NHL
Complete – March 31, 2016 – 10:30 PM ET – Staples Center, Los Angeles, California – Attendance: 18,417 – Duration: 2 Hours, 21 Minutes
Officials
 
Linesman #73 Vaughan Rody
Linesman #55 Shane Heyer
Referee #48 Graham Skilliter
Referee #19 Gord Dwyer
Boxscore
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Skater Stats
POSplayerSHgappgshg+/-pimtoi
LWJohnny Gaudreau200000018:14
LWMicheal Ferland00000-1012:50
LWBrandon Bollig000000010:07
LWEmile Poirier00000000:00
CHunter Shinkaruk10000-1017:50
CSean Monahan200000017:25
CSam Bennett10000-2015:41
CJosh Jooris00000-1215:17
CMikael Backlund100000215:02
CJoe Colborne10000-1014:29
CDerek Grant100000013:16
CLance Bouma100000012:52
CMatt Stajan100000012:40
DMark Giordano100000022:50
DTJ Brodie40000-1022:39
DJakub Nakladal100000019:26
DDougie Hamilton20000-2219:15
DDeryk Engelland200000019:06
DJyrki Jokipakka00000-1016:53
DBrett Kulak00000000:00
Skater Stats
POSplayerSHgappgshg+/-pimtoi
LWMilan Lucic001001017:22
LWDwight King100000016:04
LWTanner Pearson200000015:56
LWKyle Clifford20000009:19
LWAndy Andreoff21000107:36
CAnze Kopitar102001021:12
CJeff Carter321102018:36
CTyler Toffoli300000015:39
CTrevor Lewis100000013:55
CVincent Lecavalier100000013:43
CNic Dowd00000007:56
RWDustin Brown400001018:36
DDrew Doughty201001223:11
DJake Muzzin300000022:17
DAlec Martinez100000021:34
DRob Scuderi000001019:42
DBrayden McNabb101001018:01
DLuke Schenn200001215:24
Goalie Stats
POSplayerShotsGoalsSavesSV%TOI
GJoni Ortio2932689.6659:57
GJonas Hiller00000:00
GNiklas Backstrom00000:00
Goalie Stats
POSplayerShotsGoalsSavesSV%TOI
GJonathan Quick21021100.0059:57
GJhonas Enroth00000:00
Period 1
timeteamdetailCALLA
2:35
Penalty on Drew Doughty: 2 minutes for Holding the stick
Period 2
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0:35
Penalty on Josh Jooris: 2 minutes for Goaltender interference
0:46
Goal scored by Jeff Carter (Power Play)
Assisted by: Drew Doughty and Anze Kopitar
01
6:14
Goal scored by Jeff Carter
Assisted by: Milan Lucic and Brayden McNabb
02
9:02
Penalty on Luke Schenn: 2 minutes for Interference
Period 3
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5:15
Penalty on Mikael Backlund: 2 minutes for Tripping
8:43
Penalty on Dougie Hamilton: 2 minutes for Tripping
12:38
Goal scored by Andy Andreoff
Assisted by: Jeff Carter and Anze Kopitar
03
Kings blank Flames, reclaim first place

LOS ANGELES — After losing four of their five previous games, the Los Angeles Kings righted the ship and reclaimed the top spot in the Pacific Division.

Jeff Carter scored two goals and recorded an assist, leading the Kings to a 3-0 victory over the Calgary Flames on Thursday night at Staples Center.

Anze Kopitar had two assists as the Kings (46-26-5) edged back into first place in the Pacific by a point over the Anaheim Ducks with five games remaining. One of those contests is a clash next Thursday with the Ducks at Staples Center.

“We want to finish first,” said Carter, who earned his fifth multi-goal game of the season and has seven points (four goals, three assists) in the past four games. “We want home ice. We have five games left here, and we have to put some wins together.”

Goaltender Jonathan Quick stopped all 21 shots he faced for Los Angeles, which won for only the second time in the past six outings. Quick tied his club single-season record with his 39th victory. It also was his fifth shutout of the season and 42nd of his career.

“This is the best time of year,” said Los Angeles left winger Milan Lucic, who tallied his 34th assist, one shy of his career high. “Heading into the playoffs, last couple games, we’re trying to get our game up to that level that it needs to be at to have success in the playoffs. Key guys have to step up and play their game when things get tough and when things mean the most.”

Goalie Joni Ortio had 26 saves for Calgary, which fell for the second night in a row. The Flames (32-40-6) were pounded 8-3 by the Ducks on Wednesday. They are 0-8-0 this season against the Ducks and Kings.

“They got a good start and I think they took over a little bit in the first (period) and then they scored on that power play in the second,” Calgary center Mikael Backlund said. “I thought we battled hard all night. They’re an aggressive team. They play quick and forecheck (well). At times, we didn’t help each other out. We were putting pucks in bad spots.”

The Kings scored on power play 46 seconds into the second period and 11 seconds after Josh Jooris was sent to the box for interference on Quick. Carter misdirected a shot by Drew Doughty, bouncing the puck off the ice and forcing it to sail past Ortio for a 1-0 Los Angeles lead. With the assist, Doughty passed Steve Duchesne for second in all-time points among Kings defensemen with 316.

Carter scored again at 6:14 of the middle period. After taking a pass near center ice, Lucic rushed down the left side and dropped a pass to Carter, who tapped in a winner past Ortio for a 2-0 advantage. For Carter, it was his 22nd goal of the season.

Andy Andreoff added a third-period goal at 12:38 to cap the scoring.

