The Five Takeaways: Flames vs. Kings
The Flames didn't send a ton of pucks at Kings netminder Jonathan Quick but the 26 year-old was sharp when he needed to be. There were times when he didn't face a shot for several minutes but when one was wired at him, he was on his game and in perfect position.
He was named the first star of the game for the shutout effort. He faced 19 shots overall.
Just like in Monday's tilt with the Dallas Stars, the Flames were flat-footed in the opening minutes and it cost them on the scoreboard.
At the 5:00 mark, the Kings were outshooting the home team 7-1 and the ice was definitely tilted in their favour. After some sustained pressure in Calgary's zone, Willie Mitchell sent a shot from the point that fluttered past a screened Miikka Kiprusoff at 5:30. Anze Kopitar and Slava Voynov assisted on the opening tally.
The Flames picked up some steam near the end of the frame when Mike Richards was called for goaltender interference but their power play didn't yield a goal. They headed to the locker room down 1-0 and being outshot 14-9.
The Kings stifled the Flames in the neutral and defensive zones all evening, pushing their opponents to the outside and cutting off shooting lanes. The Flames were able to generate a bit of momentum at the end of the first period but Quick kept them off the board and essentially quelled that pressure.
The Flames second period didn't have the energy fans saw at the conclusion of the first and the result was a scoreless frame for the home team. Shots were fairly even in the period, sitting at 7-6 for the Kings but in terms of genuine scoring opportunities, Los Angeles had the lion's share. By our count, chances sat at 6-2 for the Kings.
Dustin Brown made it a 2-0 game at 4:22.
The third period was almost a mirror image of the second. Los Angeles clamped down defensively and absolutely smothered any sort of forecheck the Flames attempted. Williams added an empty-netter to ice the win for his team.
The Flames power play chipped in for three goals on Monday but they just couldn't get anything going on Wednesday. Granted, the Kings penalty killing was superb but Calgary got caught up in trying to make too many passes and going for pretty play rather than just slamming shots on Quick.
The Flames had four power play opportunities in the game. They took four penalties and killed them all off successfully.
Anton Babchuk led the team in ice time on the power play. 6:40 of his 19:07 of ice time was with the extra man.
The loss keeps Calgary stalled in 11th place in the Western Conference with 85 points. The Canucks did the Flames a favour, knocking off Colorado in regulation which keeps the Avs in 10th place with 86 points. Los Angeles climbs back into a postseason position as they are now 8th with 88 points on the year.
Dallas beat the Oilers, pushing them into third place in the West with 89 points. The Sharks fell 3-1 to the Ducks which means they tumble down to 7th with 88 points. Phoenix resides in 9th with 87 points.