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Kings whip Stars 5-2

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:50 AM

Associated Press

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Kings whip Stars 5-2
Los Angeles Kings 5, Dallas Stars 2

DALLAS (AP) - Alexei Ponikarovsky and Wayne Simmonds scored 9 seconds apart in the second period, Jonathan Quick made 30 saves, and the Los Angeles Kings beat the Dallas Stars 5-2 on Thursday night.

Dustin Brown added a power-play goal, Willie Mitchell scored short-handed, and Jack Johnson had three assists to help the Kings rebound from a 3-1 loss at Chicago on Wednesday night.

Justin Williams added an empty-netter with 1:41 left.

The Kings finished 3-2 on their trip, and have won four straight in Texas while outscoring the Stars 16-5.

Brad Richards struck on the power play and Brandon Segal also scored for Dallas. The Stars have scored only four goals in their last three games.

Kari Lehtonen stopped 11 of 15 shots before being sent to the bench in the third period as the Stars lost for the fourth time in five games, including the first three of a season-high six-game homestand.

Ponikarovsky broke a 1-all tie off a rebounds at 13:05 of the second period, and Simmonds made it 3-1 at 13:14.

Simmonds, who assisted on Ponikarovsky's goal, went in on a breakaway, crashing into Lehtonen as he scored and knocking the net off its moorings. The Stars claimed the goal shouldn't have counted.

But after a video review, the goal stood because the puck entered the net before it was dislodged.

When Mitchell scored short-handed at 4:40 of the third period to make it 4-1, Stars coach Marc Crawford hooked Lehtonen and brought in Andrew Raycroft for his first action of the season.

Quick, 4-1 for his career in Texas, made an outstanding pad save on Mike Ribeiro at 13:11 of the second period, and robbed Jamie Benn with a little over 4 minutes left in the period.

Segal's even-strength goal at 10:10 of the third period pulled Dallas to 4-2.

The Kings capitalized 11 seconds into a 5-on-3 advantage on Brown's close-range goal at 3:30 of the opening period.

The Stars took advantage of a 5 on 3 of their own at 16:03 of the first period when Richards' shot from the left point got past a screened Quick to tie it at 1.

NOTES: Stars rookie D Philip Larsen made his season debut and got his second career assist. Larsen was brought up from Texas of the AHL to fill in for Stephane Robidas, serving an automatic one-game league suspension after drawing his second boarding major in 41 games Tuesday night in a loss to Anaheim. Larsen, who played two games for Dallas last season, was on the top defensive pairing with Nicklas Grossman. ... Kings D Drew Doughty remains out while he recovers from a concussion, with no timetable for his return.

scoring summary
1st Period
03:30
LAK
PPG - Dustin Brown (5) ASST: Jack Johnson (5), Anze Kopitar (6)
1 - 0 LAK
16:02
DAL
PPG - Brad Richards (3) ASST: James Neal (5), Loui Eriksson (3)
1 - 1 Tie
2nd Period
13:05
LAK
Alexei Ponikarovsky (2) ASST: Wayne Simmonds (3), Jack Johnson (6)
2 - 1 LAK
13:14
LAK
Wayne Simmonds (3) ASST: Jack Johnson (7), Rob Scuderi (1)
3 - 1 LAK
3rd Period
04:40
LAK
SHG - Willie Mitchell (1) ASST: Jarret Stoll (4)
4 - 1 LAK
10:10
DAL
Brandon Segal (1) ASST: Brian Sutherby (1), Philip Larsen (1)
4 - 2 LAK
18:19
LAK
EN - Justin Williams (4) ASST: Davis Drewiske (3), Willie Mitchell (4)
5 - 2 LAK
penalty summary
1st Period
02:16
DAL
Jamie Benn  Holding the stick against  Brad Richardson
03:19
DAL
Karlis Skrastins  Slashing against  Anze Kopitar
05:47
LAK
Matt Greene  Interference against  Jamie Benn
15:05
LAK
Justin Williams  Hooking against  Loui Eriksson
15:27
LAK
Jarret Stoll  Boarding against  Philip Larsen
16:55
DAL
Steve Ott  Hooking against  Alexei Ponikarovsky
2nd Period
01:43
LAK
Matt Greene  Cross checking against  Mike Ribeiro
17:23
DAL
Brian Sutherby  Fighting (maj) against  Kyle Clifford
17:23
LAK
Kyle Clifford  Fighting (maj) against  Brian Sutherby
17:23
DAL
Nicklas Grossmann  Boarding against  Brayden Schenn
17:23
LAK
Kevin Westgarth  Roughing against  Nicklas Grossmann
18:54
LAK
Dustin Brown  Slashing against  Mark Fistric
3rd Period
04:24
LAK
Rob Scuderi  Hooking against  Mike Ribeiro
goalie stats
Jonathan Quick
SA: 32TOI: 59:58
Saves: 30EV: 18 - 19
PIM: 0PP: 12 - 13
SV%: .938SH: 0 - 0
Andrew Raycroft
SA: 8TOI: 15:14
Saves: 8EV: 7 - 7
PIM: 0PP: 0 - 0
SV%: 1.000SH: 1 - 1
Kari Lehtonen
SA: 15TOI: 43:49
Saves: 11EV: 8 - 10
PIM: 0PP: 3 - 4
SV%: .733SH: 0 - 1