LOS ANGELES (AP) — Brenden Morrow was unsure whether Mike Ribeiro passed the puck to him, or whether he simply stole it from his Dallas teammate.
Morrow's winning goal after that exchange left absolutely no doubt the Stars are resilient enough to contend with the best of the West.
Morrow scored 38 seconds into overtime, and the Stars rallied from a late deficit for a 4-3 victory over the Los Angeles Kings on Monday night.
The Dallas captain collected what appeared to be a back pass from Ribeiro and eluded three Kings to score his 26th goal of the season for the Stars, who have won five of their past six and haven't lost in regulation since Feb. 22.
"It showed huge character for us to come out and get that two points," Morrow said of the Stars' three rallies from one-goal deficits.
"This group has been good about that all year. Last year and in years past, it was something we wouldn't be mentally tough enough to overcome. But now we just wipe those things away and try to steal the momentum on the next shift."
Ribeiro had a goal and two assists, and Kari Lehtonen made 20 saves as the Stars put a strong finish on their third California road game in four nights. Trevor Daley and Jamie Benn scored tying goals for Dallas in the third period, with Benn getting a short-handed breakaway goal with 14:40 to play.
With leading scorer Brad Richards sidelined by an apparent concussion, the Stars had lost five straight and were on the verge of irrelevancy before their current surge, which has put them right back into a tie for fifth place in the muddled Western Conference standings.
Los Angeles never trailed in regulation, and Dallas twice gave up goals less than a minute after tying the score. None of it stopped the Stars from sticking with it in the final stop of a four-game trip against every other team in the Pacific Division.
"It took a lot of grit," Dallas coach Marc Crawford said. "It's funny, because you usually don't get many opportunities against the Kings because they play solidly defensively. That's been our secret lately, too. We haven't given up many opportunities, but there were a few mistakes made tonight on both sides, and when you made the mistakes, they ended up being on the sticks of guys that had something going."
Willie Mitchell, Justin Williams and Kyle Clifford scored for the Kings, who lost three of four to wrap up a six-game homestand. While the Stars seized an unlikely victory, the Kings felt they gave it away.
"We're a team that if we're going to make the playoffs, we're going to need to lock games like these down," said Williams, who earned his 400th career point with an assist. "We missed an opportunity to jump ahead of these guys in the standings.”