The Los Angeles Kings finished off a three-game road trip with a 3-1 win over the Calgary Flames on Wednesday, completing a sweep of the Alberta teams after also beating the Edmonton Oilers on Tuesday. The win marked the fourth in the last five contests for the Kings, pushing the defending champs' record over .500 for the first time this season.
Los Angeles received two first-period goals from forwards Dustin Brown and Trevor Lewis, and one more for insurance from forward Jeff Carter in the third, in improving its record to 7-6-2 on the year.
Brown put the Kings on the scoreboard first, taking a nice pass in the slot from Kopitar and picking the corner of the net at 6:15 of the first period for his fourth goal of the season and first in the last eight games.
Defenseman Rob Scuderi also picked up an assists on Brown's goal, the first of his two helpers on the night. Kopitar's assist was his 10th point (4 goals, 6 assists) in 14 games, tying him with Carter and Mike Richards for the team lead in points.
The Flames pulled even on defenseman T.J. Brodie's first goal of the season at 14:51 of the first, with the assist going to forwards Jiri Hudler and Jarome Iginla.
The tie game lasted all of 29 seconds before Lewis found the top of the net with a wrist shot off the rebound of a stopped shot from Carter, putting the Kings up 2-1 prior to the end of the first period. For Lewis, it was his first goal of the season after picking up his first two assists of the year in the previous game against the Oilers. Scuderi earned his second assist of the night on the play, just the fifth two-point game of his NHL career.
Carter gave the Kings a two-goal lead at 9:27 of the third period, lasering a shot past Flames goaltender Joey MacDonald for his team-leading eighth goal of the season. Mike Richards set the play up, controlling the puck in the offensive zone long enough to find Carter with a cross-ice pass. Kyle Clifford also picked up an assist on the play for his eighth point (2 goals, 6 assists) in 15 games this year, after finishing with just 12 points in 81 games all of last season.
Kings goaltender Jonathan Bernier made his third start of the season, stopping 26 of 27 shots in improving his record to 3-1-0. Bernier has allowed just one goal in each of his first three starts this season.
The Kings outshot the Flames 33 to 27 overall, and killed off all four of Calgary's power plays on the evening. The Flames, who dropped to 5-7-3 with the loss, entered Wednesday's game with the third best power play in the NHL.
Los Angeles closed out a stretch of eight out of nine games on the road with Wednesday's victory, and will now play eight of their next nine in front of the home crowd at Staples Center.
The Kings will play next on Saturday, at home against the Colorado Avalanche at 1 PM PST.Tags: Calgary Flames, Dustin Brown, Hockey, Jarome Iginla, Jeff Carter, Joey MacDonald, Jonathan Bernier, Los Angeles, Los Angeles Kings, Mike Richards, NHL, Rob Scuderi, T.J. Brodie, Trevor Lewis