(AP) Drew Doughty scored the tiebreaking goal early in the third period, and Justin Williams had two goals and an assist in the Los Angeles Kings' 5-2 victory over the Dallas Stars on Saturday night.
Kyle Clifford added a third-period goal, and Matt Greene scored a deflected empty-net goal from deep in the Kings' end with 29 seconds to play. Anze Kopitar had three assists in the Kings' return to Staples Center after going 3-1-0 on a four-game trip.
Tyler Seguin and Rich Peverley scored for the Stars, who have lost three of four.
Captain Jamie Benn had two assists and Dan Ellis stopped 29 shots in his fourth straight start in place of injured starter Kari Lehtonen.
Jonathan Quick made 27 saves for Los Angeles, which has won five of six overall to keep pace early on in the tough Pacific Division.
Doughty had a goal and an assist, and Jake Muzzin added two assists in his return to the Los Angeles lineup after five games as a healthy scratch.
Doughty scored just his second goal of the season with 15:18 to play by pushing a slow, low shot underneath Ellis when left alone near the net. The $56 million defenseman hadn't scored a point in seven straight games since the season opener, but he easily leads the Kings in ice time with more than 25 minutes per game.
Clifford doubled the Kings' lead with 6:58 to play, getting his first point of the season on a long wrist shot that handcuffed Ellis.
The Kings only scored six goals on their four-game trip, but they know all about grinding out victories after two straight seasons of major playoff success despite an unimpressive offensive attack. After earning two shootout victories on the trip, Los Angeles returned home with more than enough offense to beat the Stars, who knocked off previously unbeaten San Jose in their last game.
After Seguin extended his points streak to six games with a goal midway through the first period, Williams scored twice in a 3:01 span late in the period. He got credit for the Kings' first goal when Jake Muzzin's long shot deflected off his skate in front.
Williams then flipped home a backhand over the glove of a prone Ellis during a power play with 27 seconds left in the period. Los Angeles didn't score a power-play goal during its entire four-game road trip, going 0 for 13.
Peverley tied it midway through the second period when Benn took the puck around the back of the Los Angeles net. His shot banked off Quick's pads to the far side, where Peverley easily converted the rebound for his second goal in a Dallas uniform.
NOTES: Los Angeles scratched F Matt Frattin and D Alec Martinez, altering the lineup used for most of the road trip. Colin Fraser and Muzzin were active. Frattin has three assists and a minus-5 rating in his first eight games with the Kings. ... Ellis stopped a breakaway by Los Angeles' Mike Richards early in the second period. ... Los Angeles plays eight of its next nine games at home. ...Kopitar, the Kings' leading scorer in each of the last six seasons, still hasn't scored a goal in nine games this season, but the Slovenian leads the club with eight assists.