Desperation was replaced by relief, one emotion substituted for another.
It wasn’t the way the Kings designed it, but they had to survive giving up a late goal in regulation and a brief review of the goal scored by defenseman Alec Martinez to secure their first victory of the season.
The Martinez goal, at 1:20, stood and the Kings beat the Dallas Stars, 4-3, in overtime on Thursday night at American Airlines Center, avoiding what would have been a dubious mark. The Kings had never lost their first four games of the season. They flirted with that possibility by losing their first three games.
“Obviously not the start we wanted,”...