Ray Whitney and Vernon Fiddler both scored twice during Dallas’ four-goal third period, and the Stars broke open a tie game and routed the Los Angeles Kings 5-1 on Tuesday night.
Whitney snapped a 1-1 tie just 52 seconds into the third, taking a pass from rookie Alex Chiasson and sending a wrist shot from the high slot over Jonathan Quick’s glove to give Dallas its first lead of the game, and the Stars poured on the offense en route to their third straight win.
One week after dealing veterans Jaromir Jagr and Derek Roy before the NHL trade deadline, the Stars moved into ninth place in the Western Conference standings — two points behind Detroit and the postseason cutoff.
The Stars honored former goalie Eddie Belfour as part of their 20th anniversary team before the game. Belfour played just five of his 18 NHL seasons in Dallas but was a key component of the teams that won the Stanley Cup in 1999 and returned to the finals the following year.
Alex Goligoski also scored, and Trevor Daley added two assists for the Stars, who entered the night with the worst home record in the West. They improved to 9-9-2 at home.
Richard Bachman, who had played a total of 35 minutes since his previous start on Feb. 26, stopped all 22 shots he faced after replacing Kari Lehtonen.
Lehtonen started his 19th straight game but left 14:18 in because of a lower body injury after making seven saves and allowing one goal.
Drew Doughty scored for the Kings, who came off a 4-3 shootout loss at Anaheim on Sunday and dropped to 5-2-2 in their last nine games. Quick made 26 saves.
Dallas got into trouble early when Loui Eriksson was whistled for a four-minute, high-sticking penalty just 34 seconds in. It took the Kings just 39 seconds to capitalize, as Anze Kopitar fed a cross-ice pass to Doughty in the left circle for a wrist shot that beat Lehtonen over the glove at 1:13.
With the Kings still on the power play, Dallas nearly got one while short-handed at 2:25 when Fiddler raced into the Los Angeles zone on a 2-on-1 rush with Eric Nystrom. With Doughty taking away the pass option, Fiddler fired a wrist shot from the slot that Quick stopped with his pad.
The Stars tied it at 11:16, just six seconds after Jordan Nolan’s cross-checking penalty expired, when Goligoski retrieved a loose puck in the left circle and blasted a slap shot that beat a screened Quick just inside the right post.