalahti 3 (Murray, J.Blake), 13:36 (pp). PENALTIES: Antropov, Tor (cross-checking), 2:07; Clark, Tor (boarding), 4:40; Markov, Tor (holding), 12:18; Galley, LA (interference), 17:10. 

SECOND PERIOD - SCORING: None. PENALTIES: Markov, Tor (ob.-holding), 10:16; Galley, LA (hooking), 12:03. 

THIRD PERIOD - SCORING: 3, Toronto, Berard 3 (Korolev, Cross), 5:02. 4, Toronto, Thomas 12 (Sundin, Hoglund), 6:32. 5, Toronto, Thomas 13 (Berard), 19:40. PENALTIES: Murray, LA (ob.-holding), :44; Thomas, Tor (boarding), 11:56; Tuomainen, LA (ob.-holding stick), 15:37.

Shots on Goal

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POWER PLAY: Los Angeles 1 of 5; Toronto 0 of 4. 

GOALIES: Los Angeles, Fiset 11-12-4 (21 shots-18 saves). Toronto, Joseph 24-11-6 (31-29). 

Referee: Don Van Massenhoven. Linesmen: Mike Cvik, Brad Kovachik.

A-19,317 (18,800).

Kings Defeat Nashville 6-2 In Second Meeting of the Season
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Luc Robitaille helped the Los Angeles Kings make it an easy night against the Nashville Predators.

Robitaille scored two first-period goals and Stephane Fiset made 34 saves as the Kings cruised to a 6-2 victory Thursday night.

"Luc's a pure goal-scorer," Nashville's Tom Fitzgerald said. "If you give him chances to score, he's going to put it in."

With 539 career goals, Robitaille ranks 20th among NHL career goal scoring leaders, two behind Stan Mikita.

With the addition of Robitaille's linemate Ziggy Palffy and a new home rink in the Staples Center, the Kings feel they have a new lease on life this season.

"We're a better team. We know we're a better team," Robitaille said. "We struggled a little bit, we had a lot of injuries. But I think we're back on track now."

Palffy, acquired prior to the season in a trade with the Islanders, spotted Robitaille breaking into the left circle just 1:56 into the game. Palffy now has 26 assists.

After Nashville's Patric Kjellberg tied it 1-1 on a power-play goal, Robitaille connected again to put the Kings back on top.

"It was not a fun night," Fitzgerald said. "It was a very, very horrendous start."

On the play, Robitaille pounced on a loose puck on the left side and snapped a wrist shot past Mike Dunham's stick -- his 11th point in the last 10 games.

The Kings' Marko Tuomainen made it 3-1 at 19:06. Bryan Smolinski scored early in the second to put Los Angeles ahead 4-1. Bob Corkum scored to make it 5-1 at 12:21 of the period.

Kjellberg put a rebound past Fiset to cut the lead to 5-2 at 14:34 of the second. Tomas Vokoun replaced Dunham to start the third period.

Ian Laperriere's unassisted goal made it 6-2.

"This was sort of one of those clunker games," Nashville coach Barry Trotz said. "We'd been playing pretty well. Today we were a little on the flat side."

Los Angeles has beaten Nashville three straight times dating back to last season. The first three times the teams met, the then-expansion Predators won all three meetings.

Game Recap - 01/27/00

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FIRST PERIOD - SCORING: 1, Los Angeles, L.Robitaille 21 (Palffy, Norstrom), 1:56. 2, Nashville, Kjellberg 16 (R.Robitaille), 12:03 (pp). 3, Los Angeles, L.Robitaille 22 (Berg, Karalahti), 18:50. 4, Los Angeles, Tuomainen 8 (C.Johnson, Laperriere), 19:06. PENALTIES: J.Blake, LA (goalie interference), 5:25; Fitzgerald, Nas (ob.-hooking), 7:37; Berg, LA (slashing), 11:10; Boughner, Nas (holding), 16:47.

SECOND PERIOD - SCORING: 5, Los Angeles, Smolinski 13, 5:46. 6, Los Angeles, Corkum 2 (Bylsma, J.Blake), 12:21. 7, Nashvile, Kjellberg 17 (Bouchard, Fitzgerald), 14:34. PENALTIES: Smolinski, LA (ob.-hooking), 9:36.

THIRD PERIOD - SCORING: 8, Los Angeles, Laperriere 13, 10:49. PENALTIES: Laperriere, LA (unsportsmalike conduct), 13:46. Boughner, Nas (interference), 14:36; Tuomainen, LA (ob.-tripping),15:37; Boughner, Nas (hooking), 18:06.

Shots on Goal

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POWER PLAY: Los Angeles 0 of 3; Nashville 1 of 4. 

GOALIES: Los Angeles, Fiset 11-11-4 (36 shots-34 saves). Nashville, Dunham 13-16-5 (22-17), Vokoun (0:00 third, 10-9).

Referees: Dan O'Halloran, Stephen Walkom. Linesmen: Pierre Champoux, Mark Pare.

A: 17,062 (17,113).

Kings Outshoot Dallas 37-18, But Lose 3-1 in Dallas
DALLAS (AP) - Ed Belfour didn't give the Los Angeles Kings a chance to finally beat the Dallas Stars. Belfour made 36 saves as the Stars ran their franchise-record unbeaten streak against Los Angeles to 22 games with a 3-1 victory Wednesday night.

Dallas, 4-0 against Los Angeles this season, is 16-0-6 against the Kings since April 6, 1995. The Minnesota North Stars had a 21-game streak (17-0-4) against the Kings from 1970-73.

