LOS ANGELES (AP) — Loui Eriksson scored twice less than 3½ minutes apart during a four-goal second period and the Dallas Stars connected three times on power plays in a 7-2 rout of the Los Angeles Kings on Saturday.
Eriksson, Stephane Robidas and Brenden Morrow all scored with the man advantage for the Stars, who earned a split of the eight-game season series after winning all eight meetings with the Kings last season. Stu Barnes, Jere Lehtinen and Niklas Hagman also had goals, Mike Ribeiro had three assists and defenseman Robidas had two.
Kevin Dallman and Michael Cammalleri scored for the Kings, who were outshot 35-14. Dallman scored on the Kings' first shot of the game against Marty Turco at 6:09 of the opening period.
Dallas outshot Los Angeles 16-3 during the second period, grabbing a 2-1 lead just 16 seconds after the first intermission. Barnes chipped the puck past defenseman Tom Preissing at the Kings' blue line and made an attempted centering pass for Steve Ott that caromed off defenseman Kevin Dallman's skate and into the net.
Morrow added his 31st goal about 6 minutes later, extending his goal-scoring streak to four games while Raitis Ivanans was serving an interference penalty. Erik Ersberg stopped Robidas' one-timer from the slot, but the rebound ended up in the crease behind the goalie and Morrow buried it before defenseman Rob Blake could clear the puck.
Eriksson made it 4-1 midway through the second, converting Brad Richards' pass from behind the net while Scott Thornton was serving a double-minor for high-sticking. Eriksson got his second of the game and 14th of the season at 13:53 of the period, taking the puck away from Preissing after a faceoff deep in the Kings' zone and beating Ersberg to the stick side.
Ersberg, who beat Phoenix 4-0 Thursday night for his second NHL shutout, didn't have to stop a shot the during the first 8½ minutes against Dallas. But the Stars tied it at 13:29 of the opening period as Robidas scored his first goal in 31 career games against the Kings while Derek Armstrong was off for hooking.
Kings center Patrick O'Sullivan redirected Armstrong's short wrist shot past Turco with his stick illegally above the crossbar with the Kings leading 1-0. The goal was immediately waved off by referee Dennis LaRue, whose call was upheld by video replay. O'Sullivan, who has 20 goals in his first full NHL season, played in all eight games against the Stars without scoring.
Notes:@ Daniel Taylor made his NHL debut, replacing Ersberg after two periods and becoming the 11th goalie the Kings have used since the start of last season. He surrendered Lehtinen's goal on Dallas' first shot against him. … Dallas D Mattias Norstrom, who spent parts of 11 seasons with the Kings and was their captain for the previous five, will play in his 900th NHL regular-season game on Sunday at Anaheim. … Richards had two assists, giving him 500 career points in the NHL. … The Stars scored three goals or fewer in each of their previous 10 games, following a 7-4 victory over Chicago on Feb. 28. … Cammalleri needs two more goals to give the Kings at least five players with 20 or more for the first time since 1993-94. Mike Modano needs one more goal to give Dallas at least five players with 20 or more for the first time since 2003-04.
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