Flames hand Kings their 7th loss in 8 games – Daily Breeze


LOS ANGELES — On a night when Darryl Sutter was back behind the bench at Staples Center, albeit for the opposing Calgary Flames, the two-time Stanley Cup-winning coach left the arena with another victory, a 3-2 triumph over the struggling Kings.

Defenseman Alex Edler had a goal and an assist and winger Alex Iafallo had a goal for the Kings. Cal Petersen made 29 saves in his third loss in his last four appearances.

Wingers Milan Lucic, Matthew Tkachuk and Andrew Mangiapane scored for Calgary, with Mangiapane adding an assist and the reviled Tkachuk’s goal standing as the game-winner. Jacob Markstrom turned away 40 shots as the Flames improved to a league-leading 10-2-2 on the road.

“(Sutter) wasn’t worried about his homecoming or anything like that, but it’s obviously nice not only for him but for (Lucic) too. It was big to get them the win,” Tkachuk said. “(The former Kings) were here for a lot of years and won some championships here and probably have a lot of great memories here, so sure, this game feels a lot better and is special to them, but it feels better with the win.”

The Kings have now lost seven of their last eight games, including four in regulation.

“We’re a results-based industry and we’re leaving without two points, not even getting one. That’s the disappointing thing and we’ve been in that situation far too many times over the last little bit,” Kings coach Todd McLellan said.

The Kings had more than a minute of six-on-five time to close the game, but they could not score and managed just one shot on goal.

With slightly less than six minutes left in the game, winger Viktor Arvidsson launched a slap shot that Markstrom snared with his glove as he fell backward, preserving Calgary’s lead.

The Kings headed into the second intermission down just one goal thanks to a score off the rush with less than two minutes left in the second period. Arvidsson left a drop pass for his fellow Swede Edler. He skated into a wrist shot from the left faceoff dot that darted between Markstrom’s glove and pad for Edler’s 100th career goal and his first as a King.

Edler last scored on Feb. 25, 2020, making this his first goal in 98 games between all of last season, parts of two other seasons and 17 postseason games in 2020.

“I don’t care too much about the (milestone). But it’s been a long, long time since I scored a goal, so that was nice, but obviously I would have much rather had the win,” Edler said.

Calgary created some separation 4:54 into the middle period. It was Johnny Gaudreau dishing the puck from the middle to Tkachuk on the right wing before the two wingers criss-crossed. Tkachuk zipped a rising wrist shot through Doughty and Anze Kopitar then past Petersen on the far side. Tkachuk exchanged pleasantries, shoves and more with Adrian Kempe later in the period.

There were some first-period fireworks between Doughty and Tkachuk. Doughty took Tkachuk down once. Tkachuk sent Doughty to the ice twice, once with a cross-check and again with an alert reverse hit.

Tkachuk later skated into Petersen, knocking the goalie down. Doughty engaged Tkachuk from behind and light punches were thrown. Tkachuk received a minor penalty, but the Kings failed to convert with the extra man as their power play was truncated by their third penalty of the first period, which they killed successfully after having surrendered two power-play goals.

On a night when three former Kings were skating for the opposition, one of them gave Calgary the lead with a power-play goal. Mangiapane’s skillfully weighted pass through traffic found Lucic, who slipped a low shot between the legs of both defenseman Matt Roy and Petersen.

Calgary had also pulled even with a power-play goal, scored by Mangiapane. Center Mikael Backlund generated a long rebound that Mangiapane found in the slot and swiped past Petersen. It was his 16th goal of the season in his 23rd game, placing Mangiapane two goals shy of the career high he set in 56 games last season.





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