LOS ANGELES — Despite not being at their best for their third straight game, the Los Angeles Kings found a way to win yet again, handing the Dallas Stars a 3-2 shootout defeat in front of a sell-out crowd of 18,118 happy fans at Staples Center on Saturday night.
Alexander Frolov and Anze Kopitar scored goals in regulation for the Kings, while James Neal and Mike Modano scored for the Stars.
Brad Richardson assisted on both Kings’ goals.
Michael Handzus was credited with the shootout game-winner, scoring in the fourth round.
Jonathan Quick was the best player for the Kings, stopping 25 shots, including several spectacular saves.
Right wing Wayne Simmonds, who suffered a knee injury and was not in the lineup, will undergo surgery on Monday to repair the meniscus in his left knee. There was no word on how long he is expected to be out of the lineup.
- The Kings now own the top spot in the Western Conference (tied with San Jose in points, but the Kings have more wins).
- The Kings are only one point behind Washington for the best record in the National Hockey League.
- The Kings have won four straight for the third time this season.
- The Kings have their second eight-game point streak this season and are 7-0-1 in their last eight. They were 6-0-2 from October 19 to November 4.
- The Kings are 11-1-3 in one-goal games.
- Seven of their last eight games have been one-goal games (7-0-0).
- The Kings are 9-1-1 against the Pacific Division.
- The Kings are off to their third-best 34-game start in club history. The 1980-81 club had 47 points (22-9-3) and 1974-75 club had 47 points (18-5-11).
- Nine of the Kings’ last fourteen wins against Dallas have been come-from-behind victories.
- Quick is 7-1-1 with a 2.15 GAA and .925 save percentage in his last nine games and he has stopped 22 of 31 in the shootout this season (.710).
- Williams has seven points in his last seven games (three goals, four assists).
Post-Game Audio Interviews (raw, unedted)
Justin Williams (3:10)
Matt Greene (2:49)
Jonathan Quick (1:01)
Terry Murray (10:27)
Sean O’Donnell (3:46)
Michal Handzus (3:13)
Game Highlights From NHL Video On YouTube:
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