While the final score of Sunday’s game between the Los Angeles Kings and Dallas Stars was 3-2, that makes things look much closer than they actually were. The Kings outshot the Stars 40-15 on their way to a win, and at one point held a 34-9 advantage over a Stars team that missed a golden opportunity to move closer to a playoff spot. Kings goaltender Jonathan Bernier got his eighth win of the season, but didn’t have to do much against a Stars team that managed only four shots in each of the first two periods. Sunday’s total marked the fewest shots on goal the Stars have had in a game this season and just the second time they have finished with fewer than 20.
It seems like beating a dead horse at this point to say that a lack of offense continues to hold back the Stars. The team once again wasted a solid performance in goal by Kari Lehtonen, who turned aside 37 shots in the loss. The Stars now trail the St. Louis Blues and Columbus Blue Jackets in a tight race for the eighth spot in the Western Conference. Somehow, Jamie Benn and Ray Whitney managed to each score a goal on Sunday, while Alex Goligoski had two assists. Whitney’s goal came on the power play and one of the few positives for the Stars moving forward is that they have been dominant with the man-advantage. They have scored six power play goals in the last four games, and could use that as a starting point when looking at the next four weeks.