"I felt real focused," said Belfour, 20-13-4 this season. "I like playing in games where I see a lot of shots. I want to play in games like that, where I have to make every save I can. Sometimes it's easier when the shots come one after the other."

Los Angeles outshot Dallas, 37-18.

"Eddie kept us in the game and let us win," said Stars defenseman Darryl Sydor, who had two assists. "We got outworked quite a bit but we'll take the two points."

Belfour had no explanation for his team's domination of the Kings.

"The stars must be lined up right or something," Belfour said. "It's just something that's worked out for us."

For the Kings, the frustration against the Stars continues.

"I don't think we could have played a better game," Kings left wing Luc Robitaille said. "If we play like that, we could score seven or eight goals tomorrow. But Belfour was in the zone."

Sergei Zubov scored the tiebreaking goal on a power play early in the second period. Zubov's slap shot from the right point beat goalie Jamie Storr.

Mike Modano had a goal and two assists, and Brett Hull added an empty-net goal with 14.1 seconds left for the injury-plagued Stars. Dallas is missing several of its top players, including defenseman Derian Hatcher, center Joe Nieuwendyk and left wing Jere Lehtinen.

"We're missing a lot of guys, but we're finding ways to win," Modano said. "It may be ugly, but it's points on the board."

The Stars' penalty killers kept the Kings scoreless in six power-play chances as Dallas improved to 9-3 in its last 12 games.

The Stars took a 1-0 lead at 11:10 of the first period on Modano's rebound goal. Modano's 19th goal of the season came one second after the Kings killed a power play.

The Kings tied it at 18:24 of the opening period when Craig Johnson scored his sixth of the season on a wrist shot from the right circle.

Game Recap - 01/26/00

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FIRST PERIOD - SCORING: 1, Dallas, Modano 19 (Hull, Sydor),11:10. 2, Los Angeles, Johnson 6 (Laperriere, Karalahti), 18:24. PENALTIES: Muller, Dal (ob.-holding stick), 6:10; Tuomainen, LA (ob.-holding), 9:09; Keane, Dal (roughing), 11:58; Bylsma, LA (roughing), 18:42.

SECOND PERIOD - SCORING: 3, Dallas, Zubov 8 (Sydor, Modano), :36 (pp). PENALTIES: Tuomainen, LA (slashing), 2:33; Matvichuk, Dal (ob.-tripping), 5:57; Gabey, Dal (hooking), 9:16; Keane, Dal (high-sticking), 12:31.

THIRD PERIOD - SCORING: 4, Dallas, Hull 17 (Modano), 19:46 (en). PENALTIES: Bylsma, LA (interference), 5:27; Murray, LA, minor-misconduct (tripping), 8:09; Modano, Dal (ob.-hooking), 10:07.

Shots on Goal

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POWER PLAY: Los Angeles 0 of 6; Dallas 1 of 5.     

GOALIES: Los Angeles, Storr 9-8-3 (16 shots-14 saves), Fiset (19:03 third, 1-1). Dallas, Belfour 20-13-4 (37-36).

Referees: Dave Jackson, Scott Zelkin. Linesmen: Don Henderson, Dan Schachte.

A: 17,001 (17,001).

Kings Finally Find Some Offense; Defeat Colorado 3-2
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Glen Murray and Jozef Stumpel didn't take long to put some much-needed punch back into the Los Angeles Kings' offense.

In their first game back from the injured list, Murray and Stumpel scored in the first period as the Kings ended Colorado's six-game unbeaten streak Sunday with a 3-2 victory over the Avalanche.

"It definitely feels good to help out the team," said Murray, who missed three games with a bruised chest. "The legs were a little tired in the third period, but it always feels great to get that first goal after coming back."

Ziggy Palffy had a goal and an assist and Luc Robitaille had two assists, helping the Kings hand the Northwest Division leaders their second loss in 13 games (8-2-3).

Adam Deadmarsh and Dave Reid scored for the Avalanche (24-18-7), which lost three of four to the Kings this season.

"They always seem to play well against us," Avalanche captain Joe Sakic said. "I'm kind of glad it's over with that team for now."

Los Angeles (20-19-7) needed just eight shots to grab a 3-0 first-period lead against rookie Marc Denis, who entered with three straight victories including a shutout in his previous start.

Palffy and Murray opened the scoring with power-play goals less than two minutes apart against a penalty-killing unit that in the last six games had allowed only one power play goal in 27 short-handed situations.

"It was important for us to come out really hard at the beginning of the game because they've been scoring a lot in the first period," goalie Stephane Fiset said. "Having Muzz and Stumpy back in the lineup was a big thing for us. We saw the difference right away on the power play with those two guys."

Colorado entered the game with the league's best penalty-killing percentage at home (83-for-90), but only the 17th-best on the road (94-for-115).

Stumpel, out for seven games with a bruised left knee, made it 3-0 with 5:10 left in the first with a wrist shot from the right circle that glanced off Alexei Gusarov's left skate and over the outstretched right leg of Denis.

Colorado coach Bob Hartley replaced Denis with Patrick Roy at the start of the second. The Avalanche held the Kings to only seven shots the rest of the way, with the help of four Los Angeles penalties, and got within 3-2.

Deadmarsh scored a power-play goal with 3:16 remaining in the second period, deflecting a slap shot from the top of the left circle past Fiset's glove.

