Daily News Drew Doughty reaches milestone but Kings lose to Stars

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DALLAS — Momentum remains an elusive commodity for the Kings lately.

The night after they ended their eight-game winless streak, veteran defenseman Drew Doughty scored his 150th career goal, but Jake Oettinger won a matchup of All-Star goaltenders and the Dallas Stars pulled away to hand them a 5-1 defeat on Tuesday night in the finale of their six-game trip.

Roope Hintz and Joe Pavelski each scored his 18th goal this season to share the team lead for Dallas, which scored three goals in the first 10 minutes of the third period to take complete control. Hintz, Wyatt Johnston and Evgenii Dadonov each had a goal and an assist, and Sam Steel scored short-handed for the Stars, who are 4-1-0 in their last five games. Arcadia product Jason Robertson added two assists.

The Kings split a back-to-back set to conclude their trip after they won at Carolina on Monday night to end their 0-4-4 skid.

Oettinger (13-8-2) made 32 saves, while Cam Talbot stopped 23 shots for the Kings.

Oettinger made his third consecutive appearance after missing 12 games with a groin injury. Scott Wedgewood, who made 11 starts during Oettinger’s absence, went out with a lower-body injury last Saturday and is listed as day-to-day.

Talbot (14-11-5) is 0-5-3 in his last eight starts.

Hintz fired a high shot from the slot off the crossbar midway through the first period for the game’s first goal. Dallas doubled its lead exactly six minutes later when Dadonov’s centering pass for Radek Faksa went off Talbot’s pad, caromed off the left skate of Kings defenseman Vladislav Gavrikov and dribbled over the goal line.

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Doughty’s goal that made the score 2-1 only 1:21 into the second period came with a 6-on-4 skating advantage on a power play plus a delayed penalty. Doughty hit a one-timer from the high slot through traffic. Doughty’s 150 goals are second in franchise history among defensemen behind current Kings general manager Rob Blake’s 161.

Johnston and Pavelski scored a little more than a minute apart early in the third. Steel tacked on his short-handed goal about halfway through a Stars penalty at 9:33 of the third.

Hintz has three goals and three assists in the last five games, his previous two goals being game-winners.

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The Kings will host Nashville on Thursday at 7 p.m. to begin a four-game homestand.

More to come on this story.

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