A night of frustrating officiating ended with a befuddled Stars' team just trying to figure out how Jeff Carter could propel the puck into the net with his glove and the war room in Toronto not even bother calling down to give this game winning goal the proper scrutiny it deserved.
That said, the Stars should probably consider themselves lucky to have escaped Los Angeles with a point considering the two calls that went their way.
First, Ryan Garbutt appeared to high stick Alex Goligoski's point shot before Antoine Roussel put the puck into the net off Jonathan Quick's save. The ruling on the ice was that Quick touched the puck, negating the high stick. And because of that call, Toronto couldn't intervene and the goal stood.
Then early in the third, the Kings appeared to have retaken the lead on an ugly goal just 10 seconds in. But the goal was disallowed because Trevor Lewis was deemed to have incidentally interfered with Kari Lehtonen. In real-time, it appeared to be the right call.
On replay, however, it was clear that Aaron Rome bumped into Kari Lehtonen.
In spite of the Stars dropping their second straight game on this regular-season ending three game road trip, there are still some positive for Dallas to draw off of as they head to San Jose for a huge game Tuesday night.
For the 4th time in the last 15 days, Dallas was able to salvage at least a point after surrendering the first goal of the game (3-0-1). Before this stretch, the Stars hadn't had a lot of luck in coming from behind.
And they were able to pull points out of all three meetings with the Kings at the Staples Center this season. A huge accomplishment considering the Kings have only lost four times on home ice all season long.
And most importantly, the Stars were able to pick up a point. In spite of falling three points behind Columbus, who beat San Jose tonight, Dallas still controls their own destiny.
Just hold onto that thought as you go to bed, tonight.