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Nolan scores winner as Kings top Stars

Feb 13, 2012 - 3:28 AM Dallas, TX (Sports Network) - Jordan Nolan capped his first NHL game with his first career goal, the game-winning tally in the third period as Los Angeles doubled up Dallas, 4-2, at American Airlines Center.

Justin Williams, Dwight King and Andrei Loktionov also lit the lamp for the Kings, who closed out a six-game road trip with a victory.

Jonathan Quick stopped 26 shots for the win.

"It's good to head home with a good feeling," Nolan said. "The guys were a little bitter after the Islanders loss, but we came in here, we worked hard, had a good third period and finished it off."

Loui Eriksson and Michael Ryder scored for the Stars, who have dropped two in a row and four of six.

Kari Lehtonen allowed three goals on just 15 shots in defeat.

Nolan's milestone tally gave the visitors a 3-2 edge at the 11:29 mark of the third period.

King did most of the dirty work, winning a battle along the end boards so that Mike Richards could emerge with it in open space. Richards wheeled around and fed Nolan for a perfect one-timer from the slot.

Williams hit the clincher into an empty net in the final seconds by intercepting an errant pass at center ice and slamming the puck home from the right wing.

"We didn't start well, that's for sure," Stars head coach Glen Gulutzan said. "We gave them a goal early and had to press from behind. We obviously weren't ready to play in the beginning. We had a couple of guys not ready to go, so we had to change our matchups a little bit."

King deposited his first career goal past Lehtonen from the left side at 8:54 of the first period, sliding home a Williams rebound.

LA doubled its advantage on a power play at 8:21 of the second period, when Jack Johnson's left-point drive changed direction off Loktionov's skate and veered in.

Eriksson halved the Dallas deficit by tapping in a cross-ice feed by Alex Goligoski from the right post with 6:38 remaining. Ryder knotted the game off an Eriksson dish with 4:37 gone in the third.

Game Notes

Nolan, the son of former Sabres and Islanders head coach Ted Nolan, was the Kings' seventh-round pick in the 2009 draft. The 22-year-old totaled nine goals and 22 points with 119 penalty minutes in Manchester of the AHL prior to his call-up...King was a fourth-round selection in the 2007 draft, and had previously gone without a point in six NHL appearances last season and one this year for the Kings...Anze Kopitar picked up two assists for the victors, and Goligoski totaled two helpers for the hosts...Sunday's victory marked just the second time in their last 12 games that the Kings have scored more than three goals.