LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Kings find themselves on top of the National Hockey League’s Western Conference standings and second in the overall league standings after winning their fifth straight game and seventh straight game at home, a 3-1 victory over the Dallas Stars on November 11 at Staples Center in Los Angeles.
Dustin Brown got the Kings on the board with his seventh goal of the season at 6:13 of the first period, cleaning up a sloppy rebound left in the crease by Stars goaltender Kari Lehtonen.
Stars forward Jamie Benn made Kings star defenseman Drew Doughty look bad by easily lifting Doughty’s stick from behind, and then going in alone on Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick to tie the game at the 17:04 mark.
The Kings scored what were just their second and third power play goals at home this season, the first by Justin Williams, his seventh goal of the season coming at the 6:51 mark of the second period.
Jack Johnson scored his first of the season at the 17:12 mark to give the Kings their final margin of victory.
The game was intense, and a very physical affair, with more than its share of big hits and four fights.
One of the hits was by Stars forward Adam Burish, who went out of his way to take a run at Doughty at 16:03 of the third period.
With the puck already heading towards the Kings’ net, Burish instead moved to his left to nail Doughty from behind, driving Doughty head first into the right corner glass, popping his helmet off.
Burish was assessed a major penalty for boarding and a game misconduct. Doughty, who was a bit slow to get on his feet, returned to the ice for the ensuing five-minute power play.
The Kings killed off all five Stars’ power play opportunities, including a two-man disadvantage for twenty seconds in the third period. The Kings, who are the only NHL team that has not allowed a power play goal at home so far this season, have killed 17 straight penalties, dating back to October 28 at Dallas.
Prior to the game, the Kings honored veteran left wing Ryan Smyth, who played his 1,000th career regular season NHL game on November 6, a 4-1 win over Nashville at Staples Center.
- The Kings are now 11-3-0, good for 22 points in the standings after 14 games, tying their franchise record. The 1974-75 Kings were 9-1-4 for 22 points after 14 games.
- The Kings are 7-0-0 at home, tying a club record for the longest home winning streak to start a season. The 1975-76 and 1980-81 Kings also went 7-0-0 at home.
- The longest overall home winning streak in Kings history is twelve (October 10 to December 5, 1992).
- The Kings have won five straight games overall and seven of their last eight.
- The Kings were assessed 42 penalty minutes while the Stars picked up 49, combining for 91 penalty minutes.
- The Kings have outscored their opponents in the third period this season, 16-8.
- Quick is 9-1-0 to start the season, has stopping 270 out of 286 shots in his ten games, good for a .944 save percentage.
- Quick, who has earned a 1.58 goals-against average so far this season, has tied Robb Stauber for the most wins after ten decisions (Stauber was 9-0-1 in 1992-93),
- Williams earned his third game-winning goal of the season, and extended his point streak to eight games (five goals and five assists for ten points. His career high point streak is nine games (November 15 – December 2, 2005).
- With two assists in the game, Anze Kopitar has 13 points in the last 13 games (four goals, nine assists).
- With a goal and an assist in the game, Johnson has ten points in the last eight games (goal, nine assists).
- Head coach Terry Murray earned his 451st career regular season win, tying him with Brian Sutter for 19th all-time in NHL history. Murray is 92-67-20 in 178 games with the Kings. The fastest Kings coach to reach 100 wins is Tom Webster (211 games).
Raw Audio Interviews (edited to remove extraneous material and dead air):
Matt Greene (2:58)
Dustin Brown (2:23)
Terry Murray (6:07)
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