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LA Kings defeat Dallas Stars 5-2. With the return of Drew Doughty pushed back further thanks to “concussion-like symptoms,” defenseman Jack Johnson has picked up the slack making an imprint this game with three assists.

From the outset the chances didn’t look good for the Kings to post a win in Dallas. Their offense was just awful. In the first period they had only six shots-on-goal with only three on a five-on-five situation. In the first 11 minutes of the second period they were outshot by the Stars 9-1.

But in a span of nine seconds, Alexei Ponikarovsky and Wayne Simmonds scored goals 13:05 and 13:14 respectively to give the Kings the 3-1 lead. After the Ponikarovsky goal, Michal Handzus won the faceoff at center ice and Jack Johnson made a perfect pass to Simmonds who crashed the net so hard the goal had to be reviewed to see if the net came off its moorings prior to the puck crossing the goal line.

After that two-goal outburst, the Kings retreated back into their shell ending the second period being outshot 14-6. But who needs to be good when luck is on your side?

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After Rob Scuderi was sent to the box for hooking 4:24 in the third period, the Kings cleared the puck after the Stars won the faceoff. Willie Mitchell attempted to pass the puck to Handzus in front of the Stars’ net, but Philip Larsen did a favor for the Kings tipping in the puck past goalie Kari Lehtonen to give the Kings the 4-1 lead.

With the win, the Kings have a league-high 14 points and seven victories. Simmonds sustained a lower body injury at the end of the second period. He played one shift early in the third period and took himself out of the game not having his full mobility.