Final OT

Series (Game 3 of 6)

Series tied 3-3

Game 1: Saturday, October 22nd
Game 2: Thursday, October 27th
Game 3: Wednesday, November 23rd
Game 4: Saturday, December 10th
Game 5: Thursday, January 12th
Game 6: Sunday, February 12th

Kings 2

(11-7-4, 26 pts)

Stars 3

(13-8-0, 26 pts)

8:30 PM ET, November 23, 2011

American Airlines Center, Dallas, Texas

1 2 3 OT T
LA 0 2 0 02
DAL 0 0 2 13

S. Ott (Stars - C): Goals: 1, Assists: 0

J. Benn (Stars - LW): Goals: 1, Assists: 1

L. Eriksson (Stars - LW): Goals: 1, Assists: 0

Kings-Stars Preview


One night after prevailing in a city where they rarely win, the Los Angeles Kings will go for another victory on a rink where they rarely lose.

Los Angeles looks to complete a perfect two-game road trip and improve to 3-0 in the season series with the Dallas Stars when the Pacific Division rivals face off Wednesday night.

The Kings (11-7-3) have dominated this series in recent years, going 15-3-2 versus Dallas (12-8-0) since the start of 2008-09. That includes the first two meetings of this season, a 1-0 Los Angeles home win Oct. 22 and a 5-3 victory five nights later that was the first home loss for the Stars.

Jonathan Quick was in net for both those victories, extending his personal winning streak over Dallas to six. He's 12-3-0 with a 1.99 lifetime goals-against average versus the Stars, the only opponent he's defeated more than eight times in his career.

Quick should be fresh for this contest after getting Tuesday night off. The Kings fared just fine without him, beating St. Louis 3-2 as backup Jonathan Bernier stopped 23 shots in only his fourth start of the season.

Willie Mitchell's first goal of the season proved the game-winner, while Mike Richards had a goal and an assist. Anze Kopitar added his team-leading 10th goal to round out the scoring for Los Angeles, which beat the Blues on the road for the third time in its last 11 tries.

Richards, acquired from Philadelphia over the summer, appears to finally be getting acclimated to his new club. He has seven goals in his last seven games after finding the net just twice in his first 14 contests with Los Angeles.

"It's nice to help the team have success," Richards said. "I think I struggled earlier (in the season).

"I think trying to get adjusted to the new team and sometimes I think you try to make too many plays when things like that happen. But I'm just trying to get the puck in the net as much as possible and starting to feel a little more comfortable with linemates and just getting pucks to the net as much as possible is the biggest thing."

The Stars had been 4-0-0 at home prior to last month's loss to the Kings, but had dropped two straight in Dallas and five in a row overall before bouncing back with a 4-1 victory over Edmonton on Monday.

Toby Petersen, Steve Ott, Michael Ryder and Radek Dvorak scored as the Stars put together a strong overall performance after being outscored 21-4 during the five-game skid.

"Hopefully now that will get our confidence back up and remove some of the doubt that creeps into your minds during those kinds of slides," said Petersen, whose goal was his first point in 14 games this season.

"Those slides are going to happen every season, but hopefully we got it out of the way early and that will be it and we'll just move forward and get back on the right track."