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by Staff Writer / Los Angeles Kings
News, notes and anecdotes from the Kings vs. Dallas Stars on Nov. 10

This column is read from top to bottom.


Anze Kopitar scores 2:34 into overtime and the Kings win, 6-5!


Michal Hanzus picks up a boarding penalty and Mike Modano scores to tie the game at five with 1:05 remaining. Handzus is one of the Kings better penalty killers, him in the sin bin hurts the team in many ways.

The Kings have just scored again to take a 5-4 lead. The play is under review. Ladislav Nagy with the goal, from Brad Stuart. Frolov with the second assist.  Goal is official. This is a new record for the fastest five goals, the previous record was 5:37 on Nov. 2, 1985.

Kings on the power play, Jere Lehtinen, two minutes for interference.

In case you are wondering, this is not a Kings record for fastest four goals. On Nov. 23, 1977, the Kings scored four goals in 2:21.

15:59 - KINGS TIE IT. Anze Kopitar scores on an open net after Dustin Brown draws Marty Turco to his left. Lubomir Visnovsky earned the second assist on the play.

15:35, Kings Score again and it is 4-3. Alexander Frolov with a deflection to beat Turco on the stick side. The goal was reviewed, however, as it appeared to possibly be deflected off the skate of the Frolov. Derek Armstrong and Jack Johnson earn assists. GOAL IS OFFICIAL.

14:01, Kings score again, cut the lead to 4-2. The Kings grinding line were strong on the foreceheck along the boards deep in Stars' territory. John Zeiler controlled the puck in the scrum and passed it to Michal Handzus, who dropped the puck back to Scott Thornton, who wristed a shot past Turco bring the deficit to two goals.

12:46 - KINGS ON THE SCORBOARD. On the power play, Dustin Brown hammered in the rebound of a Lubomir Visnovsky shot and it is 4-1 Dallas. Brown now has seven goals on the season and three over his last three.

Phillipe Boucher, two minutes hooking at 10:58.

Attendance tonight, second straight sell out for the Kings.

At 49 seconds, Scott Thornton picked up a roughing penalty and the Stars are back on the power play. There was also a scoring change on the third Dallas Stars goal, with Jeff Halpern getting credit with the second assist.

The Kings start the third period with J-S Aubin in net.


17:48, Stars go up 4-0 with Jeff Halpern scoring his second goal of the season. Sergei Zubov earned the assist on the play, faking a shot on LaBarbera and then dropping a neat pass to Halpern for the goal.

10:57, two minutes for hooking to Mike Modano...Kings on the power play.

At 10:17, the Stars extended the lead to 3-0 with Chris Conner putting in a rebound of a Robidas shot. Mike Madano got the second assist on the play and it was a well earned point as Dustin Brown unloaded on him before he delievered the pass to Robidas. Brown leads the Kings with 54 hits (entering tonight's game), which ranks fourth in the NHL.

Five minutes into the second stanza, we are still 2-0 Dallas and the Stars lead in shots 16-8.

Dallas scores again on basically a broken play in which Mike Ribeiro beat LaBarbera for a 2-0 lead. Stephane Robidas with the assist at 18:48.

Dallas GOAL. Brenden Morrow scored on at 16:27 with a slap shot from the slot to put Dallas on the board. Jere Lehtinen earned the first assist and nearly scored himself, but LaBarbera stoned him twice, before Lehtinen collected the puck behind the net and hit Morrow in the slot for the goal. Mike Modano earned the second assist on the play.

John Zeiler, two minutes for tripping at 16:01. The Kings have killed off 22-of-24 power plays over the last seven games.

Monarchs lost 5-3 today to the Lowell Devils. Teddy Purcell scored, Marc-Andre Cliche scored his first professional goal and Gabe Gauthier also scored for Monarchs.

Shots are 8-5 Stars, they were tied until 12:49, when Anntti Miettinen put three shots, two of them point blank on LaBarbera, who rose to the occassion and we are still scoreless.

Kings have put a lot of pressure on Marty Turco during this power play. Ladislav Nagy had a great back-handed pass to Derek Armstrong, who could not convert on the back hand and the penalty is over.

Kings will be on the power play when we get back from the television break, it looked like Anze Kopitar drew a hooking penalty at 6:52 on defenseman Stephane Robidas. The Kings are 15-for-75 (20 percent) on the power play, clicking at a 22.6 percent rate (12-for-53) at home.

Tonight is Fire Awareness Night, and a $75,000 donation was made to the Southern California Fire Relief Efforts benefiting the Salvation Army and the California State Firefighters Association at one of the breaks in the action. Accepting the donations were Colonel Paul Bollwahn, Southern California Divisional Commander of The Salvation Army and Mike Diaz, Director of California State Firefighters Association.

This is the Kings first game since last Saturday, an unusual quirk in the schedule that allowed a six-day layoff.  But we are live now. The Kings will not have more than two days off in a row again until Dec. 23.

Starters for the Kings: Rob Blake and Lubmoir Visnovsky on defense, Brian Willsie, Patrick O'Sullivan and Matt Moulson are the forwards. Jason LaBarbera in net. Tom Preissing is a scratch tonight.

Starters for Dallas: Trevor Daley and Phillipe Boucher on defense, Brenden Morrow, Jere Lehtinen and Mike Ribiero are the forwards and Marty Turco in net. Mattias Norstrom is a scratch as is Todd Fedoruk.

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