Los Angeles at Dallas

Hagman's two goals help Stars keep reign over Kings with ninth straight


DALLAS -- The Stars are counting on more offense from Niklas Hagman, a defensive specialist during his first five NHL seasons.

Four games into the season, he's giving his team everything they need and more.

Hagman matched his career high with two goals, one short-handed, Marty Turco stopped 32 shots and the Dallas Stars once again beat the Los Angeles Kings 5-1 on Wednesday night.

Hagman has four goals in his team's first four games.

Last season Hagman notched a career-best 17 goals, but the Stars want more, placing him on a scoring line centered by the team's top setup man, Mike Ribeiro.

"I have to concentrate on scoring a little more when I get a chance to play on a scoring line," Hagman said. "Every game now I'm going to get a couple of good chances. I've got to be ready to bury them."

Antti Miettinen, Ribeiro and Joel Lundqvist added goals for the Stars (2-2), who've won both home games by a combined score of 9-2.

Ribeiro thinks Hagman has the ability to be more of a force on offense.

"He's so fast he keeps the defense on its heels," Ribeiro said. "He has good hands. He has a lot of skills."

The Stars swept all eight games from the Kings last season, and Dallas continued that trend with the help of Hagman's fourth career two-goal game.

"We've got to change that," Kings coach Marc Crawford said of the recent disparity between the teams. "There's no magic formula. We have to execute better. We had three giveaways and they all ended up in the back of our net, which isn't characteristic of our club.

"Tonight the big story was Turco. We had way more great chances. He was the difference-maker for them."

Kyle Calder scored on a rebound at 9:03 of the third period for the Kings (1-3).

Hagman gave the Stars a 1-0 lead at 7:25 of the opening period while the Kings were on their second power play of the night. Hagman stole the puck from Kyle Calder at the right point, skated in alone and beat Jason LaBarbera through the pads on a backhander.

"I kind of read where Calder was going to try to pass and the puck hit me on the glove," Hagman said. "I was able to get on a breakaway and went through 25 different scenarios before I decided to go backhand."

Turco faced 11 shots in the first period, making a sharp glove save at 15:04 when he robbed Anze Kopitar on a rising attempt from low in the right circle that seemed ticketed for the upper right corner.

Hagman made it 2-0 at 4:18 of the second period, skating up the left side and converting Brenden Morrow's pass from behind the net for Hagman's fourth goal of the season.

Turco denied Alexander Frolov of the Kings on a short-handed breakaway at 8:20 of the second period, and Miettinen extended Dallas' advantage to 3-0 nearly five minutes later with his first goal of the season.

Ribeiro, activated off injured reserve earlier in the day, knocked a loose puck past LaBarbera from in front of the net on a power play at 16:05 of the second period to stretch the lead to 4-0. Lundqvist connected on a breakaway 16 seconds into the third period to pad Dallas' advantage to 5-0.


  • Hagman's last two-goal game was on Feb. 12, 2004, against Pittsburgh while a member of the Florida Panthers.
  • The Stars have outscored the Kings 14-2 in the first period of their last nine meetings.
  • Stars G Mike Smith was placed on IR because of a bruised arm, meaning he'll miss at least three games. Rookie Tobias Stephan will replace Smith as Turco's backup.
  • Kings C Patrick O'Sullivan was back in the lineup after taking a puck in the mouth during the first period of Saturday night's 5-3 home loss to St. Louis. O'Sullivan lost three teeth and had extensive dental work on Monday. He also had six stitches and sustained a broken bone below his nose.
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Niklas Hagman celebrates his two-goal game with teammates as the Stars beat the Kings ... again.  (AP)
Niklas Hagman celebrates his two-goal game with teammates as the Stars beat the Kings ... again. (AP)
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Three Stars
N. Hagman

Goals: 2
Assist(s): 0
M. Turco

Saves: 32
Save Pct.: .970
M. Ribeiro

Goals: 1
Assist(s): 1

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Scoring Summary
07:25Short - Niklas Hagman (3), Backhand Shot, Unassisted.
04:18Niklas Hagman (4), Snap Shot. Assist: Brenden Morrow, Mike Ribeiro
13:03Antti Miettinen (1), Snap Shot. Assist: Joel Lundqvist
16:05Power Play - Mike Ribeiro (1), Slap Shot. Assist: Jere Lehtinen, Sergei Zubov
16.0Joel Lundqvist (2), Wrist Shot. Assist: Jeff Halpern
09:03Kyle Calder (1), Wrist Shot. Assist: Raitis Ivanans, Jack Johnson
Penalty Summary
01:31Armstrong, 2 min, Hooking
04:05Norstrom, 2 min, Holding
05:43Daley, 2 min, Holding
14:37Miettinen, 2 min, Hooking
06:06Frolov, 2 min, Hooking
07:20Stuart, 2 min, Hooking
13:53Brown, 2 min, Holding
15:26Johnson, 2 min, Slashing
05:26Boucher, 2 min, Slashing
10:28Norstrom, 2 min, Holding
12:30Thornton, 2 min, Interference
Los Angeles1131933
Jason LaBarbera59:53225
Marty Turco59:58321
Game Information
Attendance - 16129
Referees - Gord Dwyer, Brad Watson
Linesmen - Vaughan Rody, Lyle Seitz
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Phi 8 Final
Van 2
Ott 3 Final
Atl 1
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Ana 2
Mon 3 Final
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