CALGARY, AB -- A Calgary Hitmen goaltender gave the Calgary Flames trouble on Monday.
In his return to Calgary, Martin Jones made 24 saves and Anze Kopitar’s third period marker held up as the winner as the Los Angeles Kings downed the Flames 3-2 at Scotiabank Saddledome.
After Kopitar put the Kings up 3-0 near the midway mark of the third, Calgary pushed back.
Mike Cammalleri cut the lead to two with Mike Richards serving a delay-of-game penalty. The 31-year-old pinballed a shot off Slava Voynov and behind Jones with 4:31 remaining. Brian McGrattan narrowed it to one, spinning and uncorking a shot from the slot that beat the Kings goaltender with just 2:22 left in the game.
But with Joni Ortio on the bench in favor of an extra attacker the Flames couldn’t pull even, falling for just the second time in nine games on home ice.
It didn’t take the Kings long to grab the lead in Jones’ return. Just 4:05 into the game, Justin Williams redirected Kopitar’s pass behind Ortio to stake Los Angeles to a 1-0 lead. Six minutes later, Trevor Lewis deflected Voynov’s point shot for a 2-0 advantage.
Despite 12 shots from the Kings in the second, Ortio held the fort and kept the Flames close.
GOAL OF THE GAME
Trailing 3-1 in the late stages of the game McGrattan pulled the Flames to within one, spinning and firing a shot from the high slot that beat Jones with just 2:22 remaining in the game.
SAVE OF THE GAME
Though the Flames had the power play early in the second period, it was Ortio who was forced to come up big. Breaking in 2-on-1, Tanner Pearson fed Tyler Toffoli, only to be denied of a tap in by the Flames goaltender who went post-to-post in full splits to keep Calgary within two.
Kopitar’s goal at 7:01 of the third period gave Los Angeles a much-needed cushion they rode to a 3-2 victory on Monday.
STAT OF THE GAME
Injured on his first shift of the game after taking a hit from Jarret Stoll, Markus Granlund played just 12 seconds. In just his third NHL game, Tyler Wotherspoon also left the game. Heading into the contest against the Kings, Calgary had lost 201 games due to injury.
Matt Stajan missed the game against Los Angeles due to personal reasons. Jiri Hudler (lower body), Dennis Wideman (upper body), Curtis Glencross (high ankle sprain), David Jones (upper body), Kevin Westgarth (upper body) and Karri Ramo (lower body) all missed the game due to injury.
The Flames host the Anaheim Ducks on Wednesday (8 p.m. MST, SNET-W, Sportsnet 960 The FAN).