“This is a big letdown for us”: Stars flat in loss to Kings

2016 Kings at Stars

Not exactly the way the Dallas Stars wanted to start out Tuesday night. The Los Angeles Kings got on the board 23 seconds into the game when Kris Versteeg snuck one past goalie Kari Lehtonen. Five minutes later, the Kings were on the board again. The Stars never really recovered after the slow start and lost 5-2 in front of the home crowd.

Down 2-0 in the first period, Alex Goligoski hit a knuckleball that wasn’t caught and it seemed like we might have a game again. But Anze Kopitar put on some moves in front of the Stars net before cashing in. The Kings ended up taking a 4-1 advantage early in the second period.

“We were awful with the puck tonight,” said head coach Lindy Ruff. “They came out good, we came out casual. We made the first big turnover right off the bat and just said here we are gonna give you one heck of a start to the game.”

The good news for the Stars, they still sit with the Blues at the top of the Western Conference with the Kings now two points behind them. Plus, they get a chance to wipe the slate clean Thursday against the Lightning as the current homestand continues.

* Stars Note: Lindy Ruff coached his 1,400th career game. One of only four in the NHL to coach at least 1,300 games and play at least 600.

Written C. James

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