Stars halt Jones' run in win over Kings

Alex Kinkopf  - LAKings.com | Tuesday, 12.24.2013 / 1:41 AM

LOS ANGELES, CA – In seeking perfection on their four-game home stand tonight, the Kings couldn’t pull by the Dallas Stars.

It’s been a wondrous stint at home for the Kings, who were fighting for their fourth-straight win tonight at STAPLES Center.

Justin Williams got the Kings started off on a positive note, opening the evening’s scoring with his 13th goal of the year, beating Kari Lehtonen with a back-hander just 2:28 into the game, giving the Kings an early 1-0 lead.

At this point, Dallas had yet to record a single shot on net.

The Stars recorded their first shot of the game 1:20 minutes later, and it produced their first goal. Tyler Seguin rocketed a wrister past Martin Jones, tying the game 1-1 just 3:38 into play.

Jamie Benn would make it 2-1 Dallas, beating Martin Jones 2:22 later on a well-placed backhand shot to the top-right corner.

Dallas scored twice on their first two shots of the game – both goals coming in a 2:22 minute span.

Jarret Stoll would send home a laser late in the first period to tie the contest 2-2, beating Kari Lehtonen low via a well-placed pass from Justin Williams with 3:12 remaining in the first period.

From here on out, the Stars took the stage.

Valeri Nichushkin reclaimed the lead for Dallas five minutes into the second period, with assists from linemates Jamie Benn and Tyler Seguin to give the Stars a 3-2 lead, and the eventual game-winning goal.

Dallas’ Benn-Segun-Nichushkin line was unstoppable tonight. They combined for six points (3G, 3A) against the Kings tonight.

Cody Eakin would provide the Stars with insurance, sending home a slap-shot with 4:48 remaining in regulation.

Shawn Horcroff would provide the Stars with security, sealing a Dallas win with an empty-netter with just 1:09 left on the game clock.

Martin Jones, who had an opportunity to make NHL history once again tonight, finally put in his first loss in an NHL uniform. Jones made 19 saves on 23 Dallas shots, and was facing a team that was outworking the Kings throughout the night.

Jones, with his first-ever NHL loss, is now 8-1-0 with a .953 SV% and a 1.31 GAA.

Trevor Lewis recorded his first point of the season tonight, recording an assist on Jarret Stoll’s goal late in the first period.

Justin Williams has been a noted Dallas Stars killer. Williams potted two points (1G, 1A) against Dallas tonight, and now has 27 points (13G, 14A) in 30 career games against the Dallas Stars.

With a 29-5-4 record, which is good for 54 points, the Kings now stand at third-place in the Western Conference.

The Kings will take a four-day Holiday hiatus from NHL action. They’ll travel to Nashville, Tennessee on Saturday evening for a date with the Nashville Predators at 5:00PM PST.

Scoring Summary
1st Period
02:28LAK Justin Williams (13) ASST: Anze Kopitar (20), Drew Doughty (14) 1 - 0 LAK
03:48DAL Tyler Seguin (19) ASST: Jamie Benn (20), Maxime Fortunus (1) 1 - 1 Tie
06:10DAL Jamie Benn (11) ASST: NONE 2 - 1 DAL
16:48LAK Jarret Stoll (5) ASST: Justin Williams (12), Trevor Lewis (1) 2 - 2 Tie
2nd Period
05:07DAL PPG - Valeri Nichushkin (7) ASST: Tyler Seguin (18), Jamie Benn (21) 3 - 2 DAL
3rd Period
15:12DAL Cody Eakin (8) 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
Jamie Benn
G: 1Shots: 2
A: 2Hits: 1
PTS: 3PIM: 5
+/-: 2TOI: 15:38
Justin Williams
Justin Williams
G: 1Shots: 3
A: 1Hits: 1
PTS: 2PIM: 0
+/-: 0TOI: 15:47
Tyler Seguin
Tyler Seguin
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
Team Stats
Power Plays1/40/2
Faceoff Wins2427
Blocked Shots1211
Penalty Minutes913
4B. DillonD0000025:32
10S. HorcoffC1012014:40
13R. WhitneyL0011011:53
14J. BennL1222515:38
16R. GarbuttC0112014:34
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
32K. Lehtonen3032.93860:00
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
31M. Jones1923.82659:12