FINAL OT
PHX
1
BUF
2
FINAL SO
TOR
1
NYR
2
FINAL
ANA
3
WSH
2
FINAL
CBJ
4
CAR
3
FINAL
PIT
0
OTT
5
FINAL
NYI
3
DET
0
FINAL
TBL
6
FLA
1
FINAL
MIN
1
PHI
4
FINAL
NJD
2
CHI
5
FINAL
BOS
6
NSH
2
FINAL SO
STL
3
CGY
4
FINAL
WPG
2
EDM
6
FINAL
DAL
5
LAK
2
FINAL SO
COL
4
SJS
5
DAL
40-31-11
LAK
46-28-8

23 SOG
32 SOG

Stars halt Jones' run in win over Kings

Curtis Zupke  - NHL.com Correspondent | Tuesday, 12.24.2013 / 2:19 AM

LOS ANGELES -- The Dallas Stars put an end to Martin Jones' remarkable run Monday night.

Jamie Benn had a Gordie Howe hat trick with a goal, two assists and a fight to lead Dallas to a 5-2 win against the Los Angeles Kings at Staples Center.

Jones, who had not allowed more than two goals in his first eight NHL games, allowed four to the Stars on 23 shots. Jones (8-1-0) was trying to match Ray Emery for the most winning decisions to start an NHL career at nine. He also was trying to tie Jonathan Quick for the Kings record for longest winning streak by a goalie.

It was the second time in 23 games that L.A. allowed more than two goals in regulation.

"Every time I play, it's a little more experience, which will help me," Jones said. "It's one game. I mean, it [stinks] to lose, but it' one game. We've got a busy schedule after Christmas, so we have to make sure that we're ready to go."

Dallas got 30 saves from goalie Kari Lehtonen and finished 3-0-1 on a four-game run against the Colorado Avalanche, Vancouver Canucks, San Jose Sharks and the Kings before the Christmas break.

"It's a big two points before a big three-day break," Benn said. "[Lehtonen] played great once again. It's not easy coming into these buildings against these teams and finding ways to get points.

"We know they're a pretty tight team. They play a great team defensive game, and they have a hot goalie. I think it was just a good way to put pucks on net and find a way to get a good start.”

The Kings played without captain Dustin Brown, who was ill. Coach Darryl Sutter sounded eager for the holiday break after his team finished six games in nine days, and the Kings admitted they've slipped the past two games.

"We weren't sharp as we wanted to be," Anze Kopitar said. "Obviously they have some guys that can put the puck in the net. We wanted to manage the puck a little better and control the neutral zone and play in the offensive zone, and we didn't spend enough time there."

Benn's night began on a disrespectful note as Los Angeles Dodgers legend Tommy Lasorda walked away from Benn without shaking his hand at the opening puck drop ceremony. Lasorda previously pulled the stunt on Jack Johnson of the Columbus Blue Jackets.

"I was actually kind of excited to see him out there, but it seemed like he didn't want to be out there too long," Benn said. "He dropped his puck and went on his way. I guess he doesn't like the away team."

Benn got revenge on a wicked backhand in the first period, recorded a secondary assist on the game-winning power-play goal and fought Robyn Regehr. Cody Eakin scored at 15:12 of the third to seal the win, and Shawn Horcoff scored an empty-net goal.

Dallas got three power plays in the second period and its 29th-ranked unit converted one to take a 3-2 lead into the third. Tyler Seguin set up Valeri Nichushkin for a one-timer into an open net at 5:07 with Jarret Stoll serving an interference penalty.

Dallas scored on its first two shots, and both came on outstanding plays by Benn.

Benn sped down the right side and lifted a backhand past Jones so quickly that it took several moments for the official to trigger the red light. Benn’s 11th goal was unassisted at 6:10.

Benn collected the puck behind the net and then set up Seguin for the latter’s team-leading 19th goal for a 2-1 lead at 3:48.

Jones couldn’t be faulted on at least Nichushkin's goal, but it was the first real adversity for the 23-year-old, who rarely trailed in his previous eight games.

Dallas defenseman Maxime Fortunus recorded his first NHL point with a secondary assist on Seguin's goal. Fortunus played his first NHL game since Jan.14, 2010, because Sergei Gonchar was the latest Stars defenseman to sit out with illness or injury. Brendon Dillon briefly left the game when he took a big hit.

Dallas improved to 8-2-2 against the Pacific Division.