Game Recap - 01/23/00

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FIRST PERIOD - SCORING: 1, Los Angeles, Palffy 17 (Robitaille, R.Blake), 8:51 (pp). 2, Los Angeles, Murray 15 (Karalahti, Smolinski), 10:48 (pp). 3, Los Angeles, Stumpel 3 (Palffy, Robitaille), 14:50. PENALTIES: Forsberg, Col (roughing), 7:59; Klemm, Col (hooking), 9:34; Bylsma, LA (hooking), 11:01; Berg, LA (holding), 17:26; Ozolinsh, Col (elbowing), 19:16.

 SECOND PERIOD - SCORING: 4, Colorado, Deadmarsh 13 (Ozolinsh, Hejduk), 16:34 (pp). PENALTIES: Barrie, LA (tripping), 3:48; Norstrom, LA (interference), 7:33; Forsberg, Col (boarding), 11:43; Stumpel, LA (tripping), 15:36; 

THIRD PERIOD - SCORING: 5, Colorado, Reed 7 (Hejduk, Sakic), 6:35. PENALTIES: Galley, LA (high-sticking), 1:28; Klemm, Col (interference), 10:26

Shots on Goal

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POWER PLAY: Colorado 1 of 6; Los Angeles 2 of 5. 

GOALIES: Colorado, Denis 6-5-2 (9 shots-6 saves); Roy (0:00 2nd period, 7-7). Los Angeles, Fiset 10-11-4 (23-21).

Referee: Don Van Massenhoven, Scott Zelkin. Linesmen: Wayne Bonney, Troy Sartison.

A: 18,118 (18,118).

Kings Fall Asleep at the Wheel During a 5-2 Loss to Dallas
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Not matter where or when they play, the Los Angeles Kings can't seem to solve the Dallas Stars. Darryl Sydor and Brett Hull scored second-period power-play goals Thursday night in a 5-2 victory, the Stars' 10th straight over the Kings.

"Our confidence level playing against them comes from the fact that we don't feel nervous protecting a one-goal lead like you sometimes are against other teams," Dallas coach Ken Hitchcock said. "For whatever reason, we're not nervous playing this team on the road."

Mike Modano and Blake Sloan each had a goal and two assists and Richard Matvichuk assisted on three goals as the defending Stanley Cup champions extended their unbeaten streak against the Kings to 21 games (15-0-6). The streak matches Dallas' longest unbeaten stretch against any opponent. The Stars were 17-0-4 against the Kings from March 31, 1970 through Dec. 11, 1973. The last Kings victory against Dallas was a 3-2 decision on April 6, 1995 at the Forum.

"This is a team that we struggle against," defenseman Garry Galley said. "It's inexplainable. The only thing we can explain is the way we play, and we didn't play well enough to win tonight. We come out and, for two periods, we don't compete at the level we need to in order to beat a team like Dallas."

Galley scored the Kings's first goal, Marko Tuomainen added a short-handed goal and Sean O'Donnell had two assists.

Dallas, which also got a goal and assist from Brenden Morrow, has won 39 consecutive games when scoring at least three goals.

Jamie Storr stopped Modano on a breakaway 8 1/2 minutes into the first period, keeping the game scoreless until Sydor's power-play goal at 3:18 of the second. Sergei Zubov's one-timer from just inside the blue line hit Morrow in front, but Sydor -- standing behind the net -- was able to reach around the right post and get his stick on the puck as it lay in the crease behind Storr.

"It was just a fluky goal," said Sydor, whose scored his sixth goal and second in 18 games against his former team. "I was able to be in the right spot at the right time and was just able to give the puck a little more momentum."

The Kings, who have allowed at least one power-play goal in 13 of 15 games, surrendered another one after Aki Berg was sent off for holding. Hull carried the puck unchecked from the left boards to the slot and sent a 20-foot wrist shot past Storr for his 16th goal and 602nd of his career, ending a six-game drought. Kirk Muller assisted on the goal for his 900th NHL point.

Game Recap - 01/20/00

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FIRST PERIOD - SCORING: None. PENALTIES: Marshall, Dal, major (fighting), 1:17; O'Donnell, LA, minor-major-misconduct (instigator, fighting), 1:17; R.Blake, LA (interference), 4:43; Lukowich, Dal (tripping), 7:52; Sydor, Dal (roughing), 14:39; Barrie, LA (roughing), 14:39.

SECOND PERIOD - SCORING: 1, Dallas, Sydor 6 (Morrow, Zubov), 3:18 (pp). 2, Dallas, Hull 16 (Muller, Matvichuk), 13:55 (pp). PENALTIES: Johnson, LA (hooking), 2:24; C.Murray, Dal, double minor (cross-checking, roughing), 5:23; R.Blake, LA (roughing), 5:23; Gavey, Dal (slashing), 10:26; Berg, LA (holding), 13:04; Modano, Dal (hooking), 15:22.

THIRD PERIOD - SCORING: 3, Dallas, Sloan 4 (Modano, Matvichuk), 3:17. 4, Los Angles, Galley 5 (Barrie, O'Donnell), 3:40. 5, Los Angeles, Tuomainen 7 (O'Donnell, Laperriere), 7:36 (sh). 6, Dallas, Modano 17 (Sloan), 14:49. 7, Dallas, Morrow 5 (Modano, Sloan), 18:49. PENALTIES: Barrie, LA (roughing), 6:49; Morrow, Dal (holding), 9:16.

Shots on Goal

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POWER PLAY: Dallas 2 of 5; Los Angeles 0 of 3. 

GOALIES: Dallas, Belfour 18-13-4 (31 shots-29 saves). Los Angeles, Storr 9-7-3 (27-22).

