After a big offensive outburst, now they've got some momentum to take into the final four games of the regular season.
Loui Eriksson scored twice less than 3½ minutes apart during a four-goal second period, defenseman Stephane Robidas had a goal and two assists, and the Stars connected three times on power plays to rout the Kings 7-2 on Saturday.
The victory was only the Stars' second in 10 games, a stretch that included a 4-2 loss to the Kings at Dallas.
"This is something to build on, and we need more of the same. We're in a lockdown mode," goaltender Marty Turco said. "The beauty of the whole game was not the score, but how the game went down -- just the relentlessness of every period and every facet of the game. It's great to see. But that's what we expect, really. Today was a great example of what we need to do every shift from now on."
Eriksson, Robidas and Brenden Morrow all scored with the man advantage. Stu Barnes, Jere Lehtinen and Niklas Hagman also had goals and Mike Ribeiro had three assists for the Stars, who earned a split of the eight-game season series after winning all eight meetings with the Kings last season.
"It was a heck of a series and it was hard-fought all year long," Barnes said. "They've got some very dangerous players on that team. But obviously, we needed the win to stay in the playoff race and get our game in shape."
"Our team hit a wall today," coach Marc Crawford said. "You're playing against a team that is desperate, and that's what happens when those two paths cross. You never want to play like that in front of your fans, but we ran out of gas. We squeezed a lot out of our team, playing three games in 3½ days."
The Kings (31-41-7) began the day tied with Tampa Bay for the fewest points in the league standings. The only time they finished a season with the league's worst record was in 1969-70. Dallas coach Dave Tippett, who was an assistant coach with Los Angeles, has empathy for the organization that prepared him for his first head coaching job in the NHL.
"That organization treated me very well, so hopefully they can get it turned around and get it going in the right direction," Tippett said. "The year we went to the playoffs, this was a very enjoyable place to be. I don't know what's transpired in-between, but obviously they're in a rebuilding mode right now."
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 attempted a centering pass for Steve Ott that caromed off Dallman's skate and into the net.
Morrow added his 31st goal about six minutes later, extending his goal-scoring streak to four games while Raitis Ivanans was serving an interference penalty.
"The reality of it is that they don't have much to play for," Turco said. "I mean, they're a talented team so you've got to be super-cautious against them. But when guys are playing that hard and that intense and that focused like we did, it's pretty hard for the other team to generate much."
Eriksson made it 4-1 midway through the second 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.
"We need every point we can get, so we had to play it like a playoff game," Eriksson said.
Ersberg, who beat Phoenix 4-0 on Thursday night for his second NHL shutout, didn't have to stop a shot the during the first 8 1/2 minutes against Dallas. But the Stars tied it at 13:29 of the opening period on Robidas' first goal in 31 career games against the Kings.
|Brenden Morrow finds the back of the net on a power play for the high-scoring Stars. (Getty Images)|
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|06:09||Kevin Dallman (3), Tip-In. Assist: Dustin Brown, Jeff Giuliano|
|13:29||Power Play - Stephane Robidas (8), Slap Shot. Assist: Mike Ribeiro, Jere Lehtinen|
|16.0||Stu Barnes (11), Wrist Shot. Assist: Mike Modano, Mattias Norstrom|
|06:15||Power Play - Brenden Morrow (31), Wrist Shot. Assist: Stephane Robidas, Mike Ribeiro|
|10:24||Power Play - Loui Eriksson (13), Wrist Shot. Assist: Brad Richards, Trevor Daley|
|13:53||Loui Eriksson (14), Wrist Shot. Assist: Brad Richards|
|04:26||Jere Lehtinen (15), Snap Shot. Assist: Mike Ribeiro, Stephane Robidas|
|15:22||Niklas Hagman (26), Wrist Shot. Assist: B.J. Crombeen, Mattias Norstrom|
|17:02||Michael Cammalleri (19), Wrist Shot, Unassisted.|
|08:01||Morrow, 2 min, Slashing|
|12:41||Armstrong, 2 min, Hooking|
|16:29||Thornton, 2 min, Bench - Too Many Men on the Ice|
|17:24||Morrow, 2 min, Interference|
|02:21||Richards, 2 min, Bench - Too Many Men on the Ice|
|04:33||Ivanans, 2 min, Interference|
|08:18||Thornton, 4 min, High-Sticking|
|11:57||O'Sullivan, 2 min, Elbowing|
|11:57||O'Sullivan, 2 min, Unsportsmanlike Conduct|
|13:11||Modano, 2 min, Holding|
|14:45||Niskanen, 2 min, Holding|
|08:32||Crombeen, 2 min, Tripping|
|Shots On Goal|
|Power Play Conversions|
|Attendance - 17849|
|Referees - Dennis LaRue, Justin St. Pierre|
|Linesmen - Lonnie Cameron, Shane Heyer|