Antti Miettinen and Brenden Morrow also scored for Dallas. Marty Turco made 32 saves, helping the defending Pacific Division champions improve to 3-0 – all with the two-time all-star in net. The only thing that stood between Turco and his 25th career shutout was Raitis Ivanans’ first NHL goal with 17:09 to play.
Turco set a franchise record last season with a career-high 41 victories. He was rewarded in January with a four-year, US$22.8 million contract extension, which prevented him from becoming an unrestricted free agent at the end of this season and locked him up through the 2009-10 season. Three seasons ago, Turco set a modern NHL record with a 1.72 goals-against average.
Miettinen opened the scoring 19 seconds after the opening faceoff with a one-timer from short range after Niklas Hagman set him up from behind the net. Modano made it 2-0 at 14:22 of the first period, converting a rebound after Dan Cloutier made a leg save on a 35-foot slap shot by Lindros in the slot.
Morrow gave Dallas a three-goal lead at 1:55 of the second period, backhanding the puck off Cloutier from a sharp angle to the right of the net. Cloutier didn’t face the Stars last season while with Vancouver. He was limited to just 13 games because of a knee injury that knocked him out for the final 61 games.
Turco stopped the first 27 shots he faced before the Kings got on the board less than 3 minutes into the third period. Tom Kostopoulos dumped the puck into the left corner and took a strange carom into the left circle instead of going around the boards. Ivanans outhustled former Kings defenceman Philippe Boucher to the puck and sent a wrist shot over Turco’s glove as he slid out to cut down the angle.
The Stars were 0-for-13 on the power play this season before Jokinen connected with 20 seconds left on a hooking penalty against Kostopoulos. Lindros set him up with a backhanded pass in front of the crease.
Notes: The Kings were 6-2 against Dallas last season, the only team in the division with a winning record against the Stars. Four of the victories decided by one goal. … Modano has 34 goals and 74 points in 68 career games against Los Angeles. … The Kings were 0-for-8 on the power play. … This was the first of three games the Stars will play in Southern California in a span of four nights. They are back at Staples Center on Saturday and play at Anaheim on Sunday.