DALLAS (AP) – Philippe Boucher capped the Dallas Stars’ comeback from an early four-goal deficit with a shot that went in off a Los Angeles defenseman with 4:46 left, providing a 5-4 victory over the Kings on Wednesday night and a stirring welcome back for local NHL fans.

With a sellout 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 as Los Angeles went up 3-0 after just 4:18. Dustin Brown stretched the lead by scoring with 8.1 seconds left in the period.

Jason Arnott started the Stars’ rally by beating goalie Mathieu Garon early in the second period, then Sergei Zubov followed with two goals within a few minutes. Bill Guerin scored the tying goal midway through the third period.

Arnott had three assists, while Zubov and Guerin each had one.

Turco, whose 1.91 goals-against-average is the best in league history for anyone playing at least 100 games, made it all hold up by stopping the last 11 shots he faced.

Garon made 25 saves, but limited Dallas to two goals on 12 power plays. The Kings were 1-of-4 with a man advantage. There were a total of 23 penalties, with Los Angeles getting six in each of the first two periods.

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.

Boos dimmed the mood following Los Angeles’ early barrage, but Dallas tied it soon after the first hearty chant of “Let’s Go Stars!”

Sean Avery scored the Kings’ other goal.

Notes: 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 5 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 straight home games. … This was one of only three October road games for the Kings.

AP-ES-10-05-05 2316EDT


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