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Peter Budaj, Kings shut out Flames

Goalie makes 24 saves for first NHL shutout in more than three years

by Abbey Mastracco / NHL.com Correspondent

LOS ANGELES -- Peter Budaj made 24 saves for his first NHL shutout since Oct. 28, 2013, and Devin Setoguchi scored two goals to help the Los Angeles Kings to their first regulation win of the season, a 5-0 victory against the Calgary Flames at Staples Center on Sunday.

It was Setoguchi's first NHL goal since March 1, 2014, and his first two-goal game since Jan. 31, 2014.

 

WATCH: All Flames vs. Kings highlights

 

"It's been a long time. I can't even remember the last time I scored," Setoguchi said. "It was a good feeling tonight. I feel like I was trending in the right direction after the last game. I've got to consistently work at it and keep getting to the net and getting shots."

Kings coach Darryl Sutter remembered Setoguchi's last two-goal game.

"Him and I talked about that today. It was a 'Hockey Night in Canada' game when he scored two goals," Sutter said. "It's good for him."

Los Angeles (6-6-0) outshot Calgary (5-7-1) 39-24 and held a 30-12 advantage entering the third period.

Video: CGY@LAK: Setoguchi sticks with play, nets second goal

Flames coach Glen Gulutzan said they were intimidated, and he pointed to a poor first period and their inability to recover.

"I thought L.A. came out with a good start, and they put us on our heels a little bit," Gulutzan said. "If we could have came out of the first period with the score being 0-0 -- gotten out of that last minute -- that would have put us in a position to regroup in the second and come out better. They came real hungry and ready and we didn't."

Jeff Carter scored from the right faceoff circle with 58.7 seconds left in the first period to give the Kings a 1-0 lead. Setoguchi scored to make it 2-0 with 13.8 seconds remaining in the period.

Kyle Clifford made it 3-0 at 8:11 of the second period. Nick Shore found Clifford skating into the slot uncovered, and Clifford redirected the puck into the top of the net for his first goal of the season.

Setoguchi scored his second of the night at 16:09 of the second, pushing a loose puck under goalie Brian Elliott's right pad after a turnover by Flames defenseman Dougie Hamilton.

Lewis scored his second goal in as many games 1:12 into the third period when he knocked in a rebound to give Los Angeles a 5-0 lead.

Elliott made 34 saves. He has allowed nine goals in his past two starts.

Video: CGY@LAK: Lewis deflects Doughty's slap shot five-hole

 

Goal of the game

Setoguchi's goal late in the first period was a personal victory for him, and it helped the Kings grab enough momentum to carry through the rest of the game. Before playing for Los Angeles on opening night after making the roster on a professional tryout contract, Setoguchi had been out of the NHL since Calgary put him on waivers on Nov. 26, 2014, and sent him to the American Hockey League the next day.

Video: CGY@LAK: Setoguchi buries loose puck past Elliott

 

Save of the game

Alex Chiasson got the puck down low and took it around Budaj on his backhand with 3:08 left in the third period. Budaj reached back with his stick while diving to his right, and defenseman Drew Doughty hooked Chiasson to force the Flames forward to shoot wide of the net. Doughty was given a penalty.

 

Unsung moment of the game

Shore had a chance to go around Flames defenseman Nicklas Grossmann and in alone on Elliott, but he instead passed to a wide-open Clifford for the tip-in.

Video: CGY@LAK: Clifford chips in Shore's feed on two-on-one

 

Highlight of the game

Carter scored with a lightning-quick wrist shot to open the scoring late in the first period. He had the puck for what seemed like a split second, and Elliott barely flinched before it was behind him.

Video: CGY@LAK: Carter scores with impressive quick release

 

They said it

"That's how you score. That's not a reward, that's real. It can't hit you in the (butt) and go in the net if you're not close to the net." -- Kings coach Darryl Sutter on their net presence

 

"I'm really thankful today, a lot of the work I put in, I got rewarded for something I've worked towards the last couple years, but now it's over. I enjoyed tonight, it's nice to score two goals." -- Kings forward Devin Setoguchi

 

"We just got beat. We got our game handed to us a little bit, so we have to take that away. It's a big boy's game, and the last minute of a period, you can't give up a couple of goals. That's what hurt us, and it just went on from there." -- Flames goaltender Brian Elliott

 

Need to know

The five goals were a season-high for the Kings, and the most they've scored since April 5, 2016, also against the Flames. … Calgary is 0-for-13 on the power play in their past five games. … Flames forward Kris Versteeg was scratched with a groin injury. Forward Hunter Shinkaruk was called up in the afternoon to replace him on the roster. … Kings defenseman Tom Gilbert sat out the second of his three-game suspension for boarding.

 

What's next

Flames: At the Anaheim Ducks on Sunday (9:30 p.m. ET; SN1, PRIME, NHL.TV)

Kings: At the Toronto Maple Leafs on Tuesday (7:30 p.m. ET; TVA Sports, TSN4, FS-W, NHL.TV)

 

Video: Setoguchi, Budaj propel Kings to 5-0 win

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