Originally posted on Fox Sports West  |  Last updated 4/22/13
LOS ANGELES -- The Dallas Stars weren't the only thing the Los Angeles Kings were battling on Sunday night. Not only are the pesky Stars responsible for three of the Kings' 14 losses on the season, the Kings also had to overcome two tough calls by the officials as Los Angeles persevered in a 3-2 overtime victory at Staples Center. The victory, combined with San Joses loss at home to Columbus, puts the Kings into sole possession of fourth place in the Western Conference. Leading 2-1 late in the second period, the Stars tied the game on goal that should have been waved off as it was knocked out of the air with a high stick and next touched by a Dallas player. Its a high stick and the three guys behind the play should have called it, said Kings coach Darryl Sutter. The goal was the right call but the play should have been whistled down because the puck was knocked down with a high stick. The way they explained it to me was that if it went into the net directly it would not have counted because it was a high stick above the crossbar and below the shoulder, said Kings captain Dustin Brown. "Does it matter that he jumped three feet in the air (Brown said to the refs). Im still confused about their explanation." The Kings thought they regained the lead but referees, Mike Leggo and Mike Hasenfratz were at it again, waving off what should have been a Kings goal, when they claimed Kings forward Trevor Lewis had interfered with a Dallas player and denying goalie Kari Lehtonen the right to make a play on the puck. Replays clearly indicated that the officials were incorrect It is what it is," said Kings center Anze Kopitar. "You look down the bench and a couple of guys said that is not going to beat us tonight. There is nothing you can do. You definitely cant feel sorry for yourself. You go back on the ice and score another one, and tonight we accomplished that. Points at this time of the year are precious as the L.A. continues to be in a battle with San Jose and St. Louis for the fourth seed in the Western Conference and home ice advantage in the first round of the playoffs. Every game is important for us and we have a goal of clinching home ice and we need a couple of more wins to accomplish that, added Kopitar. "It wasnt our best game but at the end of the day we found a way to win and got the two points." The Kings now head on the road with back to back games starting Wednesday night in Minnesota (5 p.m. Prime Ticket) and Thursday in Detroit (4:30 p.m. PT) where they will be facing a Red Wings team that is hoping \to avoid missing the playoffs for the first time in 22 years.
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