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Boucher scores three as Stars top Kings

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Associated Press
11/24/2006 11:48:28 PM

DALLAS (AP) - Defenceman Philippe Boucher scored three power-play goals for his first career hat trick, leading the Dallas Stars to a 5-3 victory over the Los Angeles Kings on Friday night.

Dallas surged to a 3-0 first-period lead on two man-advantage goals from Boucher and one from defenceman Sergei Zubov. Eric Lindros assisted on all three.

The Stars, 5-2 in their last seven games, went 3-for-5 on the power play in the first period.

Seven of the goals came on the power play, including two by Dustin Brown of the Kings, who are 2-4-1 in their last seven games.

Jere Lehtinen added an empty-net goal for Dallas with 25 seconds left to make it 5-3.

Alexander Frolov of the Kings crashed the net and capitalized on a two-man advantage with his 13th goal of the season at 8:17 of the final period to narrow the deficit to 4-3.

Rookie goalie Mike Smith stopped 22 shots for the Stars. Smith was playing in his third straight game and making his second consecutive start in place of Marty Turco. Coach Dave Tippett said Turco isn't in danger of losing his spot as the team's top goaltender, but Tippett wanted to see how Smith responded to consecutive starts.

Smith relieved Turco in the first period of Monday night's 5-4 victory over Colorado, then Smith got his second career shutout in a 1-0 win over Nashville on Wednesday night.

Dallas has won all four of its games against Los Angeles this season.

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