KINGS FRUSTRATE FLAMES 3-1
CALGARY, AB -- Jeff Carter had a goal and an assist while Jonathan Bernier made 26 saves as the Los Angeles Kings trumped the Calgary Flames 3-1 at Scotiabank Saddledome on Wednesday night.
The Kings (7-6-2), playing their second game in two nights, wasted little time getting on the board thanks to Anze Kopitar. Circling behind the net, Kopitar found Dustin Brown in the slot, who zipped the puck behind Flames’ starter Joey MacDonald just 6:15 into the game.
Calgary (5-7-3) responded with a nice play of their own at 14:51. After Jarome Iginla shook off Jarret Stoll behind the net, he found TJ Brodie at the point who walked in and beat Bernier with a low shot to the blocker for his first goal of the season to tie the game 1-1.
It took 29 seconds for Trevor Lewis and the Kings to respond. Lewis corralled and fired a rebound behind MacDonald at 15:20 to restore the lead.
Carter extended that lead to two at 9:27 of the third, taking a pass from Mike Richards and beating MacDonald for his team-leading eighth of the season for the eventual 3-1 final.
GOAL OF THE GAME
Brodie skated right through the slot after a feed from Iginla below the goal line and pumped a low shot that beat Bernier below the glove to tie the game 1-1 at 14:51 of the first period. The goal was Brodie’s first this season and third of his career.
SAVE OF THE GAME
Looking to repay Kopitar for an earlier feed, Brown found the Kings’ leading scorer on MacDonald’s doorstep but was denied by the Flames' keeper with 4:21 remaining in the second period to keep the game close for Calgary.
HIT OF THE GAME
Dennis Wideman caught Brown unaware trying to gain the Flames blueline midway through the first period, letting up just slightly before contact with linesman Thor Nelson in the area.
Trailing 2-1 after 40 minutes and with a man advantage just 41 seconds into the third period, the Flames couldn't managed any shots on Bernier. The Kings parlayed the momentum of a successful kill into several scoring chances, including Jeff Carter’s goal midway through the period to give Los Angeles a 3-1 lead.
QUOTE OF THE NIGHT
“It’s tough to win these days if you don’t score on the power play and you don’t capitalize on your opportunities. That’s definitely something that we need to work on and it can change the whole game.”
STAT OF THE NIGHT
Dennis Wideman played a season-high 29:36 for the Flames, including over six minutes of power play time.
Blair Jones, Anton Babchuk and Derek Smith were healthy scratches for the Flames. Miikka Kiprusoff, Mikael Backlund, Sven Baertschi and Paul Byron remain sidelined due to injury.
Calgary continues on their home stand on Saturday against the Minnesota Wild (8 p.m. MT, CBC) before welcoming the Phoenix Coyotes on Sunday (6 p.m. MT, SNET-W).