The Dallas Stars picked up an important point Sunday night in Los Angeles but they couldn’t get two, falling 4-3 in overtime to the Los Angeles Kings at Staples Center. Jeff Carter scored with 52 seconds remaining in the extra period for the Kings, who won their sixth straight home game. The Stars, who lost for the third time in the last four games (1-2-1), remained in tenth place in the Western Conference and fell to three points behind Columbus, which is in eighth place.
Loui Eriksson, Antoine Roussel and Alex Goligoski scored for the Stars. Kari Lehtonen stopped 27 of 31 shots.
Daley, MacDermid return
Stars defenseman Trevor Daley, who missed Friday’s game with an upper body injury, was back in the lineup Sunday. He was back in usual spot on a defense pairing with Stephane Robidas.
Left wing Lane MacDermid, who had missed the last seven games with a chest injury, also returned to the lineup. He played on the fourth line with Tom Wandell and Antoine Roussel.
With Daley and MacDermid returning, defenseman Jordie Benn and forward Matt Fraser were healthy scratches.
Eriksson finally finds the net
Stars forward Loui Eriksson, who has had his issues scoring recently, found the back of the net Sunday. He scored off a rebound of a Ray Whitney shot in the second period to cut Los Angeles’ lead to 2-1 in the game. It was just the second goal in the last 17 games for Eriksson.
Roussel leaves game briefly after hit by Brown
Stars forward Antoine Roussel was knocked out the game briefly with 3:34 left in the third period when he was he was hit in the head by Kings captain Dustin Brown at the Los Angeles blue line. Roussel was down the ice a bit before he headed to the locker room on his own power. He was back on the bench for the start of overtime. There was no penalty called on the play.
The Kings struck first, scoring 5:06 into the game to take a 1-0 lead. Dustin Penner circled out from behind the Dallas goal, put a puck on net, Mike Richards knocked down the puck and then roofed a backhand shot over Kari Lehtonen from close range.
The Kings went on the power play 12 seconds later when Stars forward Reilly Smith was called for goaltender interference. But the Stars killed it off to keep it a 1-0 game.
The Kings went on their second power play at 9:11 after Stars defenseman Brenden Dillon headed to penalty box for interference. The Dallas penalty kill came up big again to keep it a one-goal game.
The Stars went on their first power play at the 12:53 mark when Kings defenseman Drew Doughty was called hold for holding Ryan Garbutt as he drove the Los Angeles net off the rush. But the Stars couldn’t take advantage.
The Stars went on another power play with 3:27 left in the period, but it didn’t last long because Erik Cole took a holding penalty 36 into it.
The Stars had a chance 1:35 into the second period, but Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick stopped Loui Eriksson as he broke in all alone on net.
The Kings extended their lead to 2-0 when Dustin Brown beat Lehtonen with a shot from the right circle at the 4:12 mark.
But the Stars answered 20 seconds later when a Ray Whitney shot from just inside the blue line was blocked and the puck ended up on the stick of Eriksson, who whipped the puck past Quick from the right circle at the 4:32 mark.
The Kings went on their fourth power play a little more than a minute later, but the Stars were able to kill it off to keep it a 2-1 game.
The Stars came close to scoring after the kill, but Quick came up with a sharp save on a close range bid by Whitney.
Quick came up big came again at the 10:31 mark, stopping a Reilly Smith shot from the right circle.
The Kings went on their fifth power play of the game with 9:25 left in the period. Eric Nystrom had a good shorthanded bid, but was stopped by Quick. Lehtonen had a couple of saves for the Stars as they killed off the Kings power play, and then Dallas went on its third power play when Penner went to the box for goaltender interference.
Quick was sharp again for the Kings, including a nice stop on a close range backhand attempt by Stars center Vernon Fiddler.
The Stars tied the game with an even strength goal with 5:06 remaining when Alex Goligoski put the puck towards the goal from the point, Ryan Garbutt deflected it and Antoine Roussel put in the net to make it a 2-2 game. The Kings argued that Garbutt played the puck with a high stick, but to no avail. The officials discussed it and the goal stood.
Eriksson had a chance to put the Stars up with one minute left in the period. With Quick down in the crease, Eriksson’s shot hit the side of the net.
The Kings thought they had scored ten seconds into the third period when Jarret Stoll backhanded a shot on goal, Stars defenseman Aaron Rome collided with Lehtonen and the puck went into net. But the referee ruled no goal.
Just 33 seconds later the Stars took the lead when Alex Goligoski grabbed the rebound of a Smith shot and put the puck into an open net and the Stars were up 3-2.
The Kings went on their sixth power play at the 2:22 mark when Dillon was called for roughing, and the Kings cashed into tie the game. Dustin Brown banged home the rebound of a Jeff Carter shot and it was a 3-3 game at the 2:59 mark of the third.
The Stars went on the power play with just under 14 minutes left, but the Stars couldn’t take advantage.
The Stars lost Roussel with 3:34 left in regulation when he was hit in the head by Brown. There was no penalty call on the play. Roussel went to the locker room but returned to the bench for the beginning of overtime.
The Kings dominated the overtime period and had some great chances. They final cashed in when Richards put a shot on net from the left wing and Jeff Carter deflected it past Lehtonen with 52 seconds remaining in the extra period.
Injured: Alex Chiasson (shoulder)
Scratched: Jordie Benn, Matt Fraser