L.A. takes the game, 4-2, thanks to some offensive contributions from young players, keeping the Kings safely at the seventh seed in the West. The Stars, however, continue to have issues keeping up with the playoff teams.
The L.A. Kings went on a scoring rampage for their standards and scored three even-strength goals with an empty-netter and beat the Dallas Stars, 4-2, on the road. L.A.'s scoring was mostly led by the young players, two who scored their first goals of their NHL careers.
Dwight King, most prominently noticed tonight for his namesake, began the scoring for the Kings with the game's first marker in the opening period. King almost scored again on L.A.'s second goal, but the puck deflected by Andrei Loktionov just whizzed over King's stick, and Loktionov received credit for his second career goal.
Down 2-0, the Stars struggled for a bit getting the puck in deep, but a poor defensive play resulted in a goal for Loui Eriksson to cut L.A.'s lead in half. Michael Ryder tied the game up in the third on another soft goal, this time to be blamed on Jonathan Quick.
Still, even with the score evened up, the Stars couldn't establish any pressure, and the Kings took advantage of this as Jordan Nolan joined the scoring ranks with his first NHL goal, as well. King had an assist on the goal, giving him two points on the night. With three seconds left, well-seasoned Justin Williams banked one in the empty net and L.A. took the game, 4-2, thanks to the offensive contributions of players other than Anze Kopitar (who had a hand in L.A.'s first two goals).
With the win, the Kings extend their lead over the Phoenix Coyotes by three points and sit in seventh in the West, tied in points with the Chicago Blackhawks (65). The struggling Stars are still three points back of a playoff spot.