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NHL Game Summary - Dallas at Los Angeles



(Monday, December 23rd)

Final Score: Dallas 5, Los Angeles 2

Los Angeles, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - Jamie Benn had a goal and two assists, and the Dallas Stars denied Martin Jones from making history in a 5-2 victory over the Los Angeles Kings at Staples Center.

Jones was 8-0-0 with a 0.98 goals-against average coming into Monday's contest. The rookie tied Philadelphia's Bob Froese (1982-83) for the NHL mark for consecutive games won to start a career.

Jones let up a career-high four goals on 23 shots, as the Kings had their three-game winning streak broken and lost for just the second time in 11 contests this month.

Kari Lehtonen gave up two goals on 32 shots for the Stars, who won for the third time in four games. Tyler Seguin had a goal and an assist. Shawn Horcoff, Cody Eakin and Valeri Nichushkin also lit the lamp for the Stars, who head into the winter break with wins in three of their last four games.

"We played hard as a group. Our back end played really well," Benn said. "We don't have too much experience back there, but they handled themselves well against one of the best teams in the league, and once again, Kari was great."

Justin Williams and Jarret Stoll were the goal scorers for the Kings.

Nichushkin potted the go-ahead power-play goal 5:07 into the second period. With Stoll in the penalty box for interference, the Stars worked the puck to Seguin. He delivered a pass from above the left circle to the right one for a successful one-timer to the glove side.

Eakin made it 4-2 with 4:48 remaining in regulation. Ryan Garbutt intercepted the puck in the LA zone and sent it from behind the end line on the left side to the left circle for Eakin's blast past Lehtonen.

Horcoff scored into an empty net with 1:09 left.

The first two shots on Jones found the net. Williams and Seguin had goals separated by 80 seconds early in the first period. Benn gave the Stars a 2-1 edge 6:10 of the first on a backhander from the right circle.

"You can't spot them two goals early. It's pretty tough to win that way," Jones said.

Stoll tied the game on a blast from the right circle with 3:12 remaining in the first on a delayed penalty call.

Game Notes

The NHL record for consecutive winning decisions to begin a career is nine, set by Ray Emery, who won nine straight in a row with Ottawa from 2002-03 to 2005-06 in 12 total games ... This was just the second time in the last 23 games the Kings allowed a first period goal ... Stoll now has nine points in the last 11 games ... Dallas has earned at least one point in 20 of the last 25 contests in Los Angeles ... LA Right wing Dustin Brown sat out the game due to illness.

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Atlantic Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
p-Boston 54 19 9 117 261 177 31-7-3 23-12-6 18-9-3
x-Tampa Bay 46 27 9 101 240 215 25-10-6 21-17-3 19-8-3
x-Montreal 46 28 8 100 215 204 23-13-5 23-15-3 18-8-4
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y-Pittsburgh 51 24 7 109 249 207 28-9-4 23-15-3 20-8-2
x-NY Rangers 45 31 6 96 218 193 20-17-4 25-14-2 16-11-3
x-Philadelphia 42 30 10 94 236 235 24-14-3 18-16-7 15-11-4
x-Columbus 43 32 7 93 231 216 22-15-4 21-17-3 16-13-1
Washington 38 30 14 90 235 240 21-13-7 17-17-7 12-15-3
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Carolina 36 35 11 83 207 230 18-17-6 18-18-5 15-13-2
NY Islanders 34 37 11 79 225 267 13-19-9 21-18-2 10-16-4
 
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2013 - 2014 NHL Western Conference Standings
 
Central Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
y-Colorado 52 22 8 112 250 220 26-11-4 26-11-4 19-6-3
x-St. Louis 52 23 7 111 248 191 28-9-4 24-14-3 21-6-2
x-Chicago 46 21 15 107 267 220 27-7-7 19-14-8 13-13-3
x-Minnesota 43 27 12 98 207 206 26-10-5 17-17-7 14-12-3
x-Dallas 40 31 11 91 235 228 23-11-7 17-20-4 13-11-5
Nashville 38 32 12 88 216 242 19-17-5 19-15-7 12-13-4
Winnipeg 37 35 10 84 227 237 18-17-6 19-18-4 9-15-5
 
Pacific Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
z-Anaheim 54 20 8 116 266 209 29-8-4 25-12-4 22-4-3
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x-Los Angeles 46 28 8 100 206 174 23-14-4 23-14-4 16-10-3
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Calgary 35 40 7 77 209 241 19-19-3 16-21-4 11-15-3
Edmonton 29 44 9 67 203 270 16-22-3 13-22-6 8-17-4
 
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y= clinched division title
z= clinched overall points title
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