Kings Fall To Flames 4-3; To Play Sharks In 1st Round Of Playoffs
CALGARY, Alberta (AP) – Sean Monahan scored his 21st goal and then got the shootout winner Wednesday night as the surging Calgary Flames beat the Los Angeles Kings 4-3 for their fourth straight victory.
T.J. Galiardi and Matt Stajan also scored in regulation for Calgary, which has won seven of its last 10.
Jarret Stoll, Anze Kopitar and Jordan King scored for playoff-bound Los Angeles, which is locked into third spot in the Pacific Division. The Kings are 1-3-1 in their last five.
Tied 1-1 in the shootout after three attempts with Marian Gaborik scoring for Los Angeles and Jiri Hudler for Calgary, Monahan sent a shot past Jonathan Quick for his fourth shootout winner of the season. He also scored for the fifth time in eight attempts in the shootout.
Karri Ramo, who finished with 41 saves through overtime, then clinched the victory with a stop on Mike Richards.
Ramo also had a big stop in overtime as Stoll tried to jam the puck over the goalie’s outstretched pad but couldn’t despite repeated attempts.
After Stajan put the Flames ahead 3-0 with 4:32 left in the second period, the Kings pulled within one 1:27 later as Stoll and Kopitar scored 24 seconds apart.
After Stoll’s deflection of Slava Voynov’s point shot at 16:09, Kopitar scored his 26th on an individual effort.
Picking up the puck in front of the net, Kopitar carried it behind the net, and back out the other side, making a slick move to elude Monahan as he curled into the slot to zip a backhand past Ramo.
Los Angeles then tied it with 7:42 left in the third, taking advantage of a turnover in the Flames end by Calgary rookie winger Bryce Van Brabant — playing in his fifth career game.
After Van Brabant’s clearing attempt was intercepted at the Flames blue line, Jake Muzzin’s shot was deflected in by King, who was screening Ramo.
It was the 15th goal of the season for King and his third in his last four games.
Calgary opened the scoring when Galiardi scored the lone goal of the first period with 8:02 remaining. Galiardi had struggled all season offensively but a rare shift with one of the NHL’s hottest players in Mike Cammalleri resulted in his fourth goal.
Set up in the slot by Cammalleri, Galiardi made a nice move before putting a backhand past Quick.
Galiardi then turned playmaker, stripping the puck from Justin Williams along the sideboards and setting up Monahan. The Flames rookie put a quick shot past Quick to make it 2-0 at 4:00 of the second period.
It’s the first time a Calgary rookie has scored 21 goals in a single season since Jarome Iginla in 1996-97.
The Flames took advantage of another Kings turnover to surge in front by three as Stajan had a bouncing puck come to him and scored his 14th of the season.
Starting for the ninth time in the last 10 games since coming back from a knee injury, Ramo had a shutout streak of over 124 minutes before the Kings got on the scoreboard.
Quick was far less busy, facing only 18 shots.
NOTES: There were no penalties on either team in the game. For the Kings, it was the first time that had happened since Feb. 19, 1977. That had never happened for the Flames since the team moved to Calgary. … Kings D Drew Doughty (shoulder) and D Robyn Regehr each missed their second game as they nurse minor ailments. … Stajan (personal) returned after missing three games. … Flames LW Paul Byron (personal) missed his fourth game. … The Kings had won six games in a row in Calgary.