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Stars hand Kings their 10th straight loss on Roope Hintz’s OT goal – Daily News

LOS ANGELES — Make that 10 consecutive defeats for the Kings.

They played hard, they played with focus and led by two goals in the first period. But when Roope Hintz scored his fifth goal of the season 3:19 into overtime, the Dallas Stars were 4-3 winners over the Kings before 18,230 on Thursday night at Staples Center.

Anze Kopitar, who scored twice for the Kings, said getting a point for all that work doesn’t take the sting out of a 10-game skid.

“I thought tonight the effort was there, but we can’t be satisfied with this – not just the effort, we’ve gotta start winning games,” he said.

The Kings (23-33-8, 54 points) began the night 15 points out of a Western Conference playoff spot, and are now 14 out with 18 games to play.

The Stars (32-27-5, 69 points) were a point out of the playoffs, but the two points put them in the first wild-card spot. Minnesota and Colorado are tied for the second wild-card spot with 68 points.

Like Kopitar, Kings interim coach Willie Desjardins liked the way his team competed.

“I thought the guys played hard,” he said. “It always is tough when you come off the road. You have a long road trip, you come back, that first game lots of times is a tough game.

“But I thought the guys came out with lots of energy, I thought they responded.”

The Kings were coming off a 6-1 loss at Carolina on Tuesday that completed a four-game trip during which the Kings went 0-3-1.

Jonathan Quick gave up all six goals in that one. He made 29 saves in this one and if he had not made an acrobatic save of a shot by Jason Dickinson with about five minutes left in regulation, the game might never have made it to overtime.

“I thought Quick made the one save for sure that was an unbelievable save,” said Desjardins, who said the save got a good reaction on the bench.

Kings defenseman Sean Walker had an opportunity to win the game in overtime, but his shot from point-blank range was stopped by Stars goaltender Anton Khudobin, who made 27 saves.

“I obviously got a good shot off, but that was pretty much all I could do,” Walker said.

Kopitar got the Kings on the board at 7:57 of the first period with his 18th goal of the season. After the Kings won a faceoff, Walker delivered a beautifully threaded pass to Kopitar in front of the net. Kopitar easily smacked it past Khudobin for a 1-0 lead.

Tyler Toffoli also had an assist.

The Kings took a 2-0 lead on a power-play goal by Brendan Leipsic (his fifth) at 13:28 of the period. Drew Doughty took a long shot and Leipsic deflected it into the net. Kopitar had the other assist.

Unfortunately for the Kings, the Stars got that one back just over a minute later when Tyler Seguin scored his 27th at 14:48 to cut the Kings’ lead to 2-1. Taylor Fedun and Ben Lovejoy assisted.

Dallas tied the score at 2-2 on Mattias Janmark’s sixth goal of the season at 6:14 of the second. Standing near the net, he took a pass from Blake Comeau and put it past Quick.

Kopitar answered, though, as he scored his second of the game and 19th of the season at 11:46. The goal came off a rebound of a shot by Toffoli, and the Kings led 3-2.

But when Radek Faksa scored his 12th of the season at 9:53 of the third period to tie the score, the table was set for another disappointment for the Kings.



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