Dallas 7; Los Angeles 4

DALLAS, Jan. 8 (UPI) -- Jere Lehtinen recorded his second career hat trick Tuesday night as Dallas thumped Los Angeles, 7-4.

Defenseman Darryl Sydor added a pair of power-play goals and an assist as the Stars remained red hot against the undermanned Kings.


On Saturday, Dallas ended a drought of 207 minutes, 40 seconds against Los Angeles before rallying for a 3-2 victory. In this one, the Stars chased Jamie Storr from the net, then did the same to Felix Potvin, scoring seven times on only 23 shots.

The Kings grabbed a 1-0 lead on a goal by Brad Chartrand 5:21 into the opening period, but Sydor tied it 8 1/2 minutes later and Lehtinen put Dallas in front for good with 3:26 to go when he snapped a wrist shot from low in the right faceoff circle over Storr's left shoulder.

Lehtinen struck twice to cap a four-goal second period. He used teammate Brenden Morrow as a screen and beat Potvin from high in the left circle to extend the Stars' lead to 5-2 with 4:35 to go, then got a lucky bounce to complete his first hat trick since Jan. 17, 2001.

After outmuscling defenseman Lubomir Visnovsky in the right circle, Lehtinen pushed the puck toward the slot, where Kings defenseman Jaroslav Modry pushed it past his own goalie at 19:15.

Morrow collected a goal and two assists, and Jason Arnott also scored for the Stars, who extended their unbeaten streak to seven games (5


The Kings, again playing without injured regulars Jason Allison, Adam Deadmarsh, Bryan Smolinski, and defenseman Aaron Miller, Los Angeles lost for the fifth time in six games.

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