The team that fearlessly won three Game 7s on the road en route to claiming the
It's surprising that the Kings, so tough and resilient on the road during last season's playoffs, have only one road victory at this stage. "Yup, it is," Williams said.
He cited the team's three unsuccessful first-period power plays as a key to their struggles Saturday and said players were upset over their slow start.
"Power plays had a chance to take the game over and write a different outcome tonight, and we didn't answer the bell early," Williams said.
"It was a good job drawing them but determination and I guess just determination on the power play to have an impact on the game early, regardless of whether you were waiting or not to start the game or what excuse you might have. But we weren't ready to do it."
Dallas blazed to a 4-0 lead early in the second period on the strength of two goals by
Williams then converted a rebound for a power-play goal at 12:16 to cut Dallas' lead to 4-2.
But the Stars rebuilt their three-goal margin on a rising, power-play one-timer by defenseman
The Kings had a response to that, though, when
There it was again: success around the net, scoring gritty, work-intensive goals that didn't result from tic-tac-toe passing.
"Once we decided to go there and shoot the puck there was plenty there, kicking around waiting for us," Williams said.
He scored again, set up by
"It was a good fight back, but not the way you want to build a deficit in the first period and even in the second, with penalties," Richards said. "It's a little bit frustrating. But we came back as a team and there's things that you can build on every game."
"We've got a lot of them left. We've just got to go to work," Greene said. "We've still got two more on this trip and we've got to salvage the points that we can and do a better job of picking up points on the road."