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Inside The Game: Flames vs. Kings

by Aaron Vickers / Calgary Flames


CALGARY, AB -- Sean Monahan did it again.

Monahan scored and Karri Ramo stopped Mike Richards in the fourth round of the shootout to power the Calgary Flames to a 4-3 win over the Los Angeles Kings at Scotiabank Saddledome on Wednesday.

After Jiri Hudler and Marian Gaborik exchanged goals in the opening three rounds of the shootout, the 19-year-old Monahan skated in on Jonathan Quick and fired a shot over his blocker to put Calgary up. From there, Ramo closed the door on Richards to give Monahan his fourth game-deciding goal of the season.

Only T.J. Oshie of the St. Louis Blues and the Kings’ Anze Kopitar have more with five.

Though the Flames held a 3-0 lead early, Los Angeles managed to push the game to a shootout.

TJ Galiardi put the Flames on the board near the midway mark of the first period, taking a spinning, no-look cross-slot pass from Mike Cammalleri and bouncing a backhand off both posts and in for a 1-0 lead.

After Karri Ramo stretched out his right pad to deny Dwight King in the opening minutes of the second, Sean Monahan put the Flames up by two. After Galiardi forced a turnover in the Kings end, he centered a pass that found the stick of Monahan, who buried his 21st of the season by Jonathan Quick at the four-minute mark of the period.

Matt Stajan extended Calgary’s lead to 3-0 at 15:28, spinning and firing a shot over Quick’s glove.

Los Angeles erupted after the goal, scoring twice in a 24 second span courtesy a Jarret Stoll deflection and a great individual effort from Anze Kopitar. The Kings capped the comeback to force overtime at 12:18 of the third period after Dwight King deflected Jake Muzzin’s point shot behind Ramo.

Ramo stood tall in overtime, though, kicking out all five shots he faced to force the shootout and Monahan’s eventual heroics.


After failing to connect on a play seconds before, Cammalleri sent a spinning, no-look cross-slot pass onto the stick of Galiardi, who sent a backhand off both posts before dropping behind Quick to put the Flames up 1-0 with 8:02 remaining in the first period.


With the Flames up 1-0 early in the second period, Ramo extended his right pad to take a goal away from Dwight King. Fifty-three seconds after the save, Monahan scored to extend Calgary’s lead to two.


Monahan’s shootout marker -- his fifth shootout goal and fourth game-deciding goal of the season -- coupled with Ramo’s save on Mike Richards, earned the Flames the win.


With Monahan and Ramo combining in the shootout, the Flames have won seven straight games in extra time -- a new franchise record.


Defenseman Christopher Breen and forwards Ben Hanowski and Paul Byron were scratched against the Kings. Forwards Mikael Backlund (upper body), Markus Granlund (upper body) and David Jones (upper body) and defensemen Ladislav Smid (upper body), Tyler Wotherspoon(upper body) and Dennis Wideman (upper body) all missed the game due to injury.


The Flames wrap up the home portion of their 2013-14 schedule on Friday against the Winnipeg Jets (7 p.m. MST, SNET-W, SN96).

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