Morrison helps Stars snap losing skid

BY foxsports • April 1, 2009

Brendan Morrison scored two power-play goals, Marty Turco stopped 26 shots, and the Dallas Stars snapped a seven-game losing streak by beating the Los Angeles Kings 3-2 on Tuesday night.

The Stars are 12th in the Western Conference, and are a long shot to make the playoffs. They are six points below the postseason cutoff.

Jack Johnson and Anze Kopitar scored for the Kings, who are far out of the playoff picture.

Dallas' skid was three games short of the franchise record. The Stars haven't lost eight in a row since Nov. 11-29, 1978, when the franchise was in Minnesota.

Mike Ribeiro also scored for Dallas, which has qualified for the playoffs in five straight seasons.

Turco returned to the net after sitting out Monday's overtime loss to Phoenix and held off the Kings, who have lost 14 of 20 and went 0-for-2 on the power play.

Morrison helped Dallas regain the lead at 1:55 of the second period with his first goal. With Kyle Calder off for holding, Morrison scored on a one-timer to give the Stars the 2-1 lead.

He struck again at 14:41 when Matt Niskanen found him just above the left faceoff dot. Morrison's shot went in off the post, and goalie Jonathan Quick barely moved before realizing that the puck was past him.

Johnson scored with a wrist shot toward the end of the first, making it 1-1. Brad Richardson won a faceoff back to Johnson, who beat Turco to the upper right corner of the net with 2:02 left.

Ribeiro had given Dallas a 1-0 lead with his 21st goal of the season three minutes earlier.

The Kings, 26th in the league in scoring, were without Alexander Frolov (lower body), who missed his fourth straight game, and Jarret Stoll and Kyle Quincey who are out for the season.


The Kings honored Sean O'Donnell before the game for playing in his 1,000th NHL game on March 14. ... Evan Lysacek, this year's World Figure Skating champion, was in attendance. ... Ribeiro has a three-game point streak. ... Los Angeles D Denis Gauthier returned to the lineup after missing five games (upper body). ... Dallas' franchise-worst losing streak was a 10-game skid in 1976.

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