KINGS Vs WILD Backup Jonathan Bernier turned aside 26 shots for his first shutout of the season to lift visiting Los Angeles over Minnesota.
Justin Williams and Anze Kopitar had a goal and an assist apiece to help the Kings climb into a tie with Dallas Stars and Colorado Avalanche for the No. 8 spot in the Western Conference.
Dwight King and Alec Martinez also tallied and Dustin Brown and Matt Greene contributed two assists apiece as Los Angeles won for only the second time in seven games.
Bernier had 10 saves in each of the first two periods en route to his fifth career shutout and second against Minnesota.
Williams triggered a three-goal first period when a shot by Slava Voynov deflected off his body and past Niklas Backstrom only 44 seconds into the game.
King doubled the lead by redirecting a centering pass from Kopitar nine minutes later, and Kopitar ended a nine-game goalless drought by tapping a shot into an open net with 1:22 left in the period.
Martinez supplied the only goal of the second period to give Los Angeles a commanding 4-0 lead.
GAME NOTEBOOK: The Kings, who entered with a league-low 130 goals, had been limited to one goal or fewer in eight of the previous 12 games. The four-goal outburst allowed them to surpass the Wild, who came in with 133 goals. … Bernier won for the first time since Jan. 9. It was only his second start since that victory. He also blanked the Wild in Minnesota on Feb. 1, 2011.
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Los Angeles 4, Dallas 2
Sunday, February 12, 2012 6:00 PM
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Rookies Jordan Nolan and Dwight King scored their first NHL goals and the Los
Angeles Kings ended their season-long road trip on a high-note with a 4-2 win
over the Dallas Stars on Sunday.
Justin Williams secured the win by scoring his 11th goal of the season into
an empty net to help the Kings go 2-3-1 on their trip.
Nolan, playing in just his second career game, one-timed a no-look backhand
pass from Mike Richards behind the net at 11:29 of the third period that stood
as the game-winner.
Earlier in the third, Michael Ryder scored his 21st of the season to pull
Dallas even at 2-2.
Andrei Loktionov gave the Kings a 2-0 lead with a power-play tally at 8:21 of
the middle frame when he redirected a Jack Johnson point shot. It was his second
goal in as many nights.
Loui Eriksson put the Stars on the board with his 18th of the season at 13:22
of the second period when he tapped in an Alex Goligoski pass. It was Eriksson’s
first goal in 10 games.
King, playing in his eighth NHL contest, scored at 8:54 of the first period
when he buried a rebound off a Justin Williams shot after Anze Kopitar forced a
turnover behind the net to start the play.
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