Adrian Kempe and Arthur Kaliyev help propel Kings to 4-0 win over Stars
Jake Oettinger gave up two goals in 39 shots for the Stars, who were playing the second game of a back to back. They’ve dropped two straight following a seven-game winning streak.
Dallas’ Jason Robertson will play his first game at Staples Center, where he often went as a youth. He’s the third player of Filipino heritage in NHL history.
Kempe gave the Kings a 1-0 lead 50 seconds into the second period, scoring on a breakaway off quick passes by Dustin Brown and Phillip Danault.
Danault got the Kings out in transition after taking the puck from Roope Hintz, leading to Kempe’s fourth goal in the past five games.
Kaliyev made it 2-0 off a nice feed from Rasmus Kupari with 5:28 remaining in the third, and Arvidsson pushed the lead to 3-0 with 1:19 to go.
Athanasiou, who returned after sitting out six games in COVID-19 protocol, got the Kings’ fourth goal with 31 seconds to play.
Dallas entered as one of the hottest teams in the Western Conference, with a 9-2-0 mark in its previous 11 games. But after a disheartening 5-4 loss at Vegas on Wednesday when the Stars wasted a pair of two-goal leads, coach Rick Bowness shuffled his bottom six forwards and inserted forward Tanner Kero and defenseman Joel Hanley into the lineup.
It didn’t seem to have much of an effect early as Dallas was outshot 20-9 in the opening period. However, Quick had to make more key stops through 40 minutes for the Kings to hold their advantage.
For the Kings, it was a critical result given their erratic recent play. They had won just two of their previous 10 games, with an impressive 5-1 win at Edmonton on Sunday quickly erased by an embarrassing 4-0 loss to struggling Vancouver the next night.
The Kings went 1-4-2 on its previous homestand, so there was added importance to taking care of business during this brief two-game stint at home.
With the NHL season now in December, the Ducks and Kings appear to be on different paths. The Times’ hockey crew discusses in the latest roundtable.
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