LOS ANGELES Despite the eight goals scored in regulation and the 79 combined shots through overtime, the Los Angeles Kings' 5-4 overtime loss to the Dallas Stars Thursday at STAPLES Center resembled more of a war of will. The division rivals and you can certainly underline "rivals" after the way several of their games have been contested this season and character teams known more for their battling and defensive trademarks, combined for 76 hits.
"They've got some hard forwards over there. (Steve) Ott, (Brenden) Morrow, (Jamie) Benn, all hard guys to play against," Kings coach Darryl Sutter said.
No hit was bigger or more momentum-shifting than the one administered by Morrow on Anze Kopitar a massive shoulder-to-shoulder check that sent Kopitar spinning head-first into the boards. Mike Richards, wearing a visor that drew a two-minute unsportsmanlike conduct penalty, instigated a fight with Morrow.
"That's what good teams do, right? You'd expect that out of Mike," Sutter said. ...