LOS ANGELES -- Another day, another game with serious implications in the Western Conference.
But not another win for the Los Angeles Kings.
The Dallas Stars, nipping at the Kings' heels in the conference standings but on the outside of the playoff picture coming in, handed the Kings their first regulation home loss since opening night Thursday, beating the Kings 5-2 win at Staples Center.
In the process, the Stars drew even with Los Angeles with 26 points and leaped all the way from ninth place to fifth.
Jaromir Jagr, continuing to defy age and conventional wisdom, scored twice for the Stars, including a backbreaker midway through the third period to put Dallas up 4-2.
Antoine Roussel added an empty-netter for the final goal.
The loss was the Kings' first at home since falling to the Chicago Blackhawks to open the season on Jan. 19. They had won six straight at Staples Center.
Not that they didn't have their chances. They outshot the Stars 33-22 but managed just two goals against Kari Lehtonen, who finished with 31 saves.
Lehtonen is 7-1 in his last eight starts.
Kings goalie Jonathan Quick surrendered four goals on 21 shots.
An entertaining first period ended in a 1-1 tie on goals by Jagr and the Kings' Trevor Lewis.
Jagr got it started, beating Quick with a power-play goal to make it 1-0. It was Jagr's eighth goal of the season.
Lewis answered with his third goal of the season, spinning to the right of Lehtonen and beating him over his left shoulder to make it 1-1.
Red-hot Jeff Carter supplied the go-ahead goal for the Kings in the second period, sneaking his 16th score of the year past Lehtonen on a wrist shot to make it 2-1.
But the Stars pulled even as Cody Eakin streaked past the Kings' defense on a power play and shoveled a shot past Quick to make it 2-2 with one minute remaining in the second.
NOTES: The Kings were on a serious roll coming, having won seven of their last eight while outscoring opponents 30-16. In addition, they had won nine of their last 11 while outscoring foes 38-21. Their 7-1-1 home record tied for fourth-best home start in club history. ... Carter, who is surging with 16 goals and 18 points in his last 20 games, is second in the NHL in goals. Carter also leads the league in game-winning goals (four). ... Fellow center Anze Kopitar has 20 points in his last 18 games and 15 over the last 12. ... Dallas has won four of its last five games against the Kings, including the last three at Staples Center. ... Since returning from injury March 4, Stars center Derek Roy has 12 points. Five have come in his last three games. ... Roy has nine points in seven games against the Kings. The Stars and Kings will play each other four more times this season.