Game Story: Los Angeles Kings 3, Calgary Flames 1

 

Herald’s three stars are Dustin Brown, Jeff Carter and Rob Scuderi

 
 
 
 
Flames goalie Joey MacDonald makes a pad save on Kings forward Dustin Brown on Wednesday — the save of the game. Brown was the game’s first star.
 

Flames goalie Joey MacDonald makes a pad save on Kings forward Dustin Brown on Wednesday — the save of the game. Brown was the game’s first star.

Photograph by: Derek Leung, Getty Images

Herald’s Three Stars

1. Kings LW Dustin Brown: The Los Angeles captain is the complete package. Scores the first goal. Throws his body around. Kills penalties. Mans the power-play. Leads by example.

2. Kings C Jeff Carter: Clearly happier in California than Columbus, Carter chips in with a goal and an assist. Dangerous all night.

3. Kings D Rob Scuderi: Munching minutes with three starting defenceman down, Scuderi collects two helpers from the back end.

Why the Flames lost

Because, inexplicably, they slumber through the opening 10 minutes with the Kings (allegedly tired on the back end of a back-to-back) playing a ridiculous game of keep-away with the puck.

Because the offence has dried up with the grand total of one goal in the last 120 minutes of play.

The Big Save

Impressing in his first start at home, Joey MacDonald slides across in the third period to rob Los Angeles LW Dustin Brown. A spectacular left pad stop reminiscent of one Miikka Kiprusoff.

The Big Hit

Not known as a pugnacious sort, Calgary D Dennis Wideman invokes a roar out of the Saddledome crowd by stapling Los Angeles captain Dustin Brown to the boards in the first period. Collateral damage on the play: linesman Thor Nelson, thrown off his skates by the impact of the collision.

The Big Fight

Nothing on this night.

The Rosters

Calgary scratches — D Anton Babchuk, D Cory Sarich, C Blair Jones, G Miikka Kiprusoff (knee), C Paul Byron (hand), C Mikael Backlund (knee), LW Sven Baertschi (hip flexor). Man-games lost: 43

Los Angeles scratches — D Matt Greene (back), D Alec Martinez (upper-body), D Willie Mitchell (knee)), LW Simon Gagne, RW Brad Richardson, D Andrew Campbell Man-games lost: 18

Summary

Kings 3 Flames 1

First Period

1. Los Angeles, D Brown 4 (A Kopitar, R Scuderi) 6:15.

2. Calgary, T Brodie 1 (J Iginla, J Hudler) 14:51.

3. Los Angeles, T Lewis 1 (J Carter, R Scuderi) 15:20.

Penalties — M Cammalleri Cgy (Slashing) 7:58; S Voynov LA (Slashing) 7:58.

Second Period

No Scoring

Penalties — T Lewis LA (Goaltender Interference) 4:28; C Fraser LA (Unsportsmanlike conduct) 5:56; J Iginla Cgy (Interference) 5:56; C Butler Cgy (Holding) 8:42; D Drewiske LA (Interference) 16:44.

Third Period

4. Los Angeles, J Carter 8 (M Richards, K Clifford) 9:27.

Penalties — J Williams LA (Tripping) 0:41; A Kopitar LA (Tripping) 14:26.

Shots on goal by

Los Angeles 11 12 10 —33

Calgary 8 7 12 —27

Power plays (goals-chances) — Los Angeles: 0-1, Calgary: 0-4.

Goal (shots-saves) — Los Angeles: J Bernier (27-26, W, 3-1-0). Calgary: J MacDonald (33-30, L, 1-2-0).

Referees: Brad Meier, Wes McCauley.

Linesmen: Mike Cvik, Thor Nelson.

Att. at Calgary, Alta. — 19,289.

Up Next

The Flames return to practice Friday in preparation for a visit from hometown boy Dany Heatley and the Minnesota Wild at the Scotiabank Saddledome on Saturday (8 p.m., The FAN 960, CBC).

 
 
 
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Flames goalie Joey MacDonald makes a pad save on Kings forward Dustin Brown on Wednesday — the save of the game. Brown was the game’s first star.
 

Flames goalie Joey MacDonald makes a pad save on Kings forward Dustin Brown on Wednesday — the save of the game. Brown was the game’s first star.

Photograph by: Derek Leung, Getty Images

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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