DALLAS -- The group of older men stood just outside of the Los Angeles Kings' locker room, some wearing the jerseys of their sons, all wearing the proud smile of a father.
One by one, the sons came out to greet them in suits.
It almost felt like a graduation reception, somewhat fitting after the Kings finished schooling the Dallas Stars with a strict defensive game Tuesday at American Airlines Center.
The Kings nodded to their fathers, along on this trip, by shutting down the fourth-highest scoring team in the Western Conference, 3-0, behind Darcy Kuemper's 28 saves and a thorough job by the line of Anze Kopitar on the Stars' top line centered by Jamie Benn.
"I think the desperation of playing a team ahead of us in the standings really brought the best out of us tonight," Kuemper said. (It was) against a top line that's as dangerous as any line in the league and we hardly gave them anything tonight."
The Kings even produced some souvenir pucks for their fathers. Paul LaDue scored his first NHL goal and Drew Doughty his 100th career goal to pass Steve Duchesne for second on the Kings' all-time defensemen scoring list, behind now-general manager Rob Blake.
"Now I've got to catch Blakey," Doughty said.
Doughty's father, Paul, joked that he had waited three weeks for his son to score No. 100.
"He's the one that made me aware that I was at 99, actually," Drew said. "I had no idea. He's obviously is really happy about that and to do it for him while he's here is awesome."
Kings coach John Stevens won his matchup against longtime mentor Ken Hitchcock, who continually sent out Benn, Radulov and Tyler Seguin against Kopitar, Alex Iafallo and Tyler Toffoli. The Benn line was on the ice for both of the Kings' even-strength goals.