Game 69; 42-22-5
DALLAS — The Los Angeles Kings wasted very little time in picking up where they left off on Monday as they opened the scoring just 23 seconds into the game en route to a 5-2 victory over the Dallas Stars. The win gives the Kings 42 wins and 89 points on the season to extend their Pacific Division lead.
After scoring his first as a King on Monday, Kris Versteeg found the back of the net again to give Los Angeles an early 1-0 lead. Tyler Toffoli and Anze Kopitar then each scored highlight-reel goals to put the silver-and-black out in front by a 3-1 score.
In addition to Alex Goligoski‘s goal, Cody Eakin scored for the Stars to make it 3-2, but that was as close as the home team would get as before Dustin Brown regained his team’s two-goal lead with his second in as many nights. Then, Trevor Lewis scored to make it 5-2, and that was how this one finished.
In addition to his beautiful goal, Anze Kopitar registered an assist as did Nick Shore, Milan Lucic, Kyle Clifford, Jeff Carter and Vincent Lecavalier. But it was Rob Scuderi who was the most productive on this night with two assists.
Jhonas Enroth was also a positive factor for the Kings on this night as he improved to 6-5-1 on the year with a 24-save performance.
After going perfect on the penalty kill on Monday, the Kings were only able to kill off two of their three shorthanded situations. Of course, that was the lowest point of Tuesday for the silver-and-black who outplayed the Central-leading Stars to victory right from the opening faceoff.
Overall, it was a very successful road swing for the Kings who outscored their opponents 10-2 — and formidable opponents at that — as they return home with plenty of momentum for their next matchup against the New York Rangers.