Kings Earn More ‘Biggest Points of The Season’

Coaches and players love to tell you these are the biggest points of the season – even though two points in March count the same as two points in October.

Regardless, as Matt Greene said before the Kings current four-game road trip started, “We need points. There’s no real formula for what we’re doing right now. I think every team needs them. We just have to go out and get wins.”

And that they’re doing. Sunday’s 3-2 win in Dallas was the team’s third in a row on this trip and they’re now 10-1-3 in their last 14 games away from Staples Center.

Five points to the game:

* Jonathan Quick was strong in net most of the game, stopping 21 of 23 shots and ran his record in Dallas to an impressive 5-1.  More importantly, the win gave him a little piece of history, as he became the first Kings goalie to ever post back-to-back 30 win seasons. (pre-game story here)

* Dustin Brown made a little history himself, becoming the 18th player to play 500 games as a King.

* Dustin Penner had the second goal of the game, giving him a five game point streak (2g, 3a).

* Dallas pulled the goalie in the final minute of play, trailing 2-1.  Although that hasn’t worked all season for the Kings, it worked for the Stars when Jamie Langenbrunner tied the game at 19:17.

* Alexei Ponikarovsky has probably played his best hockey as a King over the last five to ten games and he chipped in again in a big way here, setting up Michael Handzus’ game winning goal with 21 seconds left.

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