Kings Sweep Flames, 3-1
Tonight's game marked the halfway point of the season and unfortunately for the Kings their last meeting against Calgary. The teams took the ice tonight after playing Saturday night where the Kings erupted for a 6-2 win. The Kings 3-1 victory tonight puts them in third place in the Western Conference a position, which didn't seem possible a couple of weeks ago.
The Flames changed things up by starting Joey MacDonald in the net. MacDonald played well making 19 saves on 21 shots.
Dustin Brown scored the opening goal 5:39 into the game. Slava Voynov found Dustin Brown wide open on the left side of the crease on the Kings only extra man opportunity of the night. The play was similar to the Kings' first goal against the Flames on Saturday with Brown receiving a power-play pass on the crease with an open net. Instead of making the extra pass Brown fired in a shot for the early lead.
The Kings continue to play well at home and have accumulated 22 points in their last 14 games. Tonight the Kings converted their only power play and grabbed the early lead, two things they weren't doing in the beginning of the season.
Rookie defensemen continues to shine and had a two assist game. Muzzin corralled a loose puck against the boards and hit a streaking Jarrett Stoll who received the puck in the slot and fired in a wrist shot over MacDonald's glove 9:50 into the first period.
Los Angeles dictated the tempo throughout the game and leaned on Jonathan Quick and the penalty kill unit to settle the pace when momentum shifted. Calgary's 8th best power play unit (20%) was blanked four times and Quick looked more like the Conn Smythe winner of last postseason.
Mikael Backlund tallied the Flames only goal with a toe-drag and well placed shot fitting just between Quick's clenched legs.
Captain Dustin Brown sealed the game with an empty net goal in the final minute. The goal was Brown's second of the night and eighth on the season.
The Kings travel to Phoenix for a 7 o'clock showdown against the Coyotes tomorrow night.