The Los Angeles Kings came into the game 6-3-0 against the Calgary Flames who boasted a record of 3-2-2. Well, due to a senseless penalty by Kings top point getter, Anze Kopitar, the Flames extinguished LA’s hopes of winning this game at Staples Center. Calgary defenseman TJ Brodie slapped in a flaming pie from the top of the slot with a half a minute left in game for the go ahead goal.
T.J. Brodie scores with 29.7 left on a power-play set up by Anze Kopitar’s, um, hooking penalty. Flames steal one from LA Kings 3-2.
— Greg Beacham (@gregbeacham) October 22, 2013
Penalties were the story for the Kings as all three Flames goals came whilst they were on the power play. The Kings gave them plenty of chances as they drew six against the Flames, giving the young team ample time to take advantage of the first clash with renewed division rivals.
The Kings lead after one period when super defenseman Drew Doughty scored off of a wrist shot just as the period was winding down. Douhgty, who has been up and down in his play lately, got this game off right as he looked good through most of the game. The Flames got back in when former King, Mike Cammalleri scored, on one knee mind you, from inside the right circle. Just over ten minutes later, the kid with the hot hand for Calgary, Sean Monahan (eight points in the last seven games) got the 2-1 lead for Calgary.
The penalties did not completely hamper the Kings as scoring machnine, Jeff Carter, tied it up with a short-handed goal 16+ minutes into the second period.
After the game, Kings head coach Darryl Sutter put it best: “I thought we looked fatigued.” If this is the case, watch for some line up changes in the next few games.
The Kings who spent the week on the road before their last home game on Sunday, might have been a factor, but home is where the heart is and this team seemed more disinterested than tired. After four tough road games, the Kings need to assert their dominance every time they play over the big black shield at center ice. They have a chance to salvage a nice home stand as the Phoenix Coyotes come to town on Thursday.