Power play sparks Flames in win over Kings

Alex Kinkopf  - | Tuesday, 10.22.2013 / 1:59 AM

LOS ANGELES, CA – In a tumultuous contest that saw the Kings fall to the Calgary Flames in late, unfortunate fashion, the Kings hurt themselves by taking five consecutive penalties in the second half of tonight’s bout. Calgary’s game-winning tally, off the stick of T.J. Brodie with just :29.2 seconds remaining in regulation, incidentally came while Anze Kopitar was serving a seriously questionable penalty.

Special teams were the storyline throughout tonight’s Pacific Division match-up, as every single goal scored came during a man-advantage situation. All three of Calgary’s tallies came on the power play. The Kings struck gold once on a power play opportunity of their own, and also on the penalty kill – which is their second shorthanded goal of the season.

Tonight’s loss could ultimately break down to a lack of discipline, as the Kings couldn’t find a way to stay out of the penalty box late, getting called for five straight infractions in the final 28 minutes of play.

Calgary was able to execute in the final seconds on a worn-out Kings penalty kill unit, leaving little time for the Kings to take a crack at any sort of rebuttal.

The Kings were successful in the shot department, outshooting Calgary 29-25 with a couple of posts mixed in, but couldn’t get a much-needed third tally past Flames netminder Karri Ramo, who made 27 saves for the win. The Kings were also commanding in the faceoff circle, winning 44 of 69 faceoffs.

Anze Kopitar, who has still yet to score a goal this season, tied for the team lead in shots on goal with four along with Daniel Carcillo, who continues to bring plenty of energy and spark to this roster with another solid performance in his third-line role.

The Kings, now 10 games into the season, hold a 6-4-0 record good for 12 points and good for a 3rd place tie with the Phoenix Coyotes in the Pacific Division. The Coyotes will host the Calgary Flames Tuesday night before they make their first trip of the season to Los Angeles Thursday.

Amidst their most important stretch of games so far this season, the Kings need to recoup quickly and recover mentally before continuing their five-game Pacific Division opponent stretch. It continues Thursday night at STAPLES Center, as the Phoenix Coyotes visit for the first time this season.

Scoring Summary
1st Period
18:36LAK PPG - Drew Doughty (3) ASST: Dustin Brown (1), Justin Williams (2) 1 - 0 LAK
2nd Period
02:50CGY PPG - Michael Cammalleri (1) ASST: Jiri Hudler (6), Mark Giordano (6) 1 - 1 Tie
13:39CGY PPG - Sean Monahan (6) ASST: Michael Cammalleri (1), Mark Giordano (7) 2 - 1 CGY
16:40LAK SHG - Jeff Carter (5) ASST: Mike Richards (6) 2 - 2 Tie
3rd Period
19:30CGY PPG - TJ Brodie (1) ASST: Jiri Hudler (7), Lee Stempniak (5) 3 - 2 CGY
Three Stars of the Game
TJ Brodie
TJ Brodie
G: 1Shots: 2
A: 0Hits: 1
PTS: 1PIM: 0
+/-: 0TOI: 19:41
Drew Doughty
Drew Doughty
G: 1Shots: 1
A: 0Hits: 3
PTS: 1PIM: 2
+/-: 0TOI: 24:58
Michael Cammalleri
Michael Cammalleri
G: 1Shots: 3
A: 1Hits: 1
PTS: 2PIM: 0
+/-: -1TOI: 16:33
Penalty Summary
1st Period
02:52CGY Curtis Glencross  Tripping against  Daniel Carcillo
16:52CGY Lee Stempniak  Interference against  Dustin Brown
2nd Period
02:14LAK Kyle Clifford  Holding against  TJ Galiardi
08:19CGY Sven Baertschi  Slashing against  Jake Muzzin
12:28LAK Drew Doughty  Holding against  Mikael Backlund
14:12LAK Daniel Carcillo  Cross checking against  Kris Russell
16:26LAK Robyn Regehr  Interference against  Sven Baertschi
3rd Period
06:36LAK Jeff Carter  Hi-sticking against  Dennis Wideman
17:48LAK Anze Kopitar  Hooking against  Dennis Wideman
shots by period
Team Stats
Power Plays3/61/3
Faceoff Wins2544
Blocked Shots179
Penalty Minutes612
4K. RussellD0000020:58
5M. GiordanoD02-11028:32
6D. WidemanD00-12029:22
7T. BrodieD1002019:41
8J. ColborneC0002012:16
11M. BacklundC0001017:32
13M. CammalleriL11-13016:33
16B. McGrattanR000102:58
17L. BoumaC000006:52
20C. GlencrossL0000218:56
22L. StempniakR0103216:21
23S. MonahanC10-13021:11
24J. HudlerR02-11023:35
38B. StreetC000106:09
39T. GaliardiL0000017:37
44C. ButlerD0003012:56
47S. BaertschiL0001214:32
55S. O'BrienD000108:31
31K. Ramo2729.93159:44
2M. GreeneD0010018:25
6J. MuzzinD0001012:25
8D. DoughtyD1001224:58
10M. RichardsC0112016:23
11A. KopitarC0004219:53
13K. CliffordL000129:16
14J. WilliamsR0102015:48
17D. CarcilloL0004210:43
21M. FrattinR0001011:45
22T. LewisC0003014:08
23D. BrownR0101018:08
24C. FraserC000109:59
26S. VoynovD0002020:43
28J. StollC0002015:16
33W. MitchellD0010024:43
44R. RegehrD0001219:12
74D. KingL0000012:29
77J. CarterC1013216:36
32J. Quick2225.88059:41