Game 22: Kings Lose 5-2, fall to 12-8-2
LOS ANGELES – They were hoping to make it three-straight overall wins and seven-straight home wins but the Dallas Stars had different ideas as they defeat the Los Angeles Kings by a score of 5-2 and in the process, tying them in the conference standings with 26 points.
It was the 41-year old Jaromir Jagrwho opened the scoring on the power play, capitalizing on a cross-ice pass 5:28 into the first period to give the Stars the early lead.
The Kings, though, were not fazed as they poured it on with 12 shots in the first period and it paid off as Trevor Lewis went into behind the net and came out in front to snap his third past Kari Lehtonen to tie the game.
After no scoring for much of the second, Jeff Carter added to his team lead notching his 16th past Lehtonen to give Los Angeles their first lead of the night. Unfortunately, the lead was short-lived as just over three minutes later, the Stars took advantage on the power play as Cody Eakin backhanded his fourth past Jonathan Quickto tie the game.
Heading into the third, the Kings were hoping to reignite some of that final frame magic they’ve been displaying in weeks past. Unfortunately on this night, it was the other way around as Brenden Morrow gave Dallas a lead 5:16 into the third that they would not relinquish.
Over four minutes later, Jaromir Jagr would add his second of the night (and his ninth on the year) to give the Stars some insurance. Dallas then capped off the win with an Antoine Roussel empty-netter and that was all she wrote as the Kings see their winning ways halted for the time being.
In goal, while Jonathan Quick played well, his efforts weren’t quite enough as he allowed four goals on 21 shots. In Quick’s defense, though, three of those tallies weren’t so much his fault as they were just great goals on Dallas’ part.
The Kings, however, did keep the Stars on their toes and made them earn these two points outshooting them 33-22 en route to the loss.
Los Angeles is now off until Saturday as they try to regroup when they host the Calgary Flamesin a rare instance where they will play the same team twice in a row at the same venue. Let’s hope for a better finish next outing.