LOS ANGELES – Brenden Morrow scored the tying goal on a power play with 4:58 left in the third period, Mike Ribeiro had the only goal in a shootout and Marty Turco made 33 saves, leading the Dallas Stars to a 4-3 victory over the Los Angeles Kings on Saturday.

Ribeiro was the third shooter for Dallas, after teammate Jussi Jokinen and Kings rookie Anze Kopitar each hit the left post in the second round. The Stars are 15-1 in shootouts since the NHL instituted the tiebreaking format at the start of last season. They have won all three shootouts this season.

Philippe Boucher and Stu Barnes scored first-period goals for Dallas. Sergei Zubov had two assists and became the third European-born defenseman with 700 career points, joining Sweden’s Borje Salming and Nicklas Lidstrom. Jeff Halpern also had two assists.

The Stars are 5-0 against the Kings this season and 11-1-0 against Pacific Division rivals altogether, the league’s best record by any team within its own division. Los Angeles dropped to 5-12-1 against Pacific Division clubs – despite road victories this month against Anaheim and San Jose.

Sean Avery had a goal and an assist for Los Angeles. Dustin Brown and Rob Blake also scored for the Kings, who outshot Dallas 36-31. They are only 5-9 when getting 35 or more shots on net.

AP-ES-12-16-06 1857EST


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