The young, inexperienced Los Angeles Kings have won four straight games.
Don’t bother with pinching yourself to make sure you’re not dreaming. You aren’t.
Michal Handzus scored a goal and played a huge role in another, Jarret Stoll scored a goal and won 11 out of 15 face-offs, and Alexander Frolov contributed two assists to lead the Kings to a 3-2 win over the Dallas Stars in front of a disappointed crowd of 17,675 fans at American Airlines Center in Dallas on Thursday night.
Handzus opened the scoring on the power play with his third goal of the season at the 9:53 mark, deflecting a point shot by Kings defenseman Peter Harrold past Stars goaltender Marty Turco, who made 26 saves.
Stoll scored his sixth goal of the season at 13:11, getting his stick on the puck after a shot from left point by Kings defenseman Sean O’Donnell was deflected in front by Frolov.
Stars center Brad Richards scored his fifth goal of the season while his team had a two-man advantage, beating Kings netminder Erik Ersberg with a slap shot from the point that hit O’Donnell in front and deflected between Ersberg’s leg pads.
Handzus was in front of Turco at 3:24 of the second period when Kings defenseman Kyle Quincey blasted a one-timer from above the top of the slot. The slap shot went between Handzus’ legs and beat Turco, who was hopelessly screened, into the right side of the net. The power play goal was Quincey’s second goal of the season, assisted by Oscar Moller and Frolov.
Stars center Mike Ribeiro scored his second goal of the season on the power ply at 14:43 to make it interesting, but the Kings held on for the win, earning their ninth point in their last five games (4-0-1).
Special teams was big in this game, with the Stars scoring twice on four power play attempts, while the Kings went 2-for-7 with the man advantage.
Ersberg made 24 saves to earn his fourth win of the season (4-1-1). He has backstopped the Kings during their 4-0-1 stretch and for the season, he has a 1.94 goals-against average (ranked fourth in the league) and a .908 save percentage.
The last time the Kings won four straight games was October 19-27, 2007, when they beat Vancouver, Nashville, Dallas and Edmonton.
The Kings return home on Saturday night when they host the Nashville Predators (7:30 PM PST).
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