Karri Ramo then clinched the victory with a stop on Mike Richards. The Flames goaltender made 41 saves in regulation, and added a huge stop in overtime as Jarret Stoll tried to jam the puck over Ramo’s outstretched pad but couldn’t despite repeated attempts.
T.J. Galiardi and Matt Stajan also scored for Calgary (35-38-7), which has won seven of their last 10.
Stoll, Anze Kopitar and Jordan King scored for Los Angeles (45-28-7). The playoff-bound Kings, locked into third spot in the Pacific Division, are winless in four of their last five.
Yet — like they’ve done with so many opponents this 2013-14 rebuilding season — the Flames still shocked the visitors on Wednesday night.
And, even after coughing up a three-goal lead, they managed to beat the Kings 4-3 in a shootout with Jiri Hudler and Sean Monahan playing the role of the heroes on this night.
Kudos to the home team which was involved in its 49th one-goal game this campaign — equalling an NHL record (set by Florida in 2010-11).
Wes Gilbertson: Flames rookie in rare air after shootout win
The 19-year-old centre scored his 21st goal of the season — that’s a significant number because it’s the most by a Flames freshman since some kid named Jarome Iginla scored exactly that many as a rookie in 1996-97 — and then added an exclamation point with the decisive marker in the skills competition in Wednesday’s 4-3 shootout victory over the Los Angeles Kings at the Saddledome.
“There’s not a problem if they want to compare our entire team to Jarome Iginla,” said Flames head coach Bob Hartley. “He carried this team. He was the face of this franchise for many years. There’s no problem with (comparisons), but I think Monny will create his own identity.”
Justin Azevedo: Post-Game: Crowned
Yet another game the Flames probably had no business hanging around in – also, yet another game where Karri Rämö stole it for them. If this is his true talent level, well, then we’re in for a treat. We’ll see where he’s at when he hits 3000 ESSA, but for right now you should enjoy some of the best goaltending we’ve seen in a decade. Monahan’s also the first guy to get 21 since, you know, that dude.
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Hayley: Flames 4, Kings 3 (SO) Recap
After losing their past two game to the Sharks and Canucks, the Flames were facing a frustrated Kings team tonight upon their return to the Saddledome.
But LA hadn’t played for four days, and they looked every bit like it in the first period. The Kings took a while to find their feet, and it was a slow start to the game for both teams before TJ Galiardi broke the game open just past the midway mark of the opening frame for his fourth goal of the season. The Kings ended up out-shooting the Flames 11-7 in the first period, but left the ice trailing 1-0.