RECAP: Flames rally past Kings, 2-1 in OT
Dennis Wideman scored 4:08 into overtime, and the Calgary Flames rallied past the Los Angeles Kings for their fourth straight victory, 2-1 Monday night.
Sean Monahan tied it with 6:05 left in regulation for the Flames, who are unbeaten on their five-game Pacific Division road trip. Joni Ortio stopped 33 shots in his fourth straight win as Calgary moved past Los Angeles into the final playoff spot in the Western Conference with the victory.
Matt Greene scored midway through the third period and Jonathan Quick made 22 saves for the defending Stanley Cup champions, who wrapped up their seven-game homestand with a dismal 1-2-4 record and dropped out of the playoff picture.
Wideman’s goal wasn’t confirmed until video review confirmed his shot had ricocheted off the camera inside the net.
Los Angeles dropped to an NHL-worst 2-12 in overtime and shootout games this season. The Kings have won just once since New Year’s Day.
Calgary got another strong effort from Ortio, the Finnish rookie who has yielded just five goals in four games.
After 2 1/2 scoreless periods dominated by goaltending and missed opportunities, Greene scored on a long, screened shot after Trevor Lewis and Dustin Brown loosed the puck from the boards. The goal was the third of the year for Greene, a defense-first blueliner who has never scored more than four goals in an NHL season.
But the Flames evened it when Alec Martinez turned over the puck at the blue line and gave up a breakaway to Monahan, who beat Quick for his 14th goal.
Los Angeles dominated possession and shots during the first 40 penalty-plagued minutes, but failed to convert on its three power plays in the second period. Calgary got a handful of solid saves from Ortio, but did nothing with its own advantages, including a 4-minute power play spanning the first intermission.
Calgary’s defensemen outshot its forwards 5-4 in the first two periods, and the Flames played more than 13 consecutive minutes in the second without recording a shot on Quick.
NOTES: Kings C Nick Shore played his second NHL game, but his older brother, Drew, was a scratch for the Flames. … Kings D Robyn Regehr returned from a 12-game absence since Dec. 18 with a hand injury, but spent much of the first period in the dressing room. Los Angeles put backup G Martin Jones on injured reserve with an undisclosed problem. … Calgary F Curtis Glencross went on injured reserve. … Kings F Tyler Toffoli missed his fifth straight game with mononucleosis. … The Flames finish their trip Wednesday at NHL-leading Anaheim. … The Kings have played 668 games since Dean Lombardi was named general manager, tying him with Rogie Vachon for the longest tenure in franchise history.