"We feel real good about it," Stars coach Lindy Ruff said. "We did a lot of good things tonight. We knew with the defense we had, young defense, we were going to have to weather a little bit of the storm. But I thought after we got through the first period, we really played good hockey."

Justin Williams scored his team-leading 13th goal in the first period for L.A. Williams has three goals and two assists in two games against the Stars this season.

1st2nd3rdT
DAL
LAK
Scoring Summary
1st Period
02:28LAK Justin Williams (13) Backhand shot - ASST: Anze Kopitar (20), Drew Doughty (14) 1 - 0 LAK
03:48DAL Tyler Seguin (19) Wrist shot - ASST: Jamie Benn (20), Maxime Fortunus (1) 1 - 1 Tie
06:10DAL Jamie Benn (11) Backhand shot - ASST: NONE 2 - 1 DAL
16:48LAK Jarret Stoll (5) Slapshot - ASST: Justin Williams (12), Trevor Lewis (1) 2 - 2 Tie
2nd Period
05:07DAL PPG - Valeri Nichushkin (7) Slapshot - ASST: Tyler Seguin (18), Jamie Benn (21) 3 - 2 DAL
3rd Period
15:12DAL Cody Eakin (8) Slapshot - ASST: Ryan Garbutt (5) 4 - 2 DAL
18:51DAL EN - Shawn Horcoff (4) ASST: NONE 5 - 2 DAL
Three Stars of the Game
Jamie Benn
1st
G: 1Shots: 2
A: 2Hits: 1
PTS: 3PIM: 5
+/-: 2TOI: 15:38
Justin Williams
2nd
G: 1Shots: 3
A: 1Hits: 1
PTS: 2PIM: 0
+/-: 0TOI: 15:47
Tyler Seguin
3rd
G: 1Shots: 2
A: 1Hits: 0
PTS: 2PIM: 0
+/-: 1TOI: 17:36
Penalty Summary
1st Period
01:11DAL Vernon Fiddler  Hooking against  Robyn Regehr
01:22LAK Jarret Stoll  Holding the stick against  Antoine Roussel
2nd Period
03:41LAK Jarret Stoll  Interference against  Kevin Connauton
06:33LAK Robyn Regehr  Hi-sticking against  Rich Peverley
15:23LAK Matt Greene  Holding against  Ryan Garbutt
19:27LAK Robyn Regehr  Fighting (maj) against  Jamie Benn
19:27DAL Jamie Benn  Fighting (maj) against  Robyn Regehr
3rd Period
11:28DAL Alex Goligoski  Tripping against  Trevor Lewis
shots by period
PeriodDALLAK
1st413
2nd149
3rd610
Total2332
Team Stats
CategoryDALLAK
Power Plays1/40/2
Hits1834
Faceoff Wins2427
Giveaways1213
Takeaways53
Blocked Shots1211
Penalty Minutes913
  • DALLAS
  • LOS ANGELES
#skatersPosGA+/-SPIMTOI
4B. DillonD0000025:32
10S. HorcoffC1012014:40
13R. WhitneyL0011011:53
14J. BennL1222515:38
16R. GarbuttL0112014:34
17R. PeverleyC00-10014:17
20C. EakinC1014016:13
21A. RousselL0001015:26
22C. SceviourC0001014:43
23K. ConnautonD0010016:48
24J. BennD0021015:51
33A. GoligoskiD0000223:53
36C. GaunceD0002016:32
38V. FiddlerC0011215:05
43V. NichushkinR1014015:17
72E. ColeL00-10015:45
73M. FortunusD0110016:17
91T. SeguinC1112017:36
#GoaliesSvSASv%TOI
32K. Lehtonen3032.93860:00
#skatersPosGA+/-SPIMTOI
2M. GreeneD0021215:18
6J. MuzzinD00-14022:06
8D. DoughtyD01-22024:21
10M. RichardsC00-23014:56
11A. KopitarC0111017:59
13K. CliffordL00-11012:09
14J. WilliamsR1103015:47
17D. CarcilloL0000010:02
22T. LewisC0111015:16
24C. FraserC00-13010:34
26S. VoynovD00-34021:47
27A. MartinezD0023017:40
28J. StollC10-21417:29
44R. RegehrD00-20719:07
71J. NolanC00-11010:14
73T. ToffoliC0001014:30
74D. KingL00-12016:26
77J. CarterC00-11017:41
#GoaliesSvSASv%TOI
31M. Jones1923.82659:12