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Dallas 2, Los Angeles 1
When: 10:00 PM ET, Wednesday, January 8, 2020
Where: Staples Center, Los Angeles, California
Referees: Jake Brenk, Chris Rooney
Linesmen: Shandor Alphonso, Tony Sericolo
Attendance: 17129

Jamie Benn and Blake Comeau scored 37 seconds apart in the second period and the visiting Dallas Stars held on for a 2-1 win against the Los Angeles Kings on Wednesday night.

Dallas goalie Anton Khudobin, who came in second in the NHL in save percentage (.931) and third in goals-against average (2.20), made 30 saves.

Esa Lindell had two assists for the Stars, who opened the four-game trip with their fifth straight win, all since the Christmas break.

Anze Kopitar scored, and Jonathan Quick made 30 saves for the Kings, who have lost seven of nine (2-6-1).

Kings defenseman Drew Doughty was in the penalty box for slashing Benn when Tyler Seguin faked a shot from the right circle to draw Quick to the top of the crease.

Seguin quickly passed to Benn standing near the goal line to the left of Quick, who sprawled on his left side. Benn lifted the puck over Quick and into the net to tie the score 1-1 at 14:46 of the second period.

Comeau put the Stars on top 2-1 with a hard slap shot at 15:23.

Lindell lobbed a pass into the neutral zone toward Comeau and Kings defenseman Sean Walker. The puck caromed into the Los Angeles zone and Walker briefly lost sight of it, allowing Comeau room to shoot from the right circle.

Dallas outshot the Kings 19-9 in the second period.

Kopitar gave the Kings a 1-0 lead at 2:01 of the first period.

Tyler Toffoli had the puck along the wall when the Dallas defense lost track of Kopitar creeping toward the far post. Toffoli threaded a pass through to Kopitar and he scored on the one-timer, passing Bernie Nicholls for sole possession of fourth on the franchise's all-time career goals list (328).

Kings rookie forward Blake Lizotte sustained a lower-body injury on his second shift and did not return.

Dallas defenseman John Klingberg missed his second straight game with a lower-body injury.

--Field Level Media

Top Game Performances
 
Dallas   Los Angeles
Esa Lindell 2 Points Anze Kopitar 1
Jamie Benn 1 Goals Anze Kopitar 1
Esa Lindell 2 Assists Alex Iafallo 1
Jamie Benn 1 Power Play Goals N/A
N/A Short Handed Goals N/A
Anton Khudobin .968 Save Percentage Jonathan Quick .938
Anton Khudobin 30 Saves Jonathan Quick 30
Team Stats Summary
 
Team Shots Goals Power Play Penalty Kill Penalty Mins Face Offs Won
Dallas 32 2 1-2 2-2 4 24
Los Angeles 31 1 0-2 1-2 4 31
Upcoming Games
  • Los Angeles will play their next game on the road against Vegas. The Kings have a W/L % of .278 after a win and .444 after a loss.
  • Dallas will play their next game on the road against Anaheim. The Stars have a W/L % of .680 after a win and .444 after a loss.