Kings 5, Dallas Stars 3
Eight keys to the game:
THE FACTS: One streak ended Thursday night but another began. The Kings rebounded from a poor effort two days earlier against visiting New Jersey and won at American Airlines Center in Dallas, running their record against the Stars to 17-2-2 since Jan. 12, 2008.
THE STAT: Kings goalie Jonathan Quick gave up his first goal in four games, ending his franchise-record shutout streak at 202 minutes 11 seconds. Quick hadn’t given up an even-strength goal in 16-plus periods before Michael Ryder scored seven seconds after Scott Parse left the penalty box in the third period to cut the deficit to 3-2. The Stars added another even-strength goal later in the third to tie the score, 3-3, but Kings rookie defenseman Slava Voynov scored his second goal of the game with 6:52 remaining and that held up as the game winner.
TURNING POINT: The Kings scored three unanswered goals in the second period to take a 3-1 lead. After tying the score, 1-1, on a goal by Justin Williams in the opening minutes of the period, Parse intercepted a pass from Mike Ribeiro in the offensive zone. The puck made its way to Dustin Brown, who shot wide but the loose puck was scooped in by Mike Richards who passed back to Parse for the tap in. Parse, who had been a healthy scratch the last six games and seemed to holding onto his roster spot by a thread, also drew a penalty to set up the third goal by the Kings.
HOT: Heading into the game, it was believed Voynov was making his last NHL appearance for a while, as Drew Doughty is ready to return from injury. Voynov helped his cause in a big way, scoring two goals and contributing an assist for his first NHL points. Voynov’s slap shot early in the first period was stopped by Dallas goalkeeper Kari Lehtonen but the rebound came out to Williams who tucked it back in the net. Voynov scored the third goal, taking a pass from Brown as he crashed the net on a power play and shooting it past Lehtonen. He later buried a slap shot from the top of the right faceoff circle for the winner.
NOT: The Kings scored a power-play goal for the sixth time in nine games but didn’t come close to scoring on a 5-on-3 that lasted 1:23 late in the first period. The Kings are now 1-for-4 with the two-man advantage this season. Anze Kopitar had two helpers but went through his fourth straight game without a goal. Kopitar has had some prime scoring chances the last two games but hasn’t been able to put the puck away.
GOOD MOVE: Kings coach Terry Murray bumped Dustin Penner back to the third line and inserted Parse in his second-line spot on the left side. Penner, who has gone 20 consecutive regular-season games without a goal, seems better suited for a third-line role, while Parse showed the skill of a top-six forward.
BAD MOVE: Parse undermined an otherwise successful night by committing three minor penalties. Though he had just come out of the penalty box before the second goal by the Stars, they had kept possession from the power play. Brown also committed a needless tripping penalty in his offensive zone with 2:55 remaining and the Kings clinging to a one-goal lead, but the penalty-kill unit was able to snuff out that advantage.
NOTABLE: Richards had three assists for his second multi-point game with the Kings. He has just one goal thus far but his eight assists shares the team lead with Kopitar. More important, the Kings are 6-0 when Richards gets at least one point and 0-2-1 when he doesn’t. The arena was listed at 45.6 percent full on the official box score, as many in the Dallas area were watching the Rangers play Game 6 of the World Series in St. Louis.
UP NEXT: Saturday vs. the Phoenix Coyotes at Jobing.com Arena, 6 p.m. (PT).