Referee: Don Van Massenhoven. Linesmen: Wayne Bonney, Troy Sartison.

A: 14,369 (18,118).

Luc Robitaille and Ziggy Palffy Each Score Twice in a 5-3 Win
LOS ANGELES (AP) - For one night, at least, the Los Angeles Kings improved dramatically in two areas that have given them problems -- power plays and 4-on-4 situations. Ziggy Palffy had two goals and Luc Robitaille scored twice with the man advantage Tuesday night as the Kings ended a three-game losing streak with a 5-3 victory over the Buffalo Sabres.

Both of Palffy's goals came with the teams skating a man short, after the Kings had managed only one 4-on-4 goal during their first 43 games.

"We can't just sit back and play defense when it's four on four," Palffy said. "If you want to win the game, you have to go for it. The difference tonight is that we were skating well. You have to move the puck quicker when it's four on four and you have to keep moving your feet."

On his first goal, Palffy beat Buffalo goalie Martin Biron between the pads at 4:26 of the first period on a breakaway to open the scoring. Bryan Smolinski sent a long lead pass into the neutral zone that found Palffy a couple of strides ahead of Sanderson and Jason Wooley. The goal came about two minutes after Kings goalie Jamie Storr came out to challenge rookie Maxim Afinogenov on a breakaway and stop him for one of his 23 saves.

Palffy capped Los Angeles' three-goal second period with his second of the night, increasing the margin to 5-2 with four minutes left in the period. He beat Dwayne Roloson high to the glove side from close range after getting the puck in the slot from Rob Blake. It was the 16th goal for Palffy, who has been hampered by a strained lower back since early December.

Brad Chartrand also scored for the Kings, who chased goalie Biron to the bench with three goals on 14 shots. The rookie had shutouts in two of his previous three outings, including a scoreless tie.

Michal Grosek, Geoff Sanderson and Afinogenov scored for the Sabres, who fell four games under .500 after reaching the Stanley Cup finals last season.

Robitaille, the highest-scoring left wing in NHL history, reached the 20-goal mark for the 13th time in 14 seasons midway through the second while former Kings defenseman Alex Zhitnik was off for tripping Ian Laperriere. Blake and Garry Galley each broke their sticks seconds apart on slap shots from inside the blue line during the power play, but the puck slid into the slot and Palffy shoveled the puck to Robitaille for his 536th career goal.

"They break two sticks on a power play, and somehow we end up giving them wide-open shots when they should have nothing," Sabres coach Lindy Ruff said. "It's frustrating."

Game Recap - 01/18/00

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FIRST PERIOD - SCORING: 1, Los Angeles, Palffy 15 (Smolinski, R.Blake), 4:26. 2, Los Angeles, Robitaille 19 (Smolinski, Galley), 17:00. PENALTIES: Barrie, LA (boarding), 3:27; Satan, Buf (slashing), 4:00; J.Blake, LA (holding stick), 8:13; Tuomainen, LA (goalie interference), 14:15; Holzinger, Buf (interference), 16:04.

SECOND PERIOD - SCORING: 3, Los Angeles, Chartrand 5 (Tuomainen, Laperriere), :31. 4, Buffalo, Grosek 10 (Satan, Holzinger), 1:05. 5, Los Angeles, Robitaille 20 (Palffy, Galley), 10:08 (pp). 6, Buffalo, Afinogenov 12 (Brown), 10:41. 7, Los Angeles, Palffy 16 (R.Blake, J.Blake), 16:00. PENALTIES: Barrie, LA (slashing), 3:19; Zhitnik, Buf (tripping), 9:21; O'Donnell, LA (high-sticking), 12:30; Rasmussen, Buf (slashing), 15:09; Smolinski, LA (slashing), 15:09.

THIRD PERIOD - SCORING: 8, Buffalo, Sanderson 7 (Barnes, Brown), 11:41 (pp). PENALTIES: Warrener, Buf, minor-major (slashing, fighting), 1:02; Laperriere, LA, major (fighting), 1:02; R.Blake, LA (hooking), 2:11; J.Blake, LA (holding), 10:05; Palffy, LA (tripping), 19:08.

Shots on Goal

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POWER PLAY: Buffalo 1 of 8; Los Angeles 2 of 4. 

GOALIES: Buffalo, Biron (14 shots-11 saves), Roloson 1-7-3 (0:31 second, 12-10). Los Angeles, Storr 9-6-3 (26-23).

Referee: Mick McGeough. Linesmen: Brad Lazarowich, David Brisebois.

A: 14,458 (18,118).

San Jose Earns 3-2 Win in Overtime
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) - Owen Nolan took care of business at the beginning and Jeff Friesen made the difference at the end, and the San Jose Sharks got an overtime victory over the Los Angeles Kings.

Nolan had his 28th and 29th goals, one shorthanded, in the first period and Friesen scored 65 seconds into overtime as the Sharks defeated the Kings 3-2 Saturday night in a battle of struggling teams. It was just the fourth win in 11 games for San Jose, while the Kings have won just twice in 11 contests.

Luc Robitaille sent the game into overtime with a goal for the Kings with 1:33 left in the third period, but Friesen took a long pass off the boards and knocked his 17th goal past Los Angeles goalie Jamie Storr for the game winner in the extra period. The puck skidded off the stick of Los Angeles defenseman Sean O'Donnell before going to Friesen.

"I think it went up the other guy's stick and I got a partial breakaway," Friesen said. "I just tried to put it on net."

