Penalties seemed to come in bunches in the first period tonight, and the Kings and Dallas Stars ended up with a five-on-three power play. Each capitalized on that advantage, leaving them even at 1-1 after one period.
Dustin Brown scored the Kings’ first goal — his team-leading fifth of the season — after a long shot by defenseman Jack Johnson had caromed off the crossbar. Brown was alone by the left post to nudge the rebound past goalie Kari Lehtonen at 3:30.
The Stars responded with their own power-play score while Justin Williams was serving a hooking penalty and Jarret Stoll was serving a boarding penalty. Proving that the Kings aren’t the only team prone to overpassing the puck, the Stars moved the puck around the Kings’ zone before Loui Eriksson dug it out and passed it back to Brad Richards, whose 40-foot shot sailed past Jonathan Quick at 16:02.
Defenseman Jake Muzzin, added to the Kings' lineup in place of Peter Harrold, played five minutes and three seconds in the period, including 1:06 of power-play time. He didn’t have any shots but he was credited with two hits.
More later at www.latimes.com/sports
--Helene Elliott, reporting from Dallas
Photo: Kings center Anze Kopitar and Stars left wing Jamie Benn hit the ice after colliding in pursuit of a loose puck in the first period Thursday night in Dallas. Credit: Tony Gutierrez / Associated Press