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Kings edge Flames in overtime

by Staff Writer / Calgary Flames

CALGARY, AB -- Jeff Carter scored 40 seconds into overtime, and Milan Lucic had two goals to help the Los Angeles Kings to a 5-4 win against the Calgary Flames at Scotiabank Saddledome on Tuesday.

Andy Andreoff and Kris Versteeg scored for the Kings (47-28-5), who avoided a three-game losing streak and won for the third time in nine games since clinching a berth in the Stanley Cup Playoffs on March 19.

Mikael Backlund, Hunter Shinkaruk, Mark Giordano and Deryk Engelland scored for the Flames (33-40-7).

Carter stripped Sean Monahan at the Kings blue line before skating the length of the ice and sliding a shot by Flames goalie Joni Ortio.

His goal came after Versteeg tied the game with 35.1 seconds remaining in the third period to force overtime.

Calgary scored on its first shot of the first period.

Kings goalie Jhonas Enroth misplayed Calgary's dump-in behind the net, and Backlund's pass from below the goal line into the crease banked off Anze Kopitar's skate and across the goal line to make it 1-0 at 3:41.

Lucic tied the game at 9:53. He picked up the puck near the top of the right faceoff circle after it was poked off Kopitar's stick and surprised Ortio with a shot five-hole.

Lucic gave Los Angeles the lead with his second goal 14 seconds into the second period. Ortio stopped Kopitar's initial shot from the point, but Lucic scored on the rebound to put the Kings up 2-1.

Shinkaruk, in his home debut with the Flames after being recalled from Stockton of the American Hockey League on March 28, tied the game with 4:09 remaining in the period. Enroth stopped Johnny Gaudreau's initial shot from the slot and a rebound attempt off the stick of Giordano, but Shinkaruk, a Calgary native, shot a third attempt past Enroth.

Giordano scored 33 seconds into the third with a shot from the high slot that beat Enroth stick-side to give Calgary a 3-2 lead. The goal, Giordano's 21st of the season, is the most from a Flames defenceman since Al MacInnis scored 28 in 1993-94.

Andreoff tied the game 32 seconds later, swatting a loose puck by Ortio before Calgary defenceman Jakub Nakladal could clear the slot.

Engelland gave Calgary a 4-3 lead at 15:59, but it was erased late by Versteeg's goal to send the game to overtime.

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