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Kings get back on winning track

Tuesday, 08.16.2011 / 5:16 AM

NHL.com

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Kings get back on winning track
Los Angeles Kings 4, Dallas Stars 1

Ryan Smyth helped the Los Angeles Kings put an end to a three-game losing streak on Monday night.

The gritty forward scored and added two assists during a three-goal second period as L.A. got back on the right track with a 4-1 win against the Dallas Stars at the American Airlines Center.

The victory was just what the doctor ordered for the Kings, who needed a team of them over the past week as several players battled flu-like symptoms.

''We turned the corner (Sunday) with all the flu,'' Los Angeles coach Terry Murray said. ''We looked a little road-weary in the last 10 minutes of the first period, then we had a very good second period.''

Jamie Benn scored the lone goal for Dallas, which came with 2:42 remaining in the first period on a gorgeous wrist shot off the left wing that beat Jonathan Quick to the far side.

But the Kings responded with arguably their best period of the season in the second, when they outshot the Stars 18-4. Smyth tied the game via the power play at the 5:17 mark on his sixth goal.

''I thought we started out on a really good road trip, then we went into a little funk,'' said Smyth, as L.A. opened the trip with wins in St. Louis and Long Island before dropping three in a row. ''To end it off like this gives us some confidence going back home.''

Los Angeles then jumped out to a two-goal lead as Justin Williams and Anze Kopitar scored just 2:33 apart. Williams made it 2-1 on a deflection at 13:26 before Kopitar beat Marty Turco for his fifth goal of the season with 4:01 left in the second.

''I thought just that we needed one goal to break through,'' Williams said. ''They were up 1-0 and being stingy and we had not much going on. But we got one goal, and then two more.''

Wayne Simmonds iced the victory for the Kings with an empty-net goal with 1:37 left in regulation.

Dallas (3-2-3) went 0-for-4 on the power play, while the Kings converted once on five chances.

"We just keep trying to work on the consistency factor," Stars coach Marc Crawford said. "We had 10 minutes in the second period where we really lost our focus, and it ended up costing us the game."  

-- Brian Compton, NHL.com

Material from wire services and broadcast media was used in this report.


scoring summary
1st Period
17:18
DAL
Jamie Benn (2) Wrist shot - ASST: Brenden Morrow (4), Nicklas Grossmann (2)
1 - 0 DAL
2nd Period
05:17
LAK
PPG - Ryan Smyth (6) Tip-in - ASST: Dustin Brown (4), Jarret Stoll (6)
1 - 1 Tie
13:26
LAK
Justin Williams (3) Tip-in - ASST: Matt Greene (3), Ryan Smyth (6)
2 - 1 LAK
15:59
LAK
Anze Kopitar (5) Wrist shot - ASST: Justin Williams (6), Ryan Smyth (7)
3 - 1 LAK
3rd Period
18:23
LAK
EN - Wayne Simmonds (2) Backhand shot - ASST: Dustin Brown (5)
4 - 1 LAK
penalty summary
1st Period
03:29
DAL
James Neal  Hooking against  Anze Kopitar
09:02
DAL
Brenden Morrow  Interference against  Anze Kopitar
11:24
LAK
Jack Johnson  Tripping against  Brenden Morrow
18:53
LAK
Teddy Purcell  Holding the stick against  Brian Sutherby
2nd Period
03:01
DAL
Nicklas Grossmann  Tripping against  Justin Williams
03:24
DAL
Stephane Robidas  Delay of game
08:30
LAK
Sean O'Donnell  Slashing against  Toby Petersen
18:29
DAL
Nicklas Grossmann  Tripping against  Dustin Brown
3rd Period
06:49
LAK
Davis Drewiske  Holding against  Fabian Brunnstrom
goalie stats
Jonathan Quick
SA: 30TOI: 60:00
Saves: 29EV: 20 - 21
PIM: 0PP: 9 - 9
SV%: .967SH: 0 - 0
Marty Turco
SA: 31TOI: 59:47
Saves: 28EV: 18 - 20
PIM: 0PP: 8 - 9
SV%: .903SH: 2 - 2