Kings Get Out the Brooms as They Sweep Away Flickering Flames

Game 24: Kings Win 3-1, improve to 14-8-2

LOS ANGELES – After beating them 6-2 on Saturday night, the Los Angeles Kings couldn’t get quite get enough as they topped the Calgary Flamesagain on Monday night, this time by a 3-1 score for their eighth home win in their last nine tries and 11 victories in their last 14 overall. With the victory, Los Angeles has now swept the season series with Calgary winning all three meetings, outscoring them 12-4 over that span.

March 11, 2013; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Kings goalie Jonathan Quick (32) blocks a shot as defenseman Keaton Ellerby (5) helps to defend against Calgary Flames right wing Brian McGrattan (16) during the second period at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

The Kings only had on power play in this game and they made it count at 5:39 of the first as Slava Voynov took a point shot and captain Dustin Brown was right in front of the net to tip it in for his seventh. Then, a few minutes later, Jarret Stoll fired a wrister past Joey MacDonald to put Los Angeles up by a pair. The goal was Stoll’s fourth on the campaign.

After a scoreless second period, Mikael Backlund scored a highlight-reel goal to pull the Flames to within one but that was all that they could muster as Dustin Brown added an empty-netter for his second of the night to ice it for the Kings.

They went 4-1-0 on their current homestand and with 30 points on the year, the Los Angeles Kings pass their official halfway-point of the regular season on a high note. Thanks to contributions from players all across the board including Jake Muzzin who added a pair of assists on Monday, the Kings are definitely looking good – a sharp contrast from how they fared during the first few weeks of the season.

In goal, Jonathan Quick had a much better outing (not that he didn’t on Saturday). Quick was very effective, though, stopping 23 of 24 shots including a plethora of crucial saves en route to the victory. He may have had an up-and-down here so far but there is no argument that Jonathan Quick answered the bell on Monday, standing tall when he had to be.

With that said, there’s no rest for the Kings as they travel to Glendale to prepare for a Tuesday night matchup in the desert when they take on the Phoenix Coyotes in a rivalry with no love lost at all.

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