Stars light up Kings

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LOS ANGELES --- Loui Eriksson scored twice less than 31/2 minutes apart during a four-goal second period and the Dallas Stars connected three times on power plays in a 7-2 rout of the Los Angeles Kings on Saturday.

Dallas' Mattias Norstrom (left) fights Los Angeles' Alexander Frolov for the puck along the boards during the second period.  Associated Press
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Dallas' Mattias Norstrom (left) fights Los Angeles' Alexander Frolov for the puck along the boards during the second period.

Eriksson, Stephane Robidas and Brenden Morrow all scored with the man advantage for the Stars, who earned a split of the eight-game season series after winning all eight meetings with the Kings last season. Stu Barnes, Jere Lehtinen and Niklas Hagman also had goals, Mike Ribeiro had three assists and defenseman Robidas had two.

Kevin Dallman and Michael Cammalleri scored for the Kings, who were outshot 35-14. Dallman scored on the Kings' first shot of the game against Marty Turco at 6:09 of the opening period.

Dallas outshot Los Angeles 16-3 during the second period, grabbing a 2-1 lead just 16 seconds after the first intermission. Barnes chipped the puck past defenseman Tom Preissing at the Kings' blue line and made an attempted centering pass for Steve Ott that caromed off defenseman Kevin Dallman's skate and into the net.

Morrow added his 31st goal about 6 minutes later, extending his goal-scoring streak to four games while Raitis Ivanans was serving an interference penalty. Erik Ersberg stopped Robidas' one-timer from the slot, but the rebound ended up in the crease behind the goalie and Morrow buried it before defenseman Rob Blake could clear the puck.

Eriksson made it 4-1 midway through the second, converting Brad Richards' pass from behind the net while Scott Thornton was serving a double-minor for high-sticking. Eriksson got his second of the game and 14th of the season at 13:53 of the period, taking the puck away from Preissing after a faceoff deep in the Kings' zone and beating Ersberg to the stick side.

BRUINS 4, SENATORS 0

In Boston, Tim Thomas stopped 34 shots for his third shutout of the season, and David Krejci had a goal and two assists to help Boston beat Ottawa and move into seventh place in the Eastern Conference.

The Bruins have 90 points -- two behind the Senators, one behind the sixth-place New York Rangers and one point more than eighth-place Philadelphia. The Washington Capitals were in ninth, three points behind the Flyers. Both teams played later Saturday night.

Martin Gerber stopped 27 shots for the Senators, who have won once in their last five games.

Krejci assisted on the Bruins second and third goals, then added one of his own with 55 seconds left in the game when he got the puck in front of the net and put it past Gerber. Krejci has two goals and five assists in his last three games.

P.J. Axelsson and Marco Sturm scored 3 1/2 minutes apart in the second period, and Shane Hnidy made it 3-0 on a short-handed slap shot 73 seconds into the third.


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