Mike Ribeiro's lone shootout goal enough to help Stars edge Kings 4-3

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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 defenceman 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.

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