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Schenn, Kopitar Lead LA Kings to Extinguishing of Flames

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Game 59; 35-20-4

LOS ANGELES — After a seven-game road trip, fans were excited to finally see the Los Angeles Kings back home, and the wait was worth it as the silver-and-black — or, on this night, the forum-blue-and-gold — played a solid 60 minutes to beat the visiting Calgary Flames by a 2-1 score.

Photo credit: Harry How/Getty Images
Photo credit: Harry How/Getty Images

Prior to the game, they honored Mike Donnelly as part of the club’s Legends Night series and, in their traditional vintage uniforms, the Kings looked just that. While they didn’t score any goals in the opening frame, the Kings did dominate the tempo early on, outshooting the Flames by a 13-3 margin while showcasing some superb defense along the way. While it did take a while, though, the Kings were able to break through with the game’s first goal.

Just prior to the halfway point of the second, Vinny Lecavalier jumped in front of Calgary netminder Joni Ortio for the perfect screen while Luke Schenn shot a puck towards the net that went in for his fourth — and second as a King — to give Los Angeles the 1-0 lead. Tanner Pearson and Trevor Lewis got the assists on the goal. The Flames, though, came right back.

On the power play just 2:15 later, Jiri Hudler fed a wide-open Sean Monahan, who cashed in on his 18th right in front of the net to beat Jonathan Quick. Johnny Gaudreau picked up the other assist on the goal, extending his personal point-streak to nine against Los Angeles.

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Photo credit: Harry How/Getty Images

A little later on — at the 17:27 mark of the second to be exact — the Kings pressed on the man-advantage when Anze Kopitar slid a Drew Doughty pass home for his 18th. The Los Angeles lead was regained with Jake Muzzin picking up the second assist.

In the third, the Flames picked up the pace as they outshot the Kings by an 11-7 margin. However, Jonathan Quick and his stingy defense were the difference late as Los Angeles held on for the 2-1 victory, kicking their homestand off on a high note.

For Jonathan Quick, his 22-save performance earned him his 30th win of the season — the fourth time in his career he has hit that plateau — while Anze Kopitar scored in his first game back and now has five goals in his last five games. For the Flames, they have now lost six of their last seven.

The Kings now set their sights on Thursday night when they play the second game of their homestand hosting Taylor Hall and the Edmonton Oilers.

About Ryan Cowley

Ryan Cowley has been writing about the Los Angeles Kings since 2009, beginning as the head writer and editor of Make Way for the Kings since its inception. Until the summer of 2015, Make Way was run by the FanvsFan Network (www.makewayforthekings.com) but has since become independent at its new address: www.makewayforthekings.net Ryan is an NHL-accredited writer who has covered such events as the Stanley Cup Final and Stadium Series. He is also a graduate of Comedy Writing & Performance from Humber College in Toronto, Ontario.

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