Sunday, February 12, 2012
Stars lose to Kings, 4-2
By Mark Stepneski
The Dallas Stars lost a key game Sunday, falling 4-2 to the Los Angeles Kings at American Airlines Center. The loss left the Stars three points out of the final playoff spot and six points behind the seventh place Kings in the Western Conference standings. Loui Eriksson and Michael Ryder scored for the Stars. Kari Lehtonen stopped 12 of 15 shots.
The Kings opened the scoring 8:54 into the game. Anze Kopitar stripped Stars defenseman Nicklas Grossman of the puck behind the Dallas goal and got it to the front of the net, where Dwight King slipped it past Stars goalie Kari Lehtonen to give the Kings a 1-0 lead.
The Stars had the only power play of the period, but were unable to generate a shot on goal.
Dallas outshot Los Angeles 10-5 in the period.
The Stars got their second power play of the game early in the second period, but couldn’t take advantage.
Los Angeles scored later in the period on its first power play of the game to take a 2-0 lead. Kings defenseman Jack Johnson fired a shot that deflected off the skate of Los Angeles forward Andrei Loktionov and into the net at 8:21 of the second.
Less than a minute after the Kings failed to take advantage of their second power play of the evening, the Stars scored to make it a 2-1 game. After taking a cross-ice pass from Mike Ribeiro off the rush, Alex Goligoski centered the puck and Loui Eriksson tapped it into the net at 13:12 mark.
The Stars went on their third power play of the game with 46 seconds left in the period and it carried over it to start the third period.
The Stars had 1:14 of power play time to start the third period, but didn’t score.
The Stars did get the equalizer off the rush when Goligoski dropped the puck off to Eriksson, who set up Michael Ryder in the slot and Ryder ripped a shot past Kings goalie Jonathan Quick at the 4:37 mark.
The Kings retook the lead with 8:31 remaining. After the Stars turned over the puck behind their own goal line, Kings center Mike Richards centered the puck and Jordan Nolan scored from close range to make it a 3-2 game.
The Stars pulled Lehtonen in the final minute for the extra attacker, but the Kings scored into an empty net to seal the win.
Injured: Morrow (neck/shoulder), Souray (foot)
Scratched: Dowell, Pardy