Storr, who came off the injured list Friday, was making his first start since being sidelined Dec. 17 due to symptoms from post-concussion syndrome. He was hurt Dec. 11 when his head struck the crossbar while he was stopping a breakaway by Montreal's Martin Rucinsky.

Brad Chartrand scored the other goal for the Kings.

The Kings went 1-for-7 on power plays, with the only goal coming on Robitaille's third-period score.

"Those are the players that are supposed to score, the guys on the power play," Los Angeles coach Andy Murray said. "They got it done on the last power play, but obviously there were some opportunities that we needed to finish off."

Nolan, third in the league in goals, opened the scoring just 96 seconds in when -- with the Sharks killing a penalty -- he took the puck in his own end and skated along the boards until the top of the faceoff circle, then blasted a shot over Storr's right shoulder. The Sharks now are tied with Detroit and Phoenix for the league lead with eight short-handed goals. Only two of those have come at home.

Nolan made it 2-0 later in the period when he completed a 3-on-1 break with his 29th goal. But Chartrand scored 28 seconds later to pull the Kings within a goal. Robitaille scored his 18th goal late in the third with one second remaining on a San Jose penalty.

"At this point, I couldn't care less whether it was overtime or not," San Jose goalie Steve Shields said. "I was happy to get a win, relieved to get a win. I'm more disappointed with the way they tied it up."

Game Recap - 01/15/00

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San Jose20013

FIRST PERIOD - SCORING: 1, San Jose, Nolan 28, 1:36 (sh). 2, San Jose, Nolan 29 (Friesen, Stuart), 14:23. 3, Los Angeles, Chartrand 4 (Johnson, R.Blake), 14:51. PENALTIES: Harvey, SJ (elbowing), :26; Ragnarsson, SJ (hooking), 5:35; Harvey, SJ, major (fighting), 14:34; Laperriere, LA, major (fighting), 14:34; Palffy, LA (high-sticking), 16:31.

SECOND PERIOD - SCORING: None. PENALTIES: Matteau, SJ (elbowing), 3:46; Norstrom, LA (hooking), 8:49 Chartrand, LA (interefence), 8:49; Sundstrom, SJ (tripping), 15:39.

THIRD PERIOD - SCORING: 4, Los Angeles, Robitaille 18 (Palffy, R.Blake), 18:27 (pp). PENALTIES: Sutter, SJ (high-sticking), 2:11; R.Blake, LA (high-sticking), 2:11; Granato, SJ, major-game misconduct (cross-checking), 5:11; R.Blake, LA (interference), 8:00; Ragnarsson, SJ (interference), 16:28.

OVERTIME - SCORING: 5, San Jose, Friesen 17 (Rathje, Ragnarsson), 1:05. PENALTIES: None.

Shots on Goal

Los Angeles12810030
San Jose999128

POWER PLAY: Los Angeles 1 of 7; San Jose 0 of 3. 

GOALIES: Los Angeles, Storr 8-6-3 (28 shots-25 saves). San Jose, Shields 15-16-4 (30-28).

Referees: Kerry Fraser, Kevin Maguire. Linesmen: David Brisebois, Mike Cvik.

A: 17,483 (17,483).

Blues is #1 in the NHL with a 3-2 Victory Over the Kings
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Although the St. Louis Blues have been an NHL franchise since the 1967-68 season, they have never finished with the league's best record. This is their best shot so far.

The Blues improved to 27-11-6 on Thursday night, beating the Los Angeles Kings 3-2 on Scott Young's power-play goal with 13:25 remaining. The victory, coupled with Detroit's 5-3 loss to Chicago, gives St. Louis a league-leading 60 points -- one more than the Red Wings and the idle New Jersey Devils.

"Right now I think the biggest challenge is Detroit," Young said. "We've been chasing them all year and now we've inched in front of them, but there's a lot of hockey left. We've always got an eye on Detroit, but we've just got to worry about how we're playing."

Jamal Mayers and Lubos Bartecko jump-started a sluggish St. Louis offense with goals less than 1 1/2 minutes apart late in the first period as the Blues extended their unbeaten streak to eight games with their fourth straight victory.

Bryan Smolinski recorded his first multiple-goal game with the Kings, who have won only twice in their last 12.

"St. Louis worked really hard for the win," Smolinski said. "We've just got to bear down and win these one-goal games. We're putting in the effort; we just have to realize it's a long season and we can get through this stretch by working hard."

Kings defenseman Sean O'Donnell was serving an interference penalty when the Blues regained the lead. Al MacInnis got a cross-ice pass from Chris Pronger at the right point and sent a shot toward the net that grazed Young's stick and dribbled between Stephane Fiset's pads.

"Our power play was pretty ugly all night, but they did a pretty good job killing penalties," Young said after scoring his 14th goal. "They had everything covered, but Al saw me alone in front."

Smolinski's 12th goal of the season tied the score with 29 seconds left in the second period. Garry Galley got the puck from Jaroslav Modry as he came out of the penalty box and sent Ziggy Palffy into the St. Louis zone on a 2-on-1 with Smolinski against Pronger. Smolinski's 10-foot wrist shot from the left of the net found room between Roman Turek's glove and the post.

Turek made 24 saves while stretching his unbeaten streak to seven games (6-0-1). The Blues, who have the league's third-best road record at 12-6-2, have won 10 of their last 14 away from Kiel Center.

Game Recap - 01/13/00

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Los Angeles1102

FIRST PERIOD - SCORING: 1, Los Angeles, Smolinski 11 (Murray, Robitaille), 3:36. 2, St. Louis, Mayers 3 (Pronger, Bassen), 17:23. 3, St. Louis, Bartecko 10 (Demitra, Handzus), 18:49. PENALTIES: Karalahti, LA (interference), 5:40.

