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Los Angeles at Dallas

Stars overcome four-goal deficit to beat Kings

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports

DALLAS -- Local hockey fans thought they had it bad waiting 17½ months to see the Dallas Stars play a game that counted. It became worse just 4:18 into the NHL's return when their team was already down by three goals.

Then it was four goals before the first period even ended.

But on a night meant to be all about the fans, the Stars sent their sellout crowd home happy. Philippe Boucher capped the club's biggest rally since 1997 by banking in a goal off a Los Angeles player with 4:46 left, giving Dallas a 5-4 victory over the Kings on Wednesday night.

"From an entertainment factor, we held up our end tonight," Stars coach Dave Tippett said.

With a crowd of 18,532 eagerly greeting the first home game that counted since April 14, 2004, the Kings seemed like party crashers by beating Dallas goaltender Marty Turco with their first, third and fifth shots. Newly acquired Jeremy Roenick scored twice in Los Angeles' early barrage, then Dustin Brown stretched the lead by scoring with 8.1 seconds left in the period.

Tippett said the coaches discussed during the first intermission whether to pull Turco, whose 1.91 goals-against-average is the best in league history for anyone playing at least 100 games.

"Instead we challenged him and decided to see what would happen and we challenged the rest of the players to bail him out," Tippett said.

The Stars responded quickly. Jason Arnott scored on a power play early in the second period, then Sergei Zubov followed with two more quick goals against Mathieu Garon. The second came with a man advantage, too, which was key because Dallas went 0-for-5 on the power play in the first period.

Los Angeles faced 10 power plays in the first two periods and four more in the third. Although the Stars didn't get another goal on them, the accumulation took a toll on the Kings.

"We spend the whole night killing penalties, it's going to catch you," Roenick said. "It wears guys out."

Arnott had three assists, while Zubov and Bill Guerin each had one. Guerin scored the tying goal midway through the third period when he redirected a long swat by Stephane Robidas.

On the winning goal, Boucher crept up along the right side and knocked the puck to the front of the crease, where Arnott was camped out. It never got to him, though, because it hit the player defending him and rolled past Garon.

"We gave them the game," Garon said. "We were up four, but in the second period we took a couple penalties, the momentum changed and they were on their game."

The fans were, too.

The Stars tied together the return of the NHL from its lockout, the 12th anniversary of their home debut and the league's new fan-friendly approach by having a fan who was celebrating her 12th birthday drop the ceremonial opening puck.

After punctuating the National Anthem with their usual emphasis on the word "stars," the crowd turned silent when Los Angeles started scoring then turned surly when the goals continued. They booed the team on the way to the locker room for the first intermission, which Boucher took as a good sign.

"That meant they were into it," he said.

But they remained in their seats and were loud when the comeback was rolling. The first hearty chant of "Let's Go Stars!" barely preceded the tying goal. They went bonkers after the go-ahead goal.

"I'm so glad we came back," Boucher said. "They didn't deserve the effort we gave them in the first."

Even Roenick called the crowd "impressive."

"It was a great way to open up after a long layoff, a great way to come back," he said.

He added his own personal welcome back by taking five stitches above his left eye.

"It feels good," he said. "I feel like a hockey player again."

Turco finished with 25 saves and Garon 16.

Sean Avery scored the Kings' other goal.


  • Dallas improved to 6-0-3 in its last nine openers.
  • Los Angeles lost for only the second time in 11 openers.
  • The first fight of the season for both teams came about five minutes into the second period, when Los Angeles' George Parros tangled with Dallas' John Erskine. Erskine landed two punches and threw down Parros before both headed to the penalty box.
  • The Stars open with three consecutive home games.
  • This was one of only three October road games for the Kings.
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Philippe Boucher wraps up the Stars comeback with the go-ahead goal at the 15:14 mark of the third.  (AP)
Philippe Boucher wraps up the Stars comeback with the go-ahead goal at the 15:14 mark of the third. (AP)
Los Angeles (0-1-0)4004
Dallas  (1-0-0) «0325
Three Stars
S. Zubov

Goals: 2
Assist(s): 1
J. Arnott

Goals: 1
Assist(s): 3
J. Roenick

Goals: 2
Assist(s): 0

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Scoring Summary
01:02Jeremy Roenick, Slap Shot - Assist: Lubomir Visnovsky
01:34Sean Avery, Tip-In - Assists: Tom Kostopoulos and Eric Belanger
04:18Power Play - Jeremy Roenick, Wrist Shot - Assists: Lubomir Visnovsky and Luc Robitaille
19:51Dustin Brown, Snap Shot - Assist: Pavol Demitra
03:03Power Play - Jason Arnott, Slap Shot - Assists: Sergei Zubov and Bill Guerin
04:17Sergei Zubov, Slap Shot - Assists: Niko Kapanen and Stu Barnes
06:48Power Play - Sergei Zubov, Slap Shot - Assists: Mike Modano and Jason Arnott
10:13Bill Guerin, Wrist Shot - Assists: Stephane Robidas and Jason Arnott
15:14Philippe Boucher, Snap Shot - Assist: Jason Arnott
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07:20Brown: Too Many Men on the Ice(bench) - 2 min.
01:52Dempsey: Holding - 2 min.
02:31Zubov: Hooking - 2 min.
06:22Guerin: Slashing - 2 min.
08:43Conroy: Hooking - 2 min.
14:19Guerin: Tripping - 2 min.
14:56Demitra: Holding - 2 min.
16:21Belanger: Interference - 2 min.
16:21Arnott: Charging - 2 min.
17:13Avery: Interference - 2 min.
02:28Dempsey: Interference - 2 min.
05:34Parros: Fighting - 5 min.
06:31Kostopoulos: Hooking - 2 min.
07:32Cammalleri: Hooking - 2 min.
10:50Corvo: Holding - 2 min.
05:34Erskine: Fighting - 5 min.
17:34Belanger: Hooking - 2 min.
01:34Boucher: Holding - 2 min.
05:19Roenick: Roughing - 2 min.
05:19Arnott: Roughing - 2 min.
08:07Brown: Slashing - 2 min.
15:38Brown: Interference - 2 min.
20:00Brown: Charging - 2 min.
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