Flames 3, Kings 2
LOS ANGELES -- TJ Brodie scored a power-play goal with 30 seconds remaining, lifting the Calgary Flames to a 3-2 victory over the Los Angeles Kings on Monday night at Staples Center.
The Flames (4-2-2) scored all of their goals on the power play to back a 27-save performance by goalie Karri Ramo. The Kings (6-4-0) saw their four-game, head-to-head winning streak against Calgary end.
Los Angeles trailed 2-1 late in the second period before a two-on-two rush by forwards Mike Richards and Jeff Carter produced a short-handed goal with defenseman Robyn Regehr in the box for interference. Carter broke down the right side, tossed a feed toward the net and got a fortuitous bounce when Flames defenseman Mark Giordano deflected the puck past Ramo. The short-handed tally was Los Angeles' second of the season.
Kings defenseman Drew Doughty opened the scoring at 18:36 of the first period with his third goal of the season. With Los Angeles on the power play, Dustin Brown fed Doughty from along the left boards, and Doughty drilled a shot past Ramo. Doughty's score tied him with Larry Murphy for sixth all time in goals among Los Angeles defensemen.
Flames right winger Mike Cammalleri, making his season debut, tied the game at 2:50 of the second period. Jiri Hudler's cross-ice pass set up the diminutive winger alone, and Cammalleri beat Kings goalie Jonathan Quick with a slap shot from 32 feet. Cammalleri's first goal of the season was his seventh in 14 games against the team that drafted him in 2001.
The Kings' penalty kill betrayed them again when Flames rookie center Sean Monahan banged home his sixth goal off a Cammalleri rebound at 13:39 of the middle period, giving Calgary a 2-1 lead. The Kings entered the game on a streak of 14 consecutive kills, but Monahan furthered his case to stick with the Flames when he outfought Los Angeles defenseman Matt Greene to lift the puck into the net.
Quick finished with 22 saves.
NOTES: The Kings will face the Phoenix Coyotes on Thursday to continue a stretch of eight out of nine games at Staples Center. ... Los Angeles centers Anze Kopitar, Mike Richards, Jarret Stoll and Colin Fraser failed to register a goal in the team's first nine games. ... Cammalleri made his season debut Monday after missing the first seven games with an upper-body injury. Cammalleri was the Flames' leading scorer last season with 32 points in 44 games. ... According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Monahan's four-game goal streak between Oct. 4 -11 was the longest by a Calgary rookie since 1990, when LW Paul Ranheim found the back of the net in four consecutive games from Jan. 25-Feb. 1.