Morrison scores twice to help Stars beat Kings

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LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Brendan Morrison knows the Stars' playoff

hopes are slim. That doesn't mean he won't try to change their

fortune with only five games left.

Morrison scored two power-play goals, Marty Turco stopped 26

shots, and Dallas snapped a seven-game losing streak by beating

the Los Angeles Kings, 3-2, on Tuesday night.

The Stars are 12th in the Western Conference, and are a long

shot to make the playoffs. They are six points out of eighth

place and the postseason cutoff.

"I think we pretty much have to win out if we want a chance. But

who knows what can happen," Morrison said. "We just want to play

solid hockey right until the end."

Jack Johnson and Anze Kopitar scored for the Kings, who are far

out of the playoff picture.

Dallas' skid was three games short of the franchise record. The

Stars haven't lost eight in a row since November 11-29, 1978,

when the franchise was in Minnesota.

Mike Ribeiro also scored for Dallas, which has qualified for the

playoffs in five straight seasons.

"It's nice to get a win," Morrison said. "It's been frustrating

the last couple of weeks. It's been a tough year.

"You don't want to ever mail anything in. Respect your teammates

and go out and work hard and see what happens. I think this

group has been taxed for a while. We've had to deal with a lot

of adversity this year with injury, etc. I'm not pointing the

finger at exactly that's why we haven't had the outcomes we've

wanted lately. We've played good enough in games to get wins,

but at crucial times we have made errors that have cost us."

They didn't make many against the Kings.

Turco returned to the net after sitting out Monday's overtime

loss to Phoenix and held off the Kings, who have lost 14 of 20

and went 0-for-2 on the power play.

"I thought both goals were soft, but I thought our team played

really well," Stars coach Dave Tippett said. "He made a couple

of key saves at key times -- that penalty kill in the second

period. We didn't do it all, but we did enough to win. That was

one of our better puck play games in a while and we defended

better."

Morrison helped Dallas regain the lead at 1:55 of the second

period with his first goal. With Kyle Calder off for holding,

Morrison scored on a one-timer to give the Stars the 2-1 lead.

He struck again at 14:41 when Matt Niskanen found him just above

the left faceoff dot. Morrison's shot went in off the post, and

goalie Jonathan Quick barely moved before realizing that the

puck was past him.

The Kings looked sluggish after returning home following a 2-3-1

road trip.

"When you come off a long road trip, it always seems that you

have a tough time getting into it in the first game at home,"

Kings forward Justin Williams said. "But at this level of the

game, it's unacceptable for us to have a performance like that.

It's ugly, it stinks, and it won't happen again."

Johnson scored with a wrist shot toward the end of the first,

making it 1-1. Brad Richardson won a faceoff back to Johnson,

who beat Turco to the upper right corner of the net with 2:02

left.

Ribeiro had given Dallas a 1-0 lead with his 21st goal of the

season three minutes earlier.

Kopitar's goal came at 18:29 of the third period, but it was too

late.

"We didn't do enough in the offensive zone at all," Kings coach

Terry Murray said. "We turned the puck over too often in the

early part of the game, and we were not getting any kind of

forecheck established whatsoever. The traffic in front of the

net was minimal at best. We didn't play the right way."

The Kings, 26th in the league in scoring, were without Alexander

Frolov (lower body), who missed his fourth straight game, and

Jarret Stoll and Kyle Quincey, who are out for the season.

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