“I’m disappointed to say the least,” Calgary coach Bob Hartley said. “You can like your team’s performance in the second and third, but at the end of the day, we’re going home empty-handed, and that’s not what we came here for.”

Backlund appeared to score a goal late in the second period, but it was waved off when center Joe Colborne was whistled for incidental contact in the crease. The Flames asked for a review, but the call stood.

“It’s a good win for us,” Carter said. “We need to get some wins and get some points. We still have a long ways to go.”

The Kings have captured all three meetings with the Flames this season. The teams meet again for the final time this season April 5 at Calgary.

NOTES: The Kings are 26-17-2 against the Western Conference and 16-10-0 against the Pacific Division. The Flames fell to 17-25-2 mark against Western teams and 8-15-2 versus Pacific clubs. … Calgary scratched D Dennis Wideman, RW Emile Poirier, D Brett Kulak, RW, Michael Frolik and G Jonas Hiler. D Jamie McBain, RW Kris Versteeg and C Nick Shore were unavailable for Los Angeles. … Calgary and Los Angeles were the only squads with three defensemen in the top 25 for scoring on the road through Wednesday. They included Mark Giordano (22 points), Dougie Hamilton (21) and TJ Brodie (19) of the Flames and Drew Doughty (28), Alec Martinez (20) and Jake Muzzin (19) of the Kings. … Both clubs resume play Saturday. The Flames visit the Edmonton Oilers, while the Kings host the Dallas Stars. … An announced crowd of 18,417 attended.

Kings pull out road win over Flames

CALGARY, Alberta — The Los Angeles Kings scratched out a huge win Tuesday when another road loss appeared likely as part of a troublesome late-season slide heading to the playoffs.

Kris Versteeg jammed in the tying goal with 35 seconds remaining and Jeff Carter scored the winner on a breakaway 40 seconds into overtime to lift the Kings to a 5-4 win over the Calgary Flames.

The Kings snapped a five-game road losing streak. They are 3-7 in their past 10 games.

Milan Lucic scored twice and Andy Andreoff added a goal for the Kings.

Deryk Engelland scored with just over four minutes left in the third period to give the Flames a 4-3 lead. Mickael Backlund, Hunter Shinkaruk and Mark Giordano also had goals for Calgary.

The Kings are tied with the Anaheim Ducks in the battle for first place in the Western Conference’s Pacific Division. Anaheim lost 2-1 in overtime to Winnipeg on Tuesday, leaving both the Ducks and Kings

at 99 points.

“I think they got crossed up a bit at the blue line there,” said Carter, explaining his goal.

“I think (Flames’ Sean Monahan) fumbled the puck and I just jumped on it. It’s one of those plays where I made a read and either it’s going to work out or they’re going back 3-on-2 on our net. Luckily it did.

“Not our greatest game, but this time of year we’ll take two points and a win and go back home and try to finish out the season strong.”

It was the Kings’ final road game of the regular season. They face the Ducks at home on Thursday and the Winnipeg Jets on Sunday to close out their schedule.

“Wins haven’t come easy for us on the road lately, so it took all the way to the end to get it into overtime and the first shift of overtime we make it count, so it’s nice to get a win,” Lucic said. “We can take positive energy from this win and take it into the last two games of the season.”

Kings coach Darryl Sutter wanted it noted his team set a franchise record for wins.

“You get 47 wins in a year and your goal going into the year is to try and get 100 points and we’re that close. That’s pretty good for a team that didn’t make the playoffs last year,” he said.

Calgary will not be in the playoffs and has a home game against the Vancouver Canucks on Thursday and a road game in Minnesota on Saturday to end its season.

Other than the ending, the Flames were happy with their effort.

“The first 10 minutes I think was a little bit in their favor, but once the 10-minute mark came, I think we started pushing back a little bit and playing a little bit,” said Engelland.

“From that point on, I think we had a pretty solid game overall. To come up with a loss is a little bit of a heart-breaker, but overall I think that it was a pretty solid game.”

Giordano and Andreoff exchanged goals quickly in the third period. Giordano snapped home a power-play goal 33 seconds into the period and Andreoff scored on a backhander at 1:05.

“Those are ones you don’t want to accept,” Giordano said. “You don’t want to accept losing those ones late.”

Backlund opened the scoring at 3:41 of the first period when his centering pass from behind the net went in off Anze Kopitar’s skate. It was only one of four shots the Flames mustered in the opening 20

minutes as they were outshot 12-4.

Kopitar was involved in tying the score at 9:53 of the first period. He was stopped on a rush, but Lucic was following the play and snapped the loose puck through Joni Ortio’s pads from the left faceoff circle.

Lucic knocked a rebound into an open net to give the Kings a 2-1 lead 14 seconds into the second period. Shinkaruk banged in a rebound to tie the score at 15:51.

NOTES: Flames LW and Calgary native Hunter Shinkaruk made his Saddledome debut Tuesday. Shinkaruk was acquired in a Feb. 22 trade with Vancouver and was recalled from AHL Stockton on March 28. “It was cool (this morning) to have these colors on and skating around the Dome,” Shinkaruk said. … Flames captain Mark Giordano’s goal and assist gives him 300 points in his 590-game NHL career. … The Kings summoned D Kevin Gravel from AHL Ontario on Sunday to fill in for D Alec Martinez (undisclosed injury), who missed a second straight game Monday. … Other Kings scratches included D Rob Scuderi, LW Kyle Clifford and C Nic Dowd. … Calgary’s scratches were D Dennis Wideman, RW Michael Frolik and G Niklas Backstrom. … Kings coach Darryl Sutter coached his 1,200th game Sunday in Vancouver, becoming the 15th coach in league history to do so.


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