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Kings edge out Stars in five-round shootout

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The Canadian Press
11/12/2008 2:07:35 AM
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LOS ANGELES - Alexander Frolov scored in the fifth round of a shootout, Jarret Stoll had a power-play goal in his 300th NHL game and the Los Angeles Kings beat the Dallas Stars 3-2 on Tuesday night.

Dustin Brown also scored and Kings backup Erik Ersberg made 17 saves in the opener of a home-and-home set that concludes Thursday night at Dallas.

Stars right-wing Jere Lehtinen scored in his season debut after missing the first 14 games because of a groin injury. Mike Modano had his 533rd career goal after going six games without a goal or an assist.

Brown, who led the NHL last season with 311 hits, administered the check of the game with about 12 minutes left in the second period. He lined up Stephane Robidas perfectly and sent him head-over-heels into the Kings' bench as the crowd of 13,823 roared its approval.

But the Kings captain went too far with a minute left in regulation. Brown received a five-minute boarding penalty and a game misconduct for checking Mike Ribeiro into the boards after the Dallas centre took a slapslot from the right point that left him off balance on the follow-through.

Ribeiro received a cut on his head and teammate Brenden Morrow initiated a fight with Brown that resulted in an instigator penalty and a game misconduct for Morrow. Ersberg stopped all three shots during the ensuing three-minute power play.

Ribeiro scored on the Stars' third shot of the tiebreaker to tie it at one apiece, but Frolov came straight in on Marty Turco and put it through the pads. Ersberg stopped Modano at the other end to give the Kings their third straight victory.

The Kings took a 2-1 lead at 16:46 of the first period after Krys Barch coughed up the puck to Brown in the Dallas zone. Anze Kopitar's slap shot from the slot knocked defenceman Sergei Zubov's stick out of his hands and the puck caromed to Brown, whose wrist shot from the left circle banked into the net off Turco's left leg pad while the goalie was still on his knees.

Dallas got the equalizer at 9:46 of the second on a sharp-angle shot from the right circle by Modano with Ersberg out of position. Modano has 37 goals and 84 points in 82 career games against the Kings.

Just 17 seconds after a bench minor was called against the Stars for having too many men on the ice in the first, Modano was sent off for tripping Brown. Stoll scored 10 seconds later on a one-timer from the right circle that deflected off Steve Ott and past Turco's glove. It was his first goal in 17 career games against Dallas.

The Stars tied it at 14:17 of the opening period. Ott fanned on Brad Richards' short pass from behind the net, but Lehtinen was trailing the play and one-timed it past Ersberg from the left circle. Lehtinen had his first full practice on Monday, and coach Dave Tippett decided he was healthy enough to play after watching him go through the morning skate.

Notes: Sean Avery, who spent parts of four seasons with the Kings and had 99 points in 218 games, played against them for the first time since signing with Dallas as a free agent in July. . The Stars were 12-2-2 against the Kings over the previous two seasons, including an eight-game sweep in 2006-07. . Dallas was 0-for-4 on the power play and is 2-for-24 over the last five games. . The Kings were 3-2-2 on their longest homestand of the season. . The only team Modano has more points against is the Phoenix/Winnipeg franchise (88)

Kings celebrate (Photo: Noah Graham/NHLI via Getty Images)

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(Photo: Noah Graham/NHLI via Getty Images)
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