Postgame notes (10/22)

— You can check out my game story from tonight, as posted on, here: Kings beat Stars 5-4 in overtime. As always, thanks for reading!

— Anze Kopitar recorded the first hat trick of his career and, with 16 points, pulled into a tie with Alexander Ovechkin for the league lead. Last season, Kopitar didn’t record his 16th point until the Kings’ 20th game and didn’t record his eighth goal until the Kings’ 28th game.

— Ryan Smyth had a first-period assist. Kopitar and Smyth have recorded at least one point in nine of the Kings’ 10 games this season.

— Dustin Brown had two assists, giving him 201 career points for his NHL career. Brown has 24 points in 33 games against Dallas, the most points he has scored against any opponent.

— Michal Handzus scored the overtime goal, his third game-winning goal of the season.  It was his fifth career overtime goal.

— Jonathan Quick stopped 17 of 21 shots and improved to 6-3 this season.

— Alexander Frolov had two assists, three days after he was benched by coach Terry Murray.

— Wayne Simmonds had one goal and one assist.

— The Kings are now 6-1-1 in their last eight games against Dallas.

— The Kings improved to 6-4. Through 10 games last season, the Kings were 3-6-1 (they were 4-6-0 in 2007-08 and 3-5-2 in 2006-07).

— The Kings outshot the Stars 31-21, were 1 for 5 on the power play, 4 for 4 on the penalty kill (edited to fix error!) — and won 30 of 52 faceoffs. Handzus won 12 of 14 faceoffs.

— Kopitar and Smyth each had a team-high five shots on goal for the Kings. Brown had a team-high six hits.

— Jack Johnson led the Kings in ice time, at 25:03. Handzus led all Kings forwards at 23:00.

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