Game 15: Kings Win 3-1, improve to 7-6-2
CALGARY – Ideally, the Los Angeles Kings wanted to leave Alberta with four points and that’s just what they did. After defeating the Edmonton Oilers by a 3-1 score on Tuesday night, the Kings traveled to Calgary the next night and defeated the Flames by the same score. They now head home over .500 for the first time this season.
It was Los Angeles who opened the scoring as Dustin Brown scored his first goal in eight games to put the Kings up early. After Calgary’s TJ Brodie evened the score, Trevor Lewis answered back just 29 seconds later for his first of the year to regain the King lead.
After a scoreless second period, Jeff Carter potted his eighth nearly halfway through the third to give the Kings some insurance and that was all that scoring needed on this night.
In goal, Jonathan Bernier stood tall, frustrating the Flames’ offense all night as he stopped 26 of 27 shots en route to the victory. Bernier’s counterpart, Joey MacDonald, also played very well as he made 30 saves but it just wasn’t enough to give Calgary the win.
In addition to his insurance marker, Jeff Carter also picked up an assist as did Mike Richards and Anze Kopitar who each set up impressive one-timers for goals. In addition, defenseman Rob Scuderi had a productive night registering a pair of assists en route to the win.
Overall, a great effort by the Los Angeles Kings especially considering they played just the previous night. From their last two outings, however, the Kings are showing more character a little more gradually and having some players (Trevor Lewis and Colin Fraser) finally finding the scoresheet should give not only each player a boost of confidence but the team in general.
The Kings are now off until Saturday when they return home to host the Colorado Avalanche on a night where the home team will be sporting their vintage royal blue uniforms. It should be a great game. Let’s just hope the Kings can carry their momentum over to the weekend.