Flames edge Kings on Cammalleri’s late goal
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Michael Cammalleri
scored with 23 seconds remaining and the Calgary Flames got a 2-1
victory over the Los Angeles Kings on Saturday night.
Cammalleri beat Ben Scrivens with a
short backhand from the edge of the crease after getting the puck from
Mikael Backlund. It was the 10th goal for the former Kings forward,
making him the first Calgary player to reach double digits. The veteran
center spent his first five NHL seasons with the Kings.
Blair Jones had a short-handed goal during a 5-minute penalty kill in the second period for Calgary.
Karri Ramo made five of his 21 saves
during the Kings’ long power play, helping end a string of 11
consecutive games in which the Kings gained at least one point in the
Ramo was 4 minutes away from his first NHL shutout when Justin Williams tied it with his 200th regular-season goal.
He played a carom off the right boards
in the neutral zone after a clearing pass by defenseman Jake Muzzin,
then carried the puck into the Flames’ zone and took a 40-foot wrist
shot that glanced off defenseman Shane O’Brien’s stick and over Ramo’s
Anze Kopitar also got an assist on the play for his 500th NHL point.
Calgary defenseman Ladislav Smid
received a boarding major and automatic game misconduct at 14:26 of the
second period for shoving Dwight King face-first into the glass deep in
the Calgary zone as the Kings forward tried to beat Cammalleri to a
loose puck. King went to the bench with a cut near his right eye, and
his teammates had a 5-minute power play.
But it backfired on the Kings, as the Flames responded with their fifth short-handed goal of the season.
Calgary defenseman TJ Brodie tried to
slap the puck out of his zone and partially fanned on it, but it had
enough momentum to slide into the Kings’ end and Scrivens fell down
chasing it to his left.
Paul Byron took possession behind the
net and passed it out to Jones as he was knocked down from behind by
defenseman Drew Doughty.
The Flames, who had only three
power-play opportunities in their past five games combined — and none
in Friday’s 5-2 loss at Anaheim, were 0 for 5 against the Kings. Calgary
had a two-man advantage for a minute and 20 seconds early in the second
period after penalties against Jarret Stoll and Dustin Brown, but
managed only one shot on net.
Eight of Calgary’s nine wins have been by one goal, including shootout
victories over Winnipeg and Florida. … The Flames, who scored three
power-play goals against the Kings in a 3-2 win at Los Angeles on Oct.
21, are just 4 for 50 in 18 games since then. … The Kings’
penalty-killing unit has stopped 41 of the past 44 power plays. … The
Flames were 4-8-2 in November, and this was their only victory were in
regulation. … Scrivens, who stopped 18 shots, was 5-0-3 with a 1.34
goals-against average and two shutouts in his previous eight starts. …
Los Angeles is 0 for 18 on the power play over its past five games.