LA Kings Calgary Flames

The LA Kings saw their four-game win streak go down in… Flames in Calgary on Monday.


1st Period

CGY – Jonathan Huberdeau (2), Assists: Rasmus Andersson (12), Noah Hanifin (4)

LAK – Arthur Kaliyev (5) (Power Play), Assists: Viktor Arvidsson (7), Trevor Moore (10)

LAK – Arthur Kaliyev (6), Assists: Blake Lizotte (1), Matt Roy (5)

CGY – Andrew Mangiapane (3), Assists: Milan Lucic (4), Nazem Kadri (6)

CGY – Brett Ritchie (4), Assists: Blake Coleman (4)

CGY – Tyler Toffoli (6), Assists: Elias Lindholm (6), Adam Ruzicka (3)

2nd Period

CGY – Elias Lindholm (6) (Power Play), Assists: Tyler Toffoli (6), Nazem Kadri (7)

LAK – Kevin Fiala (6), Assists: Alexander Edler (3), Rasmus Kupari (3)

CGY – Adam Ruzicka (2), Assists: Elias Lindholm (7), Tyler Toffoli (7)

3rd Period

LAK – Anze Kopitar (3), Assists: Drew Doughty (8), Sean Walker (2)

LAK – Adrian Kempe (7), Assists: Drew Doughty (9), Kevin Fiala (12)

Kaliyev’s Second Career Multi-Goal Game

Arthur Kaliyev was about the only bright spot for the LA Kings in the first period. After Jonathan Huberdeau opened the scoring, the Kings took advantage of a tripping call, sending them to the powerplay.

Terrific puck movement from everyone led to Viktor Arvidsson finding Kaliyev at the right dot for a one-timer past Jacob Markstrom. Less than two minutes later, Kaliyev added his second of the game off a spin move from a horrible angle.

Defensive Breakdowns

The general theme for the remainder of the first period was defensive breakdowns. Kevin Fiala couldn’t find a loose puck in the Kings’ defensive zone, and Andrew Mangiapane grabbed it, turned, and scored.

Less than two minutes later, Alex Edler coughed up the puck in his own zone, leading to a 2-on-1 for Calgary, with Brett Ritchie potting his fourth of the year. Then with under four minutes left in the opening frame, Calgary caught the Kings in transition, with Tyler Toffoli zipping a snipe at the top of the left circle and past Quick.

“I think we played one of our worst games defensively, we gave up too many rushes. We did that to ourselves and lost the game in the first period. We weren’t sharp enough mentally,” Phillip Danault said.

“We played some pretty shoddy hockey today and despite getting the lead, we weren’t real sharp, it showed up in a lot of different areas. We had guys miss line changes, passes through the neutral zone, we had an icing call with two seconds left, missed faceoff coverages,” Kings head coach Todd McLellan added.

Comeback Bid Falls Short

Trailing 6-3 entering the third period, the Kings got goals from Anze Kopitar at the 8:57 mark and Adrian Kempe with under two to play to pull Los Angeles back within one.

The Kings looked poised to even the score despite everything that had happened prior in the game, but Markstrom saved (quite literally) his best for last, stopping a point-blank chance for Kopitar with 21.8 seconds left on the clock.

“We were a shot away from at least getting a point on that night, the goaltender made a real good save, but again, I don’t think we should lose sight of how this game evolved. Just because we fought back and made it 6-5, there are a lot of things that we have to fix,” McLellan said.


The Kings went 1-for-2 on the man advantage, with Kaliyev’s goal accounting for the lone tally. Calgary went 1-for-2 as well.


The LA Kings will look to start a new win streak on Wednesday in Edmonton.

Featured Image Credit: The Canadian Press

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *