Flames edge Kings
LOS ANGELES—The young Calgary Flames hung in with one of the NHL’s best teams until the last minute, when T.J. Brodie capitalized on the L.A. Kings’ final mistake.
Brodie scored the tie-breaking power-play goal with 29.7 seconds to play as Calgary rallied for a 3-2 victory last night.
Calgary was picked near the bottom of most Western Conference projections after a thorough off-season overhaul, but the Flames had enough hustle and good fortune to knock off the veteran Kings.
“Real gutsy effort, and [we] scored three goals on the power play,” noted Flames’ coach Bob Hartley.
“We knew coming here that it would be physical, so there would be power plays on both sides, and I think we won the special teams battle,” he added.
The Flames got a power play with 2:12 left in regulation when Dennis Wideman fell to the ice near the benches—drawing a hooking penalty on Anze Kopitar.
With the man advantage nearly expired, Brodie collected a bouncing pass from Jiri Hudler in the slot and beat Quick for Calgary’s third power-play goal of the night.
“We want to jump up into the play as much as possible, and if there’s opportunities there, we want to take them,” noted Brodie.
Mike Cammalleri scored in his season debut for the Flames while rookie Sean Monahan added another power-play goal in the second period.
Karri Ramo stopped 27 shots in his first victory for Calgary.
Jeff Carter scored a tying short-handed goal late in the second period for the Kings, who had won 17 of their previous 19 home games.
Quick made 22 saves, and Drew Doughty scored an early power-play goal in just L.A.’s second loss in seven games.
“I thought we looked fatigued,” admitted Kings’ coach Darryl Sutter. “Tonight was 10 [games] in 19 [days], and the other team was clearly fresher than ours.
“It made a big difference.”
All five goals in the game were scored on special teams.
Calgary’s league-worst penalty kill gave up another goal while the Kings had one of the NHL’s best penalty-killing units before giving up three to the Flames.
The decisive penalty on Kopitar drew howls of disbelief from Staples Center fans, who saw Wideman take a tumble on what appeared to be an innocent stick check.
But both Kopitar and Sutter blamed the Kings for a night full of bad decisions.
“Doesn’t matter if it was a good or bad call,” Kopitar stressed. “I shouldn’t have put my team in that position. . . .
“Everything was off. We didn’t play our game.”
Elsewhere in the NHL, Colorado nipped Pittsburgh 1-0 and San Jose edged Detroit 1-0 (SO).