SECOND PERIOD - SCORING: 4, Los Angeles, Smolinski 12 (Palffy, Galley), 19:31. PENALTIES: Barrie, LA (hooking), 1:26; Bassen, StL (holding), 5:03; Smolinski, LA (interference), 6:15; Pronger, StL (high-sticking), 9:22; Galley, LA (holding), 17:24; Mayers, StL, major (fighting), 19:56; Laperriere, LA, major (fighting), 19:56.

THIRD PERIOD - SCORING: 5, St. Louis, Young 14 (MacInnis, Pronger), 6:35 (pp). PENALTIES: O'Donnell, LA (interference), 5:32; Nash, StL (roughing), 8:00; Laperriere, LA (roughing), 8:00; Reirden, StL (interference), 11:05.


Shots on Goal

St. Louis35816
Los Angeles6101026

POWER PLAY: St. Louis 1 of 5; Los Angeles 0 of 3. 

GOALIES: St. Louis, Turek 22-9-5 (26 shots-24 saves). Los Angeles, Fiset 9-11-4 (16-13).

Referees: Bernard DeGrace, Terry Gregson. Linesmen-Brad Lazarowich, David Brisebois.

A: 16,278 (18,118).

Ottawa breaks SoCal Jinx with 4-3 Victory Over the Kings
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Patrick Lalime had everything going for him. He only faced one shot in the first 15 1/2 minutes and didn't have to worry about Luc Robitaille for the final 11 1/2. Joe Juneau scored two first-period power-play goals and Shawn McEachern put Ottawa in front Tuesday night in the Senators' 4-3 victory over the stumbling Los Angeles Kings.

"I was happy when I saw that," Lalime said after making 28 saves. "Luc is pretty good, and he's a guy you don't want to have in front of you in the last couple of minutes."

McEachern has seven goals in eight games.

The teams were skating 4-on-4 when Kings defenseman Mattias Norstrom ended a 49-game goal-scoring drought with his first since last March 20 to trim the lead to 4-3. Robitaille was called for slashing just 56 seconds later by referee Kerry Fraser, who tacked a 10-minute misconduct on the Kings' leading goal-scorer.

"You just don't give yourself a chance to win the game when you take that many penalties," Kings coach Andy Murray said. "Ottawa is a great team, but tonight I don't think they needed to play a great game to beat us."

Magnus Arvedson also scored to help extend Ottawa's road unbeaten streak to four games. The victory was the Senators' first in Southern California, after going 0-6 against the Kings and 0-3-1 against the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim.

"We talked about how Ottawa is one of the least-penalized teams in the league," Murray said. "We had to be physical with them because they have good skill, but we also had to be smart about it and stay out of the box. We gave them the game."

Robitaille's 17th goal and 534th of his career moved him past Hall of Famer Frank Mahovlich for 20th place on the NHL's career list.

Ottawa scored on its first two second-period shots. The Senators took a 4-2 lead on McEachern's 17th goal and Arvedson's 13th -- which chased Stephane Fiset at 3:26. Kings coach Andy Murray then replaced Fiset with Marcel Cousineau -- who stopped all 12 shots he faced.

The Senators, starting a season-high six-game road trip, outshot Los Angeles 16-1 through the first 15 1/2 minutes. Ottawa was helped by five-straight power plays.

"That was unbelievable," Ottawa right wing Andre Roy said. "They might not have deserved some of the penalties, but they were playing pretty chippy and we kept playing disciplined hockey, which helps when you've got eight power plays to their three."

Game Recap - 01/11/00

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FIRST PERIOD - SCORING: 1, Ottawa, Juneau 6 (Traverse, Kravchuk), 10:38. 2, Ottawa, Juneau 7 (Dackell, Bonk), 13:29 (pp). 3, Los Angeles, Bylsma 2 (R.Blake, Corkum), 15:36 (sh). 4, Los Angeles, Robitaille 17 (R.Blake, Smolinski), 18:51. PENALTIES: Bylsma, LA (interference), 2:47; Karalahti, LA (hooking), 5:26; Smolinski, LA (cross-checking), 8:44; Robitaille, LA (cross-checking), 11:46; Tsyplakov, LA (interference), 13:45; York, Ott (holding), 16:50.

SECOND PERIOD - SCORING: 5, Ottawa, McEachern 17, :48. 6, Ottawa, Arvedson 13 (Bonk, Traverse), 3:26. PENALTIES: Barrie, LA (tripping), 5:54; Arvedson, Ott (hooking), 10:22; Forbes, Ott (roughing), 17:26; O'Donnell, LA (roughing), 17:26.

THIRD PERIOD - SCORING: 7, Los Angeles, Norstrom 1 (Smolinski, O'Donnell), 7:19. PENALTIES: R.Blake, LA (interference), 6:35; Dackell, Ott (hooking), 7:01; Robitaille, LA, minor-misconduct (slashing), 8:15; Laukkanen, Ott (cross-checking), 10:46; R.Blake, LA (cross-checking), 10:46.

Shots on Goal

Los Angeles1210931

POWER PLAY: Ottawa 2 of 8; Los Angeles 0 of 3. 

GOALIES: Ottawa, Lalime 12-7-2 (31 shots-28 saves). Los Angeles, Fiset 9-10-4 (18-14), Cousineau (3:26 second, 12-12).

Referee: Kerry Fraser. Linesmen: Troy Sartison, Jay Sharrers.

A: 14,224 (18,118).

