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Road trip perfection, Kings 4-1 winners in Calgary

by Alex Kinkopf / Los Angeles Kings

The Kings hit the 50-point mark to end the 2015 calendar year in their 4-1 win over the Calgary Flames Thursday night at the Scotiabank Saddledome.

The win perfected the Kings’ four-game road-trip, and it marked just the second time in franchise history the club won all games in regulation time during a four-game venture outside of Los Angeles.

The club’s December record of 10-3-1 (21 PTS) is the best in team history for wins, which was previously nine, and points, previously 19.

Marian Gaborik got the Kings on the board midway through the first period when he fled into Calgary’s zone, cut across the middle of the ice, and with a quick release, fired a wrist-shot low past Kari Ramo’s blocker side.

In the opening minutes of the second, Milan Lucic jammed home a loose puck to give the Kings a two-goal lead.

Tyler Toffoli, working with the puck low in Calgary’s zone, looped around the front and fired a shot on net, where Lucic was stationed with Anze Kopitar. Kopitar stuffed the rebound from Toffoli’s shot through Ramo, but Lucic got a stick on the puck before a Flames defenseman could swat it out of the crease.

A mere 1:18 minutes later, Andy Andreoff struck for his third goal of the season to up the Kings’ lead to three.

Michael Mersch, working hard low in the Flames’ zone on the forecheck with Jordan Nolan, got a handle on the puck and dished a pass to Andy Andreoff, who was stationed alone in front of Calgary’s net. Andreoff one-timed Mersch’s feed past Ramo.

Mersch’s assist on Andreoff’s goal was the first of his NHL career.

Just over three minutes into the third, Mark Giordano got the Flames on the board.

With 44 seconds left in regulation, Tanner Pearson added an empty-net goal to secure the Kings’ win.

Marian Gaborik (1G, 1A) and Tanner Pearson (1G, 1A) led all Kings players in points scored (2), nine different players in shots taken (2), Dustin Brown in hits delivered (3), Alec Martinez in shots blocked (4), and Drew Doughty in minute played (25:33). Jonathan Quick made 23 saves in the win.

The Kings will now return home to Los Angeles for one game to take on the Philadelphia Flyers on Saturday afternoon at STAPLES Center, where the puck is scheduled to drop just after 1:00 PM PST.



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