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Kopitar’s two points lead Kings past Flames for eighth straight win

The Kings scored on their first shot on goal at 4:05 of the first when Williams redirected a pass from Anze Kopitar past Ortio. Williams drove hard to the net and attempted to get his stick on the pass from Kopitar, but the puck instead bounced off his shin and into the net behind Ortio.

“They’re a bigger, more physical team than us and I thought they imposed their rhythm right from the start,” said Calgary coach Bob Hartley. “They got that early goal and that kind of put us on our heels.”


George Johnson: Martin Jones wins at Saddledome for first time since 2010 WHL title with Hitmen

In the third, he was busier. Much busier. His old Hitmen teammate T.J. Galiardi pounded a shot wide from an encouraging spot, only to have Voynov swoop in and carry the leftovers to safety. Jones did produce a big, challenge stop on Mikael Backlund short-handed, standing all of his 6-foot-3-inches tall as the Swedish centre cut to the cage, then smothered a dangerous try from Cammalleri, stationed at the lip of the crease.

“He’s been incredible,” raved centre Tyler Toffoli. “He came in and won eight in a row and really helped us when Quickie was out. Now Quickie’s obviously back so he’s not getting as much time in net, but when he is getting the chance, he’s doing well.”

Scott Cruickshank: Former junior roommate proud of Monahan’s play during rookie season with Flames

Los Angeles centre Tyler Toffoli gets a kick out of @boringmonahan, the Twitter account that pokes fun of Calgary Flames rookie Sean Monahan’s sometimes bland public persona.

“Whoever’s doing that, it makes sense,” chuckled Toffoli, Monahan’s road roommate during their days together with the OHL Ottawa 67’s. “When you get to know him, you realize the type of guy he is. He’s really funny.”


Wes Gilbertson: Calgary Flames lose 3-2 to L.A. Kings

The Los Angeles Kings haven’t suffered a loss since Feb. 3.

Back then, a half-dozen members of the Calgary Flames’ current roster were suiting up for the AHL’s Abbotsford Heat and their sudden starting netminder, Joni Ortio, hadn’t even stepped on the ice in an NHL game.

The Flames don’t want to use their youth and inexperience as an excuse but, when you consider those facts, Monday’s result — a 3-2 loss to the Kings at the Saddledome — shouldn’t be a surprise.


BOOKOFLOOB: Post Game: So It Goes

The march towards slow, grim death steadies on with a consistent cadence, and on this night, the Los Angeles Kings rolled into town to aid in this ominous reality for your Calgary Flames.

To call this game a pretty one would be to call the works of Thomas Pynchon a study in eternal whimsy. Choppy play. Sustained action lasting sometimes almost as long as 8 seconds. A Ben Stein pace. That’s what this game between storied Pacific Division rivals amounted to in this one, and if you missed it, life is good.


ArikJames: Kings at Flames Recap: It Was a Barely a Game

For about five minutes in the first, Calgary looked like it might actually make the match against Los Angeles interesting. The next fifteen minutes featured the Flames trying their best to dispel that illusion.

Calgary did eventually score, with Cammalleri and McGrattan getting some late-Iginla era garbage time goals, but it’d be tough to see this as anything but an absolute train wreck of a game.

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Adrian Kempe

#9 | 6′ 2″ | 195 lb | Age: 21

Born: September 13, 1996
Birthplace: Kramfors, SWE
Position: LW
Handedness: Left


Kempe was selected by the Kings in the first round (29th overall) in the 2014 NHL Draft.

Alex Iafallo

#19 | 6′ | 185 lb | Age: 23

Born: December 21, 1993
Birthplace: Eden, NY, USA
Position: C
Handedness: Left


Iafallo was signed by the Kings as an unrestricted free agent on April 18, 2017.

Anze Kopitar

#11 | 6′ 3″ | 224 lb | Age: 29

Born: August 24, 1987
Birthplace: Jesenice, SVN
Position: C
Handedness: Left


As the 11th overall pick in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft, Kopitar became the first Slovenian to play in the NHL. Kopitar has spent his entire NHL career with the Kings, and following the 2015–16 season, was named the Kings’ captain. Noted for both his offensive and defensive play, Kopitar was awarded the Frank J. Selke Trophy as the best defensive forward in the NHL in 2016.

Drew Doughty

#8 | 6′ 1″ | 195 lb | Age: 26

Born: December 8, 1989
Birthplace: London, ON, CAN
Position: D
Handedness: Right


Bio: Doughty is a Canadian defenceman who was selected second overall by the Kings in the 2008 Draft. Doughty made his NHL debut in 2008 as an 18-year-old and was named to the All-Rookie Team. He is a two-time Stanley Cup champion with the Kings, a two-time Olympic gold medallist with the Canadian national team, and a Norris Trophy finalist.

Jeff Carter

#77 | 6′ 4″ | 215 lb | Age: 31

Born: January 1, 1985
Birthplace: London, ON, CAN
Position: C
Handedness: Right


Carter began his hockey career playing in the Ontario Hockey League in Canada before joining the AHL and playing for the Philadelphia Flyers. He was then traded to the Colombus Blue jackets before joining the LA Kings in 2012, where he has since won two Stanley Cups with the Kings.

Jonathan Quick

#32 | 6′ 1″ | 218 lb | Age: 30

Born: January 21, 1986
Birthplace: Milford, CT, USA
Position: G
Handedness: Left


Bio: Quick is the current goaltender for the LA Kings and was selected by Los Angeles at the 2005 NHL Entry Draft. Previously, Quick was a silver medalist with USA at the 2010 Winter Olympics. He’s won two Stanley Cup championships with the Kings, along with being the most recent goaltender to be awarded the Conn Smythe Trophy as the Most Valuable Player (MVP) of the 2012 Stanley Cup playoffs.