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The Kings power-play was awful.

“They were +1 on our power-play,” forward Justin Williams said about the Dallas Stars. “We need to refocus, readjust especially on the power-play.”

That +1 was the shorthanded burst from Jamie Benn stealing Drew Doughty’s pass to Jarret Stoll, taking it down the ice and shooting it past goaltender Jonathan Bernier at 5:20 in the third period to tie the game at 3-3.

What had been a pretty listless game by the Stars up to that point helped turn the tide to lead them to a 4-3 overtime win over the Kings.

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“You’re going into the third period in a pretty good position against a division team,” head coach Terry Murray said about the one-goal lead the Kings had after two periods. “You should be able to shut that game down.”

But the game should have been shut down before the third period.

After the rare scoring defenseman Willie Mitchell kicked off the scoring at 8:39 in the first period to give the Kings the 1-0 lead, the Kings spent all but 17 seconds of the first five minutes of the second period with the man advantage. While they managed five shots-on-goal they also allowed two shots to Dallas.

“We’re trying to do too much,” Anze Kopitar said. “We’re trying to find that perfect play instead of just maybe keeping it a little more simple.”