Stars extend win streak to five, edge Kings, 2-1
LOS ANGELES — Jamie Benn and Blake Comeau scored 37 seconds apart during the second period as the Dallas Stars extended their winning streak to five with a 2-1 victory over the Los Angeles Kings on Wednesday night.
Dallas has come from behind for all the wins on its current streak, and this was only the second time the Stars didn’t trail going into the third period.
Benn scored on a power play at 14:46 of the second to tie it 1-all when he had an open net after goalie Jonathan Quick lost his balance. Quick was expecting a shot from Tyler Seguin, but the center faked and passed to Benn, who put home his 10th of the season.
Comeau then quickly gave the Stars the lead when he retrieved a loose puck in the neutral zone, skated into the Kings zone and fired a slap shot from the right circle that went in off the post for his sixth.
Anton Khudobin gave up a goal to Anze Kopitar on the Kings’ first shot before making 30 saves. Quick stopped 30 shots for Los Angeles, which has dropped three straight and six of eight.
Kopitar opened the scoring 2:01 into the game with a one-timer off a cross-ice pass from Tyler Toffoli for his 16th goal of the season.
It was Kopitar’s 328th goal in 14 seasons with Los Angeles, moving him past Bernie Nicholls for fourthmost in franchise history.
NOTES: Kings LW Alex Iafallo extended his point streak to eight games with the secondary assist on Kopitar’s goal. Iafallo has nine points (four goals, five assists) during that span . ... C Blake Lizotte sustained a lower-body injury, the Kings said.