The Dallas Stars scored four unanswered goals in the final 22 minutes of the game to rally for a 5-2 victory at the Staples Center to beat the Kings. The Stars had goals from Jaromir Jagr (2), Cody Eakin, Brenden Morrow, and Antoine Roussel. Kari Lehtonen stopped 31 of 33 shots for his ninth win of the season, improving the Stars to 12-9-2 on the season.
First period: The Stars went on the first power play about four minutes into the game, and Jaromir Jagr scored to take a 1-0 lead. The Kings tied the game 8 minutes into the game with a goal from Trevor Lewis. The period would end tied 1-1.
Second period: Through the first 12 minutes or so of the period, the scoring chances were scarce… even on the Power Play. Lehtonen denied a shorthanded bid from Mike Richards, midway through the 2nd. With 4:30 left in the period, Jeff Carter gives the Kings a 2-1 lead, putting a shot on net that bounced off Jordie Benn and past Lehtonen. 3 minutes later, the Stars tied the game on their third power play of the night. Goligoski passed the puck to Cody Eakin and he backhanded it past Quick with 1:14 left in the period. The Period ended tied 2-2.
Third period: The Stars took a 3-2 lead 5 minutes into the third. Reilly Smith skated into the Kings zone to tie up two defenders, Eakin picked up the loose puck and set up Brenden Morrow for the goal. Almost 10 minutes into the period, Dallas extended the lead to 4-2. Jamie Benn put a backhand shot on net and Jagr scored off the rebound. Lehtonen had ANOTHER big save on Dustin Brown with just over nine minutes remaining in the game to keep the Stars’ lead at two goals. Then, Antoine Roussel put the nail in the coffin with an empty net goal, with 1:41 remaining, to make it a 5-2 final.