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Kings rally with 5 goals in 3rd period in 6-5 win over Stars @NHLdotcom

LOS ANGELES - Anze Kopitar scored during Los Angeles' five-goal rally in the third period against Dallas goalie Marty Turco, then connected again 2:34 into overtime to give the Kings an improbable 6-5 victory over the Stars on Saturday night.

Playing their first game in seven days, the Kings seemed out of it after Jeff Halpern's goal put Dallas up 4-0 with 2:12 left in the second period. Turco stopped the first 27 shots he faced, then surrendered five goals on the next six shots. The Stars had won 34 consecutive games in which they had a lead of more than one goal.

Dustin Brown, Scott Thornton, Alexander Frolov, Kopitar and Ladislav Nagy scored during a span of five minutes, seven seconds. Nagy tied it with 4:01 left in regulation.

Mike Modano pulled Dallas even with a slap shot from the slot during a power play with 1:05 left in the third, after Turco was pulled for an extra attacker. But Kopitar ended it with a backhander between Turco's pads.

Turco was coming off Thursday night's 5-2 loss at Phoenix, his worst of the season until this one.

Brown triggered the comeback with a slap shot that trickled through Turco's pads after a flurry of shots in the Dallas end. The goal came during a power play with 7:14 remaining in the third, while former Kings defenceman Philippe Boucher was off for hooking.

Thornton scored on a wrist shot from the right circle 75 seconds later, forcing Dallas coach Dave Tippitt to call a timeout in an attempt to slow the Kings' momentum.

Frolov, with his back to the net, then redirected a long slap shot by Derek Armstrong with his right skate but had to wait for a video replay to determine that the goal was legal. Kopitar sliced the deficit to 5-4, and Nagy sent the sellout crowd into a frenzy when he converted Brad Stuart's cross-ice pass in front of the net.

The Kings have beaten Dallas twice in a row after losing nine straight to the Stars, including an eight-game sweep last season.

Notes: Jean-Sebastien Aubin played the entire third period and overtime for the Kings, stopping three of four shots after Jason LaBarbera allowed four goals on 21 shots. ... Dallas has outscored Los Angeles 17-2 in the first period during the last 11 meetings. ... Stars D Mattias Norstrom was back in Dallas, where he was examined for a facial fracture after being high-sticked by San Jose's Steve Bernier on Wednesday night. The former Kings captain has missed two of five meetings with Los Angeles since he was traded to Dallas on Feb. 27. A knee injury prevented Norstrom from suiting up the other time.

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