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Johnny Gaudreau, Sean Monahan boost Flames

Each has goal, two assists in win against Kings

by Aaron Vickers / NHL.com Correspondent

CALGARY -- Johnny Gaudreau and Sean Monahan each had a goal and two assists to help the Calgary Flames to a 5-2 win against the Los Angeles Kings at Scotiabank Saddledome on Sunday.

Michael Stone, Mark Giordano and Kris Versteeg also scored for Calgary (41-27-4), which is one point ahead of the Edmonton Oilers for third place in the Pacific Division. The Flames have won 12 of their past 13 games (12-1-0) and 17 of 21 (17-3-1).

 

WATCH: All Kings vs. Flames highlights

 

"We're putting ourselves in a great spot here the way we've been playing this past month," Gaudreau said. "We know how important these last two weeks here, and the opponents we play are pretty good teams."

Brian Elliott made 19 saves to tie Mike Vernon for the Flames record of 11 straight wins set from Jan. 17-Feb. 27, 1989.

"I think any time you're mentioned in the same sentence as a guy like Mike Vernon it's an accomplishment," Elliott said. "It's pretty cool to be able to have done that, but for right now it's the two points we got and they didn't."

Video: LAK@CGY: Elliott slides to turn away Carter in front

Anze Kopitar and Nic Dowd scored, and Ben Bishop made 14 saves for the Kings (34-30-7), who are six points behind the Nashville Predators for the second wild card into the Stanley Cup Playoffs from the Western Conference with 11 games remaining.

"There's still 22 points to be had," Los Angeles forward Jarome Iginla said. "Things can change very quickly, but we do know we have to get our fair share of them. Whether that's all of them or not, we know we have to win."

Monahan scored 8:15 into the first period on starter Jonathan Quick to put Calgary up 1-0, and Stone scored on a slap shot from the top of the right faceoff circle to make it 2-0 at 11:36.

"You can't sit back in games like this and wait for something to happen," Monahan said. "We got it started there, got the ball rolling, and when you do that and continue to do that for the full 60 (minutes), you usually get results."

Video: LAK@CGY: Giordano's long-range shot finds twine

Bishop replaced Quick, who had five saves, after Stone's goal.

Kopitar cut Calgary's lead to 2-1 when he redirected a pass on his backhand from Dustin Brown with 1:20 remaining in the first, but the Flames scored goals 50 apart seconds early in the second period to take a 4-1 lead.

Giordano scored on a point shot 47 seconds into the period, and Gaudreau scored at 1:37.

"The first two minutes of the second period was just nothing close to where we wanted to come out and play hard," Kopitar said.

Dowd made it 4-2 when he tipped Paul LaDue's wrist shot from the right point at 5:31 of the second.

Versteeg put Calgary up 5-2 when he scored into an empty net with 24.8 seconds remaining.

Video: LAK@CGY: Stone rifles slap shot past Quick in the 1st

 

Goal of the game

Gaudreau gained the blue line and dropped a pass to Monahan, who stepped up before shooting over Quick's shoulder. "When he takes off with speed like that against two guys, both guys back up or he'll beat one and be on a breakaway," Monahan said. "He brought both guys back there and laid it to me. It was a great play there by him."

Video: LAK@CGY: Monahan beats Quick to break the ice

 

Save of the game

Elliott made a windmill glove save on a wrist shot by Jake Muzzin with the Kings on the power play at 17:35 of the second period.

 

Highlight of the game

Gaudreau took a breakaway pass from Monahan before pulling the puck to his backhand and lifting a shot over Bishop's glove. "I saw the puck rim around and saw [Monahan] pick it up," Gaudreau said. "I just took off. It was a great pass for him, and I just finished on the backhand."

Video: LAK@CGY: Gaudreau roofs slick backhand on breakaway

 

Unsung performance of the game

Flames forward Lance Bouma had two hits and three blocked shots in 11:50, including 1:39 on the penalty kill.

 

They said it

"I don't think there's any secret to it. Obviously going into Edmonton tomorrow, we have to get the two points. That's the bottom line. That's what we've got to think every night for every game." -- Kings captain Anze Kopitar on their need to go on a run

 

Video: LAK@CGY: Brown, Kopitar go backhand-to-backhand

 

"It's a great spot we've put ourselves in. You look at where we were and where we've come all year, but all you have to do is look at the schedule and the upcoming games to know that we have to pile up as many points as we can as quickly as we can and go from there. We're happy with the spot we've put ourselves in." -- Flames captain Mark Giordano

 

Need to know

Calgary is 30-0-1 when leading entering the third period. …Kopitar has four points (one goal, three assists) during a three-game point streak. ...Flames forward Micheal Ferland did not play because he is under observation for the mumps. … Forward Curtis Lazar, who was acquired by the Flames in a trade from the Ottawa Senators on March 1, made his Calgary debut. He had been a healthy scratch in seven straight games.

 

What's next

Kings: At the Edmonton Oilers on Monday (9 p.m. ET; SNW, FS-W, NHL.TV)

Flames: At the Washington Capitals on Tuesday (7 p.m. ET; CSN-DC, SNW, NHL.TV)

 

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