Veterans lead Kings past Stars

Alex Kinkopf  - LAKings.com | Sunday, 10.20.2013 / 2:05 AM

LOS ANGELES, CA – Call it a triumphant return home, as the Kings clicked on all cylinders from start to finish in tonight’s 5-2 victory over the Dallas Stars at STAPLES Center. The offense that struggled to score during their four game road-swing through the Southeast suddenly came back to life en rout to a commanding win – which is their fifth victory in their last six games.

Justin Williams and Anze Kopitar chimed in with three points apiece, Jake Muzzin notched two assists in his return to Darryl Sutter’s lineup, and Kyle Clifford tallied his first goal of the young season.

Add sound defense and yet another solid performance (21 saves) from Jonathan Quick into the mix, and that completes the positive, and rather impressive performance from this Kings club tonight.

As difficult as it is to believe, tonight’s win was only the second one in regulation this season for the Kings. Four of their six wins have come in extra time; three of them in the shootout round, and one in overtime.

The Kings were also able to get off the powerplay schneid, finally scoring a goal on the man-advantage for the first time in their last 15 opportunities, and for the first time since October 9th against the Ottawa Senators.

WILLY-NILLY: The Kings’ offensive outburst tonight was ignited by Justin Williams and his two first-period goals. He came strikingly close to burying his third for a hat trick, but to no avail. Williams’ most impressive play of the night, however, was his magnificent pass to Drew Doughty that led the pinching defenseman to a beautiful position to score the Kings’ third goal of the night, and the eventual game-winner.

WHERE THE HEART IS: The boys are sticking around town for a bit, with seven of their next eight games slated to be played on home ice at STAPLES Center. The Kings are 2-1-0 on home ice so far this season.

PACIFIC STRETCH: Beginning Monday night with a date against the Calgary Flames, the Kings will see a Pacific Division opponent in each of their next five contests, a stretch that will start to develop gaps in points between teams in the division as the season continues to carry on.

Scoring Summary
1st Period
08:49DAL Tyler Seguin (4) ASST: Jamie Benn (6), Rich Peverley (2) 1 - 0 DAL
16:31LAK Justin Williams (3) ASST: Jake Muzzin (2), Anze Kopitar (6) 1 - 1 Tie
19:32LAK PPG - Justin Williams (4) ASST: Anze Kopitar (7), Drew Doughty (1) 2 - 1 LAK
2nd Period
08:13DAL Rich Peverley (2) ASST: Jamie Benn (7), Tyler Seguin (6) 2 - 2 Tie
3rd Period
04:42LAK Drew Doughty (2) ASST: Justin Williams (1), Anze Kopitar (8) 3 - 2 LAK
13:02LAK Kyle Clifford (1) ASST: Matt Greene (1), Jake Muzzin (3) 4 - 2 LAK
19:30LAK EN - Matt Greene (2) ASST: NONE 5 - 2 LAK
Three Stars of the Game
Justin Williams
Justin Williams
G: 2Shots: 5
A: 1Hits: 0
PTS: 3PIM: 0
+/-: 1TOI: 17:15
Anze Kopitar
Anze Kopitar
G: 0Shots: 4
A: 3Hits: 1
PTS: 3PIM: 0
+/-: 1TOI: 19:08
Drew Doughty
Drew Doughty
G: 1Shots: 4
A: 1Hits: 1
PTS: 2PIM: 0
+/-: 1TOI: 22:19
Penalty Summary
1st Period
05:16LAK Jake Muzzin  Interference against  Erik Cole
10:16LAK Dwight King  Hooking against  Erik Cole
12:47DAL Trevor Daley  Holding against  Jeff Carter
12:47LAK Daniel Carcillo  Fighting (maj) against  Antoine Roussel
12:47DAL Antoine Roussel  Fighting (maj) against  Daniel Carcillo
19:00DAL Stephane Robidas  Interference against  Dwight King
2nd Period
00:51LAK Daniel Carcillo  Unsportsmanlike conduct
00:51DAL Brenden Dillon  Unsportsmanlike conduct
03:37LAK Kyle Clifford  Hi-sticking against  Jordie Benn
12:52LAK Dustin Brown  Hi-sticking against  Jordie Benn
16:43LAK Dustin Brown  Interference against  Jordie Benn
17:36DAL Cody Eakin  Hi-sticking against  Robyn Regehr
3rd Period
shots by period
Team Stats
Power Plays0/51/3
Faceoff Wins3235
Blocked Shots186
Penalty Minutes1317
3S. RobidasD00-12217:55
4B. DillonD00-12217:43
6T. DaleyD0000219:01
10S. HorcoffC00-10012:14
12A. ChiassonR00-22019:09
13R. WhitneyL00-21019:20
14J. BennL0206019:18
16R. GarbuttC0000011:13
17R. PeverleyC1102018:29
20C. EakinC00-13217:30
21A. RousselL000158:39
24J. BennD0012017:16
33A. GoligoskiD00-13020:03
38V. FiddlerC000009:04
43V. NichushkinR00-11016:14
55S. GoncharD00-11017:19
72E. ColeL00-12014:35
91T. SeguinC1101020:18
30D. Ellis2933.87958:08
2M. GreeneD1122018:28
6J. MuzzinD0211214:06
8D. DoughtyD1114022:19
10M. RichardsC0001017:09
11A. KopitarC0314019:08
13K. CliffordL101329:30
14J. WilliamsR2115017:15
17D. CarcilloL00-1079:17
22T. LewisC0003014:39
23D. BrownR0012415:54
24C. FraserC0001011:04
26S. VoynovD00-11020:38
28J. StollC0020015:05
33W. MitchellD0000025:06
44R. RegehrD0010019:33
71J. NolanC001107:13
74D. KingL0000213:22
77J. CarterC0006018:14
32J. Quick2729.93160:00