Los Angeles Hockey: Michael Ryder

Kings 4, Dallas Stars 2

Eight keys to the game:

THE FACTS: Rookie forwards Jordan Nolan and Dwight King, recalled from the American Hockey League on Friday to provide a spark for the league’s lowest-scoring team, each scored their first NHL goals Sunday evening at American-Airlines Center in Dallas, lifting the Kings to a much-needed victory in the finale of a six-game road trip .

THE STAT: Andrei Loktionov, another rookie forward for the Kings, scored the second goal of the game. Combined with the goal Loktionov scored in a 2-1 overtime loss Saturday against the Islanders, Kings’ rookies scored four straight goals over the weekend. The last time two Kings scored their first NHL goal in the same game was Oct. 20, 2008 against Colorado (Drew Doughty and Oscar Moller).

TURNING POINT: The Kings blew a two-goal lead when Dallas scored late in the second period and early in the third to tie the score, 2-2, but they didn’t quit. About seven minutes after the Stars tied the score, King kept the puck alive in the offensive zone with a persistent forecheck, then slid it to Mike Richards behind the net. Richards made a beautiful no-look backhand pass to the front of the net, where Nolan was waiting to slap it in for a 3-2 lead with 8:31 left in the game.

HOT: While several other veterans continue to put up zeroes, Justin Williams and Anze Kopitar continue to put up real numbers for the Kings. Williams scored an empty-net goal in the final minute and assisted on King’s first-period goal, giving him 15 points in the last 15 games. Kopitar assisted on King’s goal and Loktionov’s, giving him 14 points in the last 15 games.

NOT: On the eve of his much-publicized Pancakes with Penner fundraiser at a restaurant in the South Bay, one in which fans entered a drawing to eat breakfast with the maligned veteran, Kings left wing Dustin Penner was a healthy scratch for the second consecutive game. With the success of Nolan and King so far, Penner might want to consider filling out an application while he’s there.

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Shutout streaks ends but Kings win, 5-3

October, 27, 2011
Jonathan QuickRonald Martinez/Getty ImagesJonathan Quick's shutout streak ended at 202 minutes 11 seconds, but the Kings beat the Stars.
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.

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