The Kings returned from the Olympic break on a positive note winning 5-1 in Dallas. The Kings jumped out to a 4-0 lead before Mike Riberio scored a power play goal early in the third to put the Stars on the board. The score stayed that way until Anze Kopitar scored with six seconds left in regulation to make it 5-1.
Maybe it was the frustration of being left off the Russian Olympic team but Alexander Frolov had a big night with a goal and two helpers, while Doughty registered three assists fresh off his gold medal win and Johnson added a pair of his assists fresh off his silver medal performance.
Marc-Andre Cliché, although held without a point, went +1 tonight, seeing &;23 of total ice time. Maybe the most important point to come from tonight’s win was Jonathan Quick setting a new Kings record for most wins by a Kings goalie in one season. Quick set the mark with his 36th win breaking Mario Lessard’s record, which was set way back during the 1980-81 season.
If the Kings suffered from the long layoff, it certainly didn’t show as they dominated the Stars by controlling and moving the puck with such ease. With the win, the Kings picked up their 20th road win of the season (2nd overall behind San Jose) and improve to 80 points, which is good enough, for the time being, for 4th in the Western Conference, depending on the outcome of tonight’s Coyotes/Blues game.
As big as tonight’s win was, it’s back to business as the Kings look ahead to their next game Thursday night in Nashville to take on the Predators. It’s a 8pm EST start (5pm PST).