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Kings' sons shine against Stars

Curtis Zupke, Los Angeles Times on

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"I thought they did a really good job of forcing them to play in their own zone," Stevens said of Kopitar's line. "They didn't give up odd-man rushes. They had good depth in the offensive zone."

Kuemper has stopped 58 of 59 shots in two games in place of Jonathan Quick. He said that "the guys made it so easy in front of me that it was just fun to go out there and play." His best saves came on Alexander Radulov at the start of the third period and on Brett Ritchie on a breakaway late in the game.

The pressure was eased on Kuemper three minutes into the game thanks to LaDue, who snapped a shot high from the right circle after Kopitar carried the puck through the zone and steered a pass to him. It was the first time in nine games the Kings got the game's first goal.

"It was unbelievable," LaDue said. "I played a few games last year and I couldn't get it. But it felt even better to get the win and to contribute to the win, and to have my dad (Jay) here has made it even more special."

Doughty scored on a slap shot that trickled in on the power play at 5:01 of the second period. Alec Martinez made it 3-0 just 65 seconds into the third period on a throw-it-on-net shot that eluded Stars goalie Ben Bishop and left the crowd of 17,655 glum.

Marian Gaborik was scratched because of a minor, undisclosed day-to-day injury. The Kings were also missing regulars Derek Forbort and Nick Shore. But there was no missing those who were on the ice.

 

"I think the last couple of games the commitment you can see (with) guys in the little puck battles and defensively, their awareness of where their guys are," Kuemper said. "That's how we've got to play, so we've just got to keep doing this and I think we're ready to take off if we do that."

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