Stoll's SO goal lifts Kings past Stars

DALLAS (AP) — Jarret Stoll scored in the sixth round of a shootout to give the Los Angeles Kings a 2-1 victory over the Dallas Stars on Friday night.

After the first 11 shooters failed to score, Stoll beat Marty Turco with a wrist shot for the Kings' fifth victory in five games against the Stars this season.

Jonathan Bernier, making his first NHL appearance of the season, made sliding saves on Loui Eriksson in the second round, Mike Ribeiro in the fourth, and Jamie Benn in the sixth. Mike Modano had the best chance in the shootout for the Stars, hitting the right goal post in the fifth round.

Bernier stopped 29 shots, and Fredrik Modin scored a power-play goal for the Kings.

Bernier was playing in the fifth NHL game of his career after he was called up from Manchester of the AHL on Thursday.

Kings No. 1 goalie Jonathan Quick is back in Los Angeles with his wife, Jaclyn, for the birth of their first child.

Backup Erik Ersberg hasn't played since Feb. 11, and coach Terry Murray wanted to get a look at Bernier, who has a 26-18-5 record and 2.08 goals-against with eight shutouts for Manchester this season.

Quick has already set a Kings record with 37 victories while playing in 60 of Los Angeles' first 66 games and 19 of the previous 20.

The Kings improved to 85 points, tying for third-most in the West.

Turco made 27 saves as the Stars continue to chase a playoff spot. Dallas is 1-4-1 while being outscored 26-13 since the Olympic break.

Brenden Morrow scored for Dallas, which has 71 points, six out of the No. 8 spot in the Western Conference.

The Stars opened a six-game homestand that will go a long way toward determining whether they make the playoffs.

Dallas GM Joe Nieuwendyk has said his team needs to win at least five times during that stretch at home to "stay in the mix," leaving little margin for error.

Modin, acquired in a trade with Tampa Bay on March 3, notched the game's first goal with 5 seconds left on a power play and 34.8 remaining in the first period when he deflected Dustin Brown's pass by Turco.

Bernier stopped Dallas' first 22 shots before Morrow tied it at 1 off Stephane Robidas' setup at 6:29 of the third period.

NOTES: Earlier Friday, the Kings activated RW Justin Williams off injured reserve after a 2½-month absence due to a broken right ankle. Williams, who sustained the injury on Dec. 26 at Phoenix, missed 28 games. He had 24 points in 33 games before his injury. Williams was reunited on a line with C Ryan Smyth and LW Anze Kopitar. ... The Kings won their 21st on the road, tying the club record set in 1980-81. ... Dallas D Nicklas Grossman (back) sat out his third straight game. RW Jere Lehtinen (ribs) was back after missing the previous game (illness). ... Modin has three goals in five games since joining the Kings. ... The Kings are 11-2-1 in their last 14 meetings with the Stars.

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