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NHL: Kings look for more perfection with a 2-1 lead after two periods

March 7, 2011 |  9:17 pm


The Kings will put their perfect record on the line in the third period tonight at Staples Center.

Justin Williams’ extra effort gave the Kings a 2-1 lead after two periods. They are 19-0 this season when entering the third period with a lead.

Williams fired a shot on goal from the neutral zone, then beat two Dallas players to the rebound. He got off three more tries, slipping the third past goaltender Kari Lehtonen for a 2-1 Kings lead seven minutes into the second period.

Lehtonen prevented the Kings from building on a 1-0 lead earlier in the second period, making five saves on quality chances during a power play.

His efforts soon paid off. The Stars, with a man advantage, converted a textbook tic-tac-toe goal, with Mike Ribeiro getting the score. The Kings regained the lead 51 seconds later.

--Chris Foster

Photo: The Stars' Adam Burish collides with Kings goaltender Jonathan Bernier during Monday night's game at Staples Center. Credit: Stephen Dunn / Getty Images