The Kings let one slip away.
In a game they led for all but 89 seconds, the Kings watched the Dallas Stars leap two points ahead of them in the standings on Brenden Morrow’s goal 38 seconds into overtime.
The blame was squarely pointed toward a power play that failed to convert four chances spanning 9:00 — including a three-minute major penalty after Steve Ott was penalized for spearing late in the first period.
“We need to re-focus, re-adjust — especially on the power play — and I think maybe just relax a little bit,” said Justin Williams, who had a goal and an assist. “We know we’re struggling on the power play but we need to relax out there I think a little bit with the man advantage and in turn make plays because there are a lot of guys that are really good with the puck and we need to execute that.”
Willie Mitchell and Kyle Clifford also scored goals for the Kings (36-25-5, 77 points), who got 18 saves from Jonathan Bernier. With the Kings up 3-2 at 5:20 of the third period, Bernier was burned for a short-handed goal by Jamie Benn, who stole the puck from Drew Doughty just inside the Kings blue line and skated the length of the ice before depositing the puck between Bernier’s legs.
Mike Ribeiro and Trevor Daley also scored for Dallas (36-23-7, 79 points).
Terry Murray on Bernier: “Bernier played good. He made some big stops in traffic. They got some skilled players who made things happen by the net. I thought his game was good. The goals that were scored were other parts of the game; he had no chance on some of them. He had a couple other challenging plays he made big stops on so he had a good game.”
Jarret Stoll went 10-for-10 in the faceoff circle.
Here is a video (from the Dallas feed) of the spearing call against Ott. Judge for yourself whether it merited a five-minute major and a game misconduct.
Dustin Brown: four hits, $200 for Children’s Hospital L.A.
The Kings lost for the first time when leading after two periods (now 19-0-1).
Dallas improved to 5-0-1 in its last six games, the one loss coming in overtime in Anaheim on March 4.
Williams’ assist on Mitchell’ goal in the first period was his 400th point in the NHL.