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Life on the Road photo journal: Game day in Los Angeles

A behind-the-scenes look at the Stars' fifth straight win over the Kings presented by Toyota

by Sean Berry @SeanBerryPhotog / DallasStars.com Photographer

As the Stars continue their West Coast road trip through Los Angeles, Anaheim and San Jose, take an exclusive, behind-the-scenes look at what life is like on the road through the lens of team photographer Sean Berry. For more, follow @seanberryphoto on Instagram.

Next up in the series: A comeback victory over the Kings.

 

10:15 a.m. PT

Veteran defenseman Andrej Sekera stretches in front of a large STAPLES Center marquee as the Stars prepare to take the ice for morning skate before their game later in the evening.

 

10:25 a.m. PT

Alexander Radulov and Denis Gurianov share a word with Hall of Fame defenseman Sergei Zubov. Zubov was hired by the team as its Senior Advisor to Hockey Operations last month and will have his No. 56 retired to the rafters of American Airlines Center during the 2020-21 season.

 

10:30 a.m. PT

Stars center Radek Faksa works to put the finishing touches on his stick for morning skate.

 

10:30 a.m. PT

Forward Roope Hintz and defenseman Esa Lindell chat while getting loose.

 

10:50 a.m. PT

Stars goaltender Anton Khudobin laces up his skates in the dressing room alongside forward Roope Hintz, defenseman Miro Heiskanen and others.

 

10:58 a.m. PT

Anton Khudobin heads down the long walkway toward the ice at STAPLES Center for morning skate. He is slated to be the Stars' starting goalie against the Kings, the first time this season that he has played in consecutive games.

 

11:05 a.m. PT

Alexander Radulov and captain Jamie Benn share a laugh as the Stars begin morning skate.

 

11:10 a.m. PT

Interim coach Rick Bowness goes over strategy with the group during a practice drill. Wednesday was the Stars' first game in four days and the start of a road trip that will take the team through Los Angeles, Anaheim, San Jose and Colorado before returning home on Jan. 15.

 

11:20 a.m. PT

Anton Khudobin talks with Stars goaltending coach Jeff Reese. Entering Wednesday's game, Khudobin ranked second in the NHL with a .931 save percentage and third in goals against at 2.20.

 

11:40 a.m. PT

As Alexander Radulov heads toward the dressing room, he hands his glove to Stars equipment manager Steve Sumner.

 

11:50 a.m. PT

Radek Faksa gets in a post-skate ride on an exercise bike before the team heads back to its hotel.

 

4:55 p.m. PT

Following a pregame meal, snack and some downtime for players and staff, the Stars disembark off the team bus and head inside STAPLES Center for their game ahead.

 

5:30 p.m. PT

Rookie forward Joel Kiviranta prepares for his first-ever NHL road game. The forward made his debut on Friday at American Airlines Center, firing three shots on goal in 8 minutes, 37 seconds of ice time.

 

5:45 p.m. PT

Pregame soccer helps Stars players get loose before a game.

 

6:00 p.m. PT

Joel Kiviranta, Andrew Cogliano, Taylor Fedun, Jamie Benn and Ben Bishop go through a range of exercises to get ready prior to warmup.

 

6:29 p.m. PT

Jamie Benn and Tyler Seguin high-five one another before entering the ice for pregame warmup.

 

6:35 p.m. PT

Alexander Radulov gets stretched out on the ice.

 

6:38 p.m. PT

Joe Pavelski works on his stickhandling before the watchful gaze of visiting Stars fans behind the glass in Victory Green.

 

6:40 p.m. PT

Blake Comeau tosses a puck to a lucky Stars fan behind the visiting bench.

 

6:47 p.m. PT

Always the final player to leave the ice after warmup, Tyler Seguin fist-bumps Stars fans on his way back toward the dressing room.

 

7:05 p.m. PT

The Stars stand on the bench and blue line during the National Anthem.

 

7:25 p.m. PT

The game underway, Kings defenseman Drew Doughty looks for a passing lane past Stars defenseman Roman Polak and forward Andrew Cogliano in the first period. Los Angeles scored the game's opening goal just 2:01 into the game.

 
8:36 p.m. PT

Jamie Benn is all smiles as he celebrates his 10th goal of the season, a power-play marker which tied the game 1-1 in the second period.

 

8:38 p.m. PT

Blake Comeau roars while pumping his first after putting the Stars ahead 2-1 with a blast only moments after Jamie Benn's goal. It would be all Dallas needed to seal a fifth straight victory.

 

9:40 p.m. PT

Jamie Benn hugs defenseman Jamie Oleksiak as the final horn sounds to finish the Stars' win, which pushed the team past Colorado into second place in the Central Division standings with a game in hand.

 

9:42 p.m. PT

Anton Khudobin heads off the ice following a masterful 30-save performance. After the game, interim coach Rick Bowness called his goalie's effort "fantastic."

 

9:58 p.m. PT

Meeting with reporters after the game, Tyler Seguin says while the win wasn't pretty, the Stars are happy to have "greased out two points coming off a long break for us." 

Don't miss your chance to see the Stars take on the Buffalo Sabres when they return home to American Airlines Center on Thursday, Jan. 16 at 7:30 p.m. Get your tickets now!

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