Kings Outshot the Panthers in a 4-2 Victory at Staples Center
LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Los Angeles Kings had five times as many shots as Florida after two periods, yet weren't taking anything for granted. Len Barrie had the first two-goal game of his NHL career and the Kings outshot the Panthers 41-17 in a 4-2 victory Thursday night.

"They're the type of team that can score two goals in one period, even though you're outshooting them," Barrie said, "so you have to be careful. They could have easily come around and tied it up."

Florida's biggest scoring threat, Pavel Bure, was limited to one assist. Three of his four shots on goal came in the third period when the Panthers closed within a goal.

The Kings, who won for just the second time in 10 games, tied a franchise record with 26 shots in the second period when Florida mustered only five.

"We weren't there in the first two periods. We made a lot of turnovers," Panthers coach Terry Murray said.

Recalled from the International Hockey League two months ago, Barrie snapped a 1-1 tie with his second goal of the game at 2:58 of the second period. Ziggy Palffy stole the puck from Florida's Bret Hedican at the blue line and took the first shot, which was stopped by goalie Mike Vernon. Luc Robitaille tipped the puck to Barrie on the left side, and he scored to give the Kings a 2-1 lead.

Vernon played his second game since being acquired from San Jose last week.

"Mike kept us in the game and gave us an opportunity to pull it out," Panthers left wing Peter Worrell said.

Florida was penalized for too many players on the ice, which led to the Kings' third goal. Jaroslav Modry scored the power-play goal from inside the left circle after a flurry in front of Vernon at 15:21 of the second.

Barrie tied the game 1-1 on a shot through Vernon's pads at 8:26 of the first period. It was Barrie's first goal in 16 games.

"I knew I had a breakaway," he said. "I just wanted to make sure I didn't go offsides. The guy was kind of hooking me from behind, so I just buried it between the goalie's pads."

The Panthers tied a season low with two shots in the first period. Their second shot produced a power-play goal by Ray Sheppard when the puck bounced in off the glove of goalie Stephane Fiset at 6:06. Robert Svehla made it 3-2 at 11:14 of the third period on Florida's 12th shot. Glen Murray scored an empty-net goal with 34 seconds left for Los Angeles.

Game Recap - 01/06/00

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FIRST PERIOD - SCORING: 1, Florida, Sheppard 3 (Svehla, Kuba), 6:06 (pp). 2, Los Angeles, Barrie 3 (Tuomainen, Tsyplakov), 8:26. PENALTIES: Norstrom, LA (tripping), 2:20; Modry, LA (tripping), 4:45; Whitney, Fla (slashing), 11:40; Norstrom, LA (hooking), 18:35.

SECOND PERIOD - SCORING: 3, Los Angeles, Barrie 4 (Robitaille, Palffy), 2:58. 4, Los Angeles, Modry 2 (Audette, Murray), 15:21 (pp). PENALTIES: Robitaille, LA (elbowing), 4:21 Svehla, Fla (cross-checking), 7:01; Florida bench, served by Kuba (too many men), 14:58.

THIRD PERIOD - SCORING: 5, Florida, Svehla 6 (Kozlov, Bure), 11:14. 6, Los Angeles, Murray 14 (R.Blake, Corkum), 19:25 (en). PENALTIES: Whitney, Fla, major-game misconduct (butt-ending), 2:12; Worrell, Fla (slashing), 16:50; R.Blake, LA (slashing), 16:50.

Shots on Goal

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POWER PLAY: Florida 1 of 4; Los Angeles 1 of 4. 

GOALIES: Florida, Vernon 7-6-1 (40 shots-37 saves). Los Angeles, Fiset 9-9-4 (17-15).

Referee: Dan O'Halloran. Linesmen: Wayne Bonney, Jay Sharrers.

A: 14,141 (18,118).

Kings/Blues Skate to a 2-2 Tie in Their Second Match Up This Season
ST. LOUIS (AP) - Luc Robitaille made his 1,000th career game a truly special occasion. Robitaille scored his team-leading 16th goal and tied Frank Mahovlich for 20th place on the career goal list as the Los Angeles Kings tied the St. Louis Blues 2-2 Tuesday night.

"It's a milestone for sure, and I didn't know if I'd get to the league," said Robitaille, a ninth-round pick in the 1984 Entry Draft by the Kings. "It's a pretty big thing, but I've got to keep going."

His teammates weren't aware of the occasion until they read the game notes.

"In this game, you get what you deserve, and tonight he deserved the goal," coach Andy Murray said. "I wish he could have gotten another one."

The Kings ended the 15-game scoring streak of Pierre Turgeon, whose run is tied for the longest of the season with Pittsburgh's Jaromir Jagr. Turgeon had seven goals and 17 assists during the stretch.

"Always, you're a little bit disappointed," Turgeon said. "When it goes on, you just ride it as long as you can and there it is."

St. Louis' Mike Eastwood forced overtime with his 13th goal, and first since his first career hat trick Dec. 21. Eastwood converted a setup from behind the net by defenseman Jeff Finley, who was pressing the attack with 4:54 to go.

The Blues remained unbeaten in overtime at 4-0-6, but were outshot 2-1 in the extra period. The Kings are 0-2-7 in overtime.

Robitaille's 533rd career goal gave the Kings a 2-1 lead at 51 seconds of the third. His setup for Glen Murray on a 2-on-1 break deflected off the skate of Finley and back to Robitaille, who then beat Jamie McLennan. Scott Pellerin also scored for St. Louis, while newly-acquired Bob Corkum scored in his second game with the Kings.

