It was only fitting that on the evening of his 1000th career NHL game that Jamie Langenbrunner would play a major part in the Dallas Stars’ 2-1 victory over the Los Angeles Kings. The 16-year NHL veteran was honored during pregame ceremonies as he was joined by his children on ice and was presenting with a silver stick from close friend and former teammate Joe Nieuwendyk.
The Kings grabbed the lead midway through the first period when Justin Williams scored the game’s opening goal.
The Stars responded on a power play near the halfway mark of the second period and Loui Eriksson’s redirected effort evened the affair at 11:38. Brad Richards assisted on the goal and went on to put on a show all evening by delivering an array of neat passes.
The night though would belong to Langenbrunner who scored a power play goal of his own before the second intermission. Stars’ fans had waited nearly nine years to see Langenbrunner score in a Dallas uniform as his last goal came on March 3, 2002, shortly before his trade to the New Jersey Devils.
It was the perfect occasion for Jamie record his first goal since returning to Dallas. Kari Lethonen’s fine evening in net kept the Kings off the score-sheet for the rest of the night ensuring a Stars’ victory. Langenbrunner’s goal proved to be the game-winner and capped a memorable night for the 35-year old as his family and friends were in attendance at the American Airlines Center.
Click here to read a special tribute on Langenbrunner’s official website from his 1000th game.