February 12, 2012
DALLAS — The Kings got some much-needed scoring from a pair of unlikely sources.
Jordan Nolan and Dwight King each had his first career goal and the Kings beat the Dallas Stars, 4-2, Sunday night in a matchup of Western Conference playoff contenders.
Andrei Loktionov contributed a power-play goal for the Kings, his second goal of the season and the sixth of his career.
With the score tied at 2-2, Nolan skated hard to the net, took Mike Richards' centering pass and fired the puck by Stars goalie Kari Lehtonen at 11:29 of the third period.
Nolan and King were called up from Manchester of the AHL on Friday. Nolan was playing in his second NHL game, King his eighth.
"It was pretty special for me and King to get our first one tonight," said Nolan, whose father, Ted, is a former NHL coach now in charge of the Latvian national team. "We're trying to work the hardest, trying to stay in the lineup."
Jonathan Quick stopped 26 shots and Anze Kopitar had two assists for the Kings, who completed a 2-3-1 trip.
Justin Williams added an empty net goal with 2.1 seconds left for the Kings, who managed only six goals in the first five games of the trip. The Kings are last in the NHL with 124 goals.
"We've struggled to score goals, obviously, so four is quite an accomplishment," Williams said. "This was a four-point game against a team right behind us in the standings. Everything seems so important at this time of the season."
The Kings have 65 points, tied with Chicago for sixth in the conference. Dallas is 11th in the West with 59 points.
Goals by King in the first period and Loktionov in the second gave the Kings a 2-0 lead, but that vanished on goals by Loui Eriksson in the second period and Michael Ryder at 4:37 of the third.
"There wasn't any panic," Williams said. "We were relaxed, in good shape, and we got two big goals from a couple of kids. They bring excitement and everyone feeds off of that. They've played great the last two games, given us a lot of spunk and a new look."