Both teams were playing for the second straight night. The Kings rebounded from a 4-1 loss at Dallas, becoming only the fourth team to outshoot the Blues all season. The Blues beat the Rangers 5-1 at New York on Monday.

The Blues played the last two periods without defenseman Chris Pronger, who sustained a bruised right foot when struck by a Rob Blake slap shot. Pronger headed straight for the locker room after being injured in the final minute, but X-rays showed no break.

Game Recap - 01/04/00

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St. Louis10102

FIRST PERIOD - SCORING: 1, St. Louis, Pellerin 2 (Reirden, Young), 4:13. PENALTIES: Smolinski, LA (ob.-hooking), 8:06; Bergevin, StL (ob.-tripping), 17:17.

SECOND PERIOD - SCORING: 2, Los Angeles, Corkum 1 (Modry), 5:05. PENALTIES: Robitaille, LA (hooking), 9:59.

THIRD PERIOD - SCORING: 3, Los Angeles, Robitaille 16 (Blake), :51. 2, St. Louis, Eastwood 13 (Finley, Nash), 15:06. PENALTIES: Tuomainen, LA (goalie interference), 4:54; Bergevin, StL (ob.-holding stick), 12:06.


Shots on Goal

Los Angeles11104227
St. Louis9116127

POWER PLAY: Los Angeles 0 of 2; St. Louis 0 of 3. 

GOALIES: Los Angeles, Fiset 8-9-4 (27 shots-25 saves). St. Louis, McLennon 5-2-1 (27-25).

Referees: Richard Trottier, Don Van Massenhoven. Linesmen: Mike Cvic, Andy McElman.

A: 16,302 (19,260).

Kings Start Off the New Year With a Loss in Dallas
DALLAS (AP) - With Ed Belfour in goal for the entire game, the Dallas Stars once again showed their dominance over the Los Angeles Kings. Belfour made 26 saves and the Stars stretched their unbeaten streak against the Kings to 20 games with a 4-1 victory on Monday night.

Stars coach Ken Hitchcock made a goalie change on New Year's Eve after Belfour gave up two early goals to the Anaheim Mighty Ducks. The Stars rallied for a 5-4 victory with backup Manny Fernandez, and Belfour was unhappy with the decision. That's what made Monday night's result so satisfying.

"No goalie is ever happy when he gets pulled, justified or not," said Belfour, whose record improved to 15-12-4. "You want to come back the next game, play better and shake it off."

Mike Keane had a short-handed goal and Mike Modano scored during a third-period power play for the Stars. Rookie Brenden Morrow added a first-period goal for the Stars, playing their 500th regular-season game since moving from Minnesota in 1993. Keane, like a lot of his teammates, was puzzled over Belfour's removal.

"I didn't think he was playing bad when he got taken out," Keane said. "He played very well tonight."

The Stars are 14-0-6 against the Kings since losing to Los Angeles on April 6, 1995.

"I like playing them," Modano said. "Their style is different than what we see a lot, it's more wide-open. It's a relief from the clutch-and-grab you see from a lot of teams."

Los Angeles coach Andy Murray pointed out that few current players were on the team for most of the 20-game series. The Kings have lost both meetings with the Stars this season.

"Most of us haven't been here for it," Murray said. "The only thing that wears on us are the two games this season. You don't win many games when you score one goal."

Sergei Zubov scored an empty-net goal with 41.6 seconds left and had two assists for the Stars.

Trailing 2-0, the Kings finally beat Belfour at 1:58 of the third on Vladimir Tsyplakov's 30-foot wrist shot. But Modano's 15th goal 2:38 later restored the two-goal lead for Dallas, which is 15-0-0 when it scores at least three times. Morrow notched his fourth goal on a deflection at 5:41 of the first.

Keane made it 2-0, with his fifth goal, 1:06 later while teammate Kevin Dean was in the penalty box.

Game Recap - 01/03/00

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FIRST PERIOD - SCORING: 1, Dallas, Morrow 4 (Muller, Pushor), 5:41. 2, Dallas, Keane 5 (Zubov, Matvichuk), 6:47 (sh). PENALTIES: Keane, Dal (unsportsmanlike conduct), 5:41; Muller, Dal (high-sticking), 8:06; Robitaille, LA (slashing), 9:23; Smolinski, LA (boarding), 11:55.

SECOND PERIOD - SCORING: None. PENALTIES: Morrow, Dal (ob.-holding stick), 2:03; McKenna LA (ob.-holding), 10:01; O'Donnell, LA (tripping), 12:08; Pushor, Dal (ob.-tripping), 15:06.

THIRD PERIOD - SCORING: 3, Los Angeles, Tsyplakov 6 (Palffy, Fiset), 1:58. 4, Dallas, Modano 15 (Matvichuk, Zubov), 4:36 (pp). 5, Dallas, Zubov 6 (Modano), 19:18 (en). PENALTIES: Tuomainen, LA, double minor (high-sticking), 2:17; Sloan, Dal (cross-checking), 14:25; Robitaille, LA, double minor (roughing, slashing), 14:25; Matvichuk, Dal (slashing), 17:26.

Shots on Goal

Los Angeles6111027

POWER PLAY: Los Angeles 0 of 5; Dallas 1 of 7. 

GOALIES: Los Angeles, Fiset 8-9-3 (13 shots-10 saves). Dallas, Belfour 15-12-4 (27-26).

Referees: Mark Faucette, Scott Zelkin. Linesmen: Don Henderson, Randy Mitton.

A: 17,001 (17,001).

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