"You're playing a division game, you get in at 3 in the morning, you've got a team sitting here fresh, I thought the guys worked very hard to get themselves ready to play," coach Terry Murray said. "We were doing all the right things."
Justin Williams added an empty-netter with 1:41 left.
"Our team seems to come to play when we've been here," Quick said. "[The Stars] took a lot of shots from the perimeter, that might pad the numbers a little. It's just team success. The team played well tonight. To come back after a loss, it shows the character in the locker room."
Johnson's stepped up in the absence of No. 1 defenseman Drew Doughty, out with a concussion. There's no timetable for Doughty's return.
Johnson has six assists in the five games Doughty has missed.
"I've been looking forward to this opportunity for a long time," Johnson said. "We want to get Drew back as soon as possible, but we don't want to rush him with an injury like that. He's a huge part of this team, but I also have a lot to offer to help this team win."
The Kings finished 3-2 on their trip, and have won four straight in Texas while outscoring the Stars 16-5.
Kari Lehtonen stopped 11 of 15 shots before being sent to the bench in the third period as the Stars lost for the fourth time in five games, including the first three of a season-high six-game homestand.
Ponikarovsky broke a 1-all tie off a rebound at 13:05 of the second period, and Simmonds made it 3-1 at 13:14.
Simmonds, who assisted on Ponikarovsky's goal, went in on a breakaway, crashing into Lehtonen as he scored and knocking the net off its moorings. Lehtonen insisted the goal shouldn't have counted.
But after a video review, the goal stood because officials ruled the puck entered the net before it was dislodged.
"It's the kind of goal I'd be mad if we scored it and they took it away," Lehtonen said. "But they counted it and I was mad because he pushed me and the puck into the net."
When Mitchell scored short-handed at 4:40 of the third period to make it 4-1, Stars coach Marc Crawford hooked Lehtonen and brought in Andrew Raycroft for his first action of the season.
"What I don't like is we beat ourselves," Crawford said. "You can't take a shift off in this league. If we think we can outskill teams, we're sadly mistaken."
Segal's even-strength goal at 10:10 of the third period pulled Dallas to 4-2.
The Kings capitalized 11 seconds into a 5-on-3 advantage on Brown's close-range goal at 3:30 of the opening period.
The Stars took advantage of a 5 on 3 of their own at 16:03 of the first period when Richards' shot from the left point got past a screened Quick to tie it at 1.
|Alexei Ponikarovsky (27) finds himself in the right place outside the crease to shove a backhander past Kari Lehtonen. (AP)|
|Los Angeles (7-3-0) «||1||2||2||5|
Save Pct.: .938
|03:30||Power Play - Dustin Brown (5), Snap Shot. Assist: Johnson, Kopitar|
|16:02||Power Play - Brad Richards (3), Wrist Shot. Assist: Neal, Eriksson|
|13:05||- Alexei Ponikarovsky (2), Backhand Shot. Assist: Simmonds, Johnson|
|13:14||- Wayne Simmonds (3), Backhand Shot. Assist: Johnson, Scuderi|
|04:40||Short - Willie Mitchell (1), Wrist Shot. Assist: Stoll|
|10:10||- Brandon Segal (1), Wrist Shot. Assist: Sutherby, Larsen|
|18:19||- Justin Williams (4), Empty Net. Assist: Drewiske, Mitchell|
|02:16||Benn, 2 min, Holding the Stick|
|03:19||Skrastins, 2 min, Slashing|
|05:47||Greene, 2 min, Interference|
|15:05||Williams, 2 min, Hooking|
|15:27||Stoll, 2 min, Boarding|
|16:55||Ott, 2 min, Hooking|
|01:43||Greene, 2 min, Cross-Checking|
|17:23||Grossman, 2 min, Boarding|
|17:23||Westgarth, 2 min, Roughing|
|17:23||Clifford, 5 min, Fighting|
|17:23||Sutherby, 5 min, Fighting|
|18:54||Brown, 2 min, Slashing|
|04:24||Scuderi, 2 min, Hooking|
|Shots On Goal|
|Attendance - 11306|
|Referees - Frederick L'Ecuyer, Brad Meier|
|Linesmen - Derek Amell, Brad Kovachik|