You've got to hand it to
The ultimate contrarian.
The Kings were coming off their eighth win in their last 11 games — including a tightly contested one against the rival Ducks — and Sutter decided to make a few changes.
It would be simplistic to say they worked and directly led to the Kings' 3-2 win over the
Lucic was aided by a screen from linemate Tyler Toffoli and Stars forward
"It felt like a five-man cycle," Lucic said. "Everyone was touching the puck and moving it around. Right now, when we're out there on the ice, we're feeling pretty good, pretty confident and using each other in the right way.
"That was another example of it and it ends up turning into the game-winning goal."
Just before applying pressure that led to the Lucic goal, the Kings had survived a sustained attack from the Stars' top line of
Muzzin's point streak, a career best, has reached eight games. It is the longest for a Kings defenseman since
Lucic, who scored his first goal since Dec. 31, recorded his 12th of the season. He had 18 goals in 81 games with the
For the changes Sutter put in place, the Kings went back to their tried and true playbook, the same formula giving them a nice cushion in leading the
That would be: lean on the likes of star center Kopitar and defenseman
It was 2-2 after two periods and the Kings were able to get Quick a lead in the third period as he held on in a back-and-forth final 20 minutes. Quick faced 29 shots overall and 11 in third period.
Of the Kings' 29 victories this season, Quick has 26.
The other Kings goals, both in the first period, came from center Vinny Lecavalier, on the power play, and Doughty.
Lecavalier, acquired from the Philadelphia Flyers earlier this month, has scored three power-play goals in the last three games.
"I think a lot of people wondered what he was going to bring to this team," Lucic said. "A lot of questions marks with him coming in. But you can tell he's having fun again.
"The coaches have put him in a position to succeed and obviously that's something he's earned.
"He's been a great player for a long time in this league. For whatever reason, it wasn't really going for him in Philadelphia. He kind of gets rejuvenated here with the trade and he's playing with some great players and making the most of his time on the [power play].
The modifications Sutter made were not minor.
He moved center
Kings center Nick Shore, who had been a healthy scratch in three of their last five games, was back in the lineup against Dallas, playing with Andy Andreoff and right wing