The Dallas Stars used special teams and goaltending, two aspects of the game that had struggled mightily the past month, to notch their first win in eight games Tuesday night against the Los Angeles Kings. The Stars' beleaguered power play, at one point 1 for their last 32, scored twice with the man-advantage in the second period to break open a 1-1 tie game. The Stars withstood a comeback attempt by the Kings in the final minutes and kept their slim playoff hopes alive with a very important two points.
Brendan Morrison played his best game so far as a Star, scoring two power play goals and leading the team with six shots. He had several chances to get a third, including a partial breakaway chance in the third period. Morrison's aggressive play from the point on the power play has finally seemed to rejuvenate a stagnant unit, and while there have been plenty of chances the past few weeks, the hard work finally paid off tonight.
Marty Turco, starting in net after having the previous night off, stopped 26 of 28 shots in a solid effort to help lead his team to the win. Despite allowing two "soft" goals off long shots, Turco made several spectacular stops in the game to help preserve the lead for the Stars.
Special teams and goaltending. The importance of these parts of the game have never been so clear as they have over the past month.