|DAL||2||2||0||(0 - 0)||4|
|LAK||0||0||1||(0 - 0)||1|
LOS ANGELES (AP) -The Dallas Stars felt right at home in their sweep of back-to-back road games against the Los Angeles Kings.
Brenden Morrow scored twice on power plays and Stephane Robidas had three assists Saturday night, leading the Stars to their second straight 4-1 victory.
The defending Pacific Division champions were 2-6 against the Kings last season - but finished with 23 more points than Los Angeles in the Western Conference standings as the Kings failed to make the playoffs.
"We haven't had the most success in the world as a franchise here, but it's obviously a great place to play," goaltender Marty Turco said. "Hard work has been the key to our success so far. Everyone's been willing to pay the price, and it just goes to show with those two wins here."
The Stars' 4-0 start is the second-best in the franchise's 40-year history. They won their first six games in 1996-97, when they began a string of five consecutive division titles.
"We knew our depth would be an advantage for us and it really seemed to show out there," Turco said. "We're all enjoying this challenge together, and so far it has been fun. We're happy with the way we've played, but the best thing about this group is that we're never going to be content until it's all said and done at the end of the year."
Mike Ribeiro had a goal and two assists for the Stars, who also got a goal from Jere Lehtinen. Turco, who has backstopped all four victories, made 24 saves. The two-time All-Star's bid for his 25th career shutout was spoiled when Michael Cammalleri scored on a power play with 2:43 to play.
Los Angeles was 1-for-16 on the power play in the back-to-back games against Dallas.
"That's a big credit to our defensemen. They're getting in a lot of lanes and blocking shots and clearing the pucks that do get through to Marty," center Steve Ott said. "But our best penalty killer is Marty Turco. When that guy stands on his head night in and night out, you're going to be 4-0."
Mike Modano and Robidas both hit goalposts less than 2 minutes apart in the first period before Dallas took a 2-0 lead on power-play goals by Ribeiro and Morrow against Mathieu Garon in a 78-second span - both of which came on deflections of slap slots by Robidas.
"He's been shooting the puck and getting it past guys, and that's a little easier said than done," Turco said. "But Stephane's always been a warrior and a heart-and-soul guy for us. We're happy for him that he is getting points, but we know what he means to us nightly. And that's the most important thing."
Jeff Cowan was off for goaltender interference when Robidas' one-timer from the top of the left circle banked in off Ribeiro at 13:44. Alexander Frolov was serving a hooking penalty when Robidas' one-timer from the high slot changed direction off Morrow's stick while his back was to the net.
"They gave us that shot from the point all night, so we just kept using it," Ribeiro said. "Our intention was to just keep it simple, bring the puck high and crash the net after that. Brenden did a great job on the tip-in."
Lehtinen, a three-time winner of the Frank Selke Trophy as the NHL's top defensive forward, scored his first goal of the season at 12:18 of the second period for a 3-0 lead. Last season he led Dallas with a career-high 33 goals.
"Against a team like that, we've got to be more disciplined," Kings center Craig Conroy said. "The first power-play goal was a little lucky, and then they just kind of took over from there."
Just 56 seconds after Lehtinen's goal, Morrow converted a rebound at the edge of the crease while Kevin Dallman was in the box for hooking. The goal was Morrow's fourth in three games.
"Our depth is incredible. We're probably one of the deepest teams in the league," Ott said. "We roll four lines nightly, and every guy can score, can hit and can fight. We've got a good competitive lineup that pushes each of the other lines."
Notes: Last year, the Kings' marketing slogan was "Kings Rule!" This year it's "Play Hard!" After they got behind 4-0, the crowd of 17,052 began a derisive chant of: "Let's play har-der! Let's play har-der!" ... Garon made 24 saves in his second start. Last season he had 31 wins, tying Felix Potvin (2001-02) for the third highest total in franchise history behind Mario Lessard's 35 in 1980-81 and Rogie Vachon's 33 in 1976-77.
|PPG - Mike Ribeiro (1) Tip-in - ASST: Stephane Robidas (2), Trevor Daley (1)|
1 - 0 DAL
|PPG - Brenden Morrow (3) Tip-in - ASST: Stephane Robidas (3), Mike Ribeiro (2)|
2 - 0 DAL
|Jere Lehtinen (1) Wrist shot - ASST: Jussi Jokinen (1), Darryl Sydor (2)|
3 - 0 DAL
|PPG - Brenden Morrow (4) Wrist shot - ASST: Stephane Robidas (4), Mike Ribeiro (3)|
4 - 0 DAL
|PPG - Mike Cammalleri (3) Snap shot - ASST: Lubomir Visnovsky (1), Scott Thornton (1)|
4 - 1 DAL
|Eric Lindros Hooking against Scott Thornton|
|Mattias Norstrom Delaying Game-Puck over glass|
|Sean Avery Hooking against Mike Modano|
|Jeff Cowan Interference on goalkeeper against Marty Turco|
|Alex Frolov Hooking against Darryl Sydor|
|Stu Barnes Hooking against Derek Armstrong|
|Matthew Barnaby Roughing against Dustin Brown|
|Kevin Dallman Hooking against Stu Barnes|
|Sean Avery Misconduct (10 min)|
|Sean Avery Hi-sticking against Matthew Barnaby|
|Derek Armstrong Fighting (maj) against Stephane Robidas|
|Derek Armstrong Roughing against Stephane Robidas|
|Stephane Robidas Fighting (maj) against Derek Armstrong|
|Matthew Barnaby Misconduct (10 min)|
|Matthew Barnaby Roughing against Sean Avery|
|Matthew Barnaby Roughing against Sean Avery|
|Rob Blake Hi-sticking against Antti Miettinen|
|Eric Lindros Hooking against Rob Blake|
|Steve Ott Roughing against Brent Sopel|
|Niklas Hagman Tripping against Alex Frolov|
|Stephane Robidas Interference against Derek Armstrong|
|Dustin Brown Diving against Philippe Boucher|
|Mike Weaver Interference on goalkeeper against Marty Turco|
|Brenden Morrow Unsportsmanlike conduct|
|SA: 25||TOI: 60:00|
|Saves: 24||EV: 17 - 17|
|PIM: 0||PP: 6 - 7|
|SV%: .960||SH: 1 - 1|
|SA: 28||TOI: 59:59|
|Saves: 24||EV: 16 - 17|
|PIM: 0||PP: 8 - 11|
|SV%: .857||SH: 0 - 0|