Alec Martinez scored 1:20 into overtime and the Los Angeles Kings beat the Dallas Stars 4-3 on Thursday night.
Martinez’s wrist shot from the slot went past a screen by Tanner Pearson to beat Stars goalie Kari Lehtonen. The Kings had lost their first three games. Dallas fell to 2-1-1.
Dallas’ Jason Spezza tied the game at 3 with 2:07 left in regulation with a shot from the left faceoff circle that beat Kings goalie Peter Budaj.
Los Angeles’ Nic Dowd scored the game’s first goal, the first of his NHL career, on the power play in the first period.
The Kings took a one-goal lead twice more during a second period that included two fights and 10 penalties for 34 minutes. Jeff Carter and Pearson scored and assisted on each other’s goal.
Goals by Dallas’ Radek Faksa and Jamie Benn had tied the game. Lehtonen made 35 saves. Budaj had 17. Martinez had an assist on Carter’s goal. Spezza had a goal and an assist, and teammate Tyler Seguin assisted twice.
To set up Dowd’s goal at 8:18 of the first period, Dustin Brown passed from the left side to Tom Gilbert on the right. His pass found Dowd low in the left faceoff circle.
Faksa tied the game at 11:40. With Budaj out of the net, Spezza corralled the puck behind the goal line and passed out to Faksa in the right circle.
Carter scored from the top of the slot at 1:24 of the second period, but Benn tied the game again at 2 with a shot into the upper left corner from the left circle at 5:00. Each team killed four minutes of penalties in the second period. Los Angeles outshot the Stars 18-7 in the second.
NOTES: Dallas lost two wings to injury in the second period: Patrick Sharp with concussion-like symptoms and Patrick Eaves with a lower-body injury. . Los Angeles D Brayden McNabb was involved in both second-period fights. Stars LW Antoine Roussel received 16 penalty minutes for his role in the first altercation, and totaled 18 minutes for the game. He had 565 PIM in his first 3 1/2 seasons but none in the first three games this season.
Stars: The second game of a three-game homestand will be on Saturday against Columbus.
First Period—1, LA, Dowd 1 (Gilbert, Brown), 8:18 (pp). 2, DAL, Faksa 1 (Spezza), 11:40. Penalties—Hamhuis, DAL, (interference), 7:06; Sharp, DAL, (roughing), 16:57.
Second Period—3, LA, Carter 1 (Martinez, Pearson), 1:24. 4, DAL, Benn 2 (Klingberg, Seguin), 5:00 (pp). 5, LA, Pearson 3 (Setoguchi, Carter), 19:33. Penalties—King, LA, (hooking), 3:09; Roussel, DAL, served by Ritchie, (roughing), 5:45; Roussel, DAL, served by Ritchie, (roughing), 5:45; Roussel, DAL, (unsportsmanlike conduct), 5:45; Roussel, DAL, Misconduct (misconduct), 5:45; Mcnabb, LA, (roughing), 5:45; Mcnabb, LA, Major (fighting), 10:39; Oleksiak, DAL, Major (fighting), 10:39; Doughty, LA, (slashing), 10:39; Shore, LA, (tripping), 12:40.
Third Period—6, DAL, Spezza 2 (Shore, Seguin), 17:53. Penalties—Klingberg, DAL, (interference), 1:01; Roussel, DAL, (unsportsmanlike conduct), 5:48; Doughty, LA, (tripping), 11:10.
Overtime—7, LA, Martinez 1 (Toffoli), 16:20. Penalties—None.
Shots on Goal—Los Angeles 8-18-12-1—39. Dallas 8-7-5—20. Power-play opportunities—Los Angeles 1 of 6; Dallas 1 of 4. Goalies—Los Angeles, Budaj 1-0-0 (20 shots-17 saves). Dallas, Lehtonen 1-1-1 (39-35). A—18,532 (18,532). T—2:44.