November 23, 2011 5:20 pm

Game 22: Stars 3, Kings 2 (FINAL, OT)

On the broadcast side, things are back to normal tonight, as Bob Miller and Jim Fox have the call on Fox Sports West. The action will also be on 1150-AM and affiliates, and all the game updates will be here as well…

OVERTIME
In goal: It’s still Quick vs. Lehtonen.
Stars 3, Kings 2: The Stars won the game 2:56 into overtime. Jack Johnson delivered a huge open-ice hit, but the puck went the other way. Steve Ott went to the net, took a pass from Stephane Robidas and beat Quick before Quick could slide across for the save.

THIRD PERIOD
In goal: It’s still Quick vs. Lehtonen.
Kings 2, Stars 1: Dallas got on the scoreboard, and halved the Kings’ lead, 2:07 into the third period. Eric Nystrom did the hard work, as he battled along the boards in the Kings’ zone, then pushed the puck to Jamie Benn in front. Benn carried the puck to the left, and Quick came out and went down to cut down the angle, but Benn scored with a high shot to cut the Kings’ lead to 2-1. Radek Dvorak also got an assist.
Kings 2, Stars 2: The Kings’ Ethan Moreau took a late tripping penalty, and the Stars tied the game with 20.3 seconds remaining in regulation, moments after the end of the power play. Off a faceoff, the Stars ended up with three skaters going to the Kings’ net, against only defenseman Matt Greene. Loui Eriksson took a short pass from Jamie Benn and beat Quick from close range to tie the game 2-2.

SECOND PERIOD
In goal: It’s still Quick vs. Lehtonen.
Kings 1, Stars 0: The Kings broke the scoreless tie 4:53 into the second period. Dustin Brown carried the puck into the Dallas zone with Andrei Loktionov on the far side, but Brown found Mike Richards trailing the play. Richards went to the net, and Lehtonen made the initial stop on Richards’ wrist shot but the puck trickled across the line to give the Kings a 1-0 lead.
Kings 2, Stars 0: Just 36 seconds later, the Kings took a 2-0 lead on Kevin Westgarth’s first career goal. Westgarth got the puck in the left circle and beat Lehtonen with a high shot to the far corner, 5:29 into the second period. Ethan Moreau got an assist as Westgarth scored his first goal in his 73rd career NHL game.
End of period: The Kings were outshot 14-8 but played a strong all-around period, scored two goals and stayed out of the penalty box.

FIRST PERIOD
In goal: It’s the Kings’ Jonathan Quick against the Stars’ Kari Lehtonen.
End of period: Both teams had good energy but some sloppy passing in a scoreless period, in which the Stars outshot the Kings 9-8. The Kings killed two penalties and have four seconds remaining on their only power play thus far.

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