Kings get healthy by beating Stars, 4-1
The Los Angeles
Los Angeles coach Terry Murray gave his team the day off Sunday to rest about a dozen players recovering from cases of the flu picked up during the nine-day trip that included stops along the East Coast and through the Midwest.
“We turned the corner (Sunday) with all the flu,” Murray said. “… We looked a little road-weary in the last 10 minutes of the first period, then we had a very good second period.”
Los Angeles began the road swing with wins against St. Louis and the New York
“I thought we started out on a really good road trip, then we went into a little funk,” said Smyth, one of the players who experienced flu-like symptoms. “To end it off like this gives us some confidence going back home.”
“There was a lack of desperation,”
Benn notched his second NHL goal at 17:18 of the opening period. He set up in front of the net and converted Morrow’s backhand, no-look centering pass.
In the first 3 minutes of the second period, the
Dallas had killed most of Los Angeles’ 5-on-3 power play before Smyth’s deflection with 7 seconds left on the one-man advantage tied it at 1 at 5:17 of the second period. That turned the momentum in the
Williams’ tip-in at 13:26 of the second put the
“I thought just that we needed one goal to break through,” Williams said. “They were up 1-0 and being stingy and we had not much going on. But we got one goal, and then two more.”
Kopitar gave Los Angeles a two-goal lead from the slot 2:33 later off Williams’ setup.
Quick kept the two-goal advantage intact by stopping all 15 shots he faced in the third period, and Simmonds’ empty-netter with 1:37 left clinched the win.
“We had 10 minutes in the second period when we lost our focus and it cost us the game,”
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