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Recap: MacDermid Ignites the Kings

Los Angeles Plays Spoiler and Douses the Flames 5-3

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NHL: FEB 12 Flames at Kings Photo by Adam Davis/Icon Sports

The Mood Going into the Game

It’s Dodgers Night at Staples Center and 16,000 in attendance received a Kings/Dodgers bobblehead. That’s a neat little incentive considering that the numbers since the new year are quite horrid: only two wins (one in regulation) balanced against thirteen losses. In seven of the losses, the Kings have scored one goal or fewer.

Bobblehead night at Staples Center.
Elizabeth Lloyd

Jonathan Quick is telling everyone it sucks without Kyle Clifford and Jack Campbell. Tyler Toffoli, Alec Martinez, and Trevor Lewis could be traded at any moment. And Drew Doughty is still chronically late to everything. Fingers crossed they can play spoiler the rest of the way and not be embarrassed on Saturday vs. a surging Colorado Avalanche team in the outdoor Stadium Series game. Let’s face it, now it’s the Alexis Lafrenière Sweepstakes because the Kings are cooked and it appears that they finally understand it.

First things, first. Game 58 vs. the Calgary Flames...

135-Word Recap

Cal Petersen picks up his first win of the season making 35 saves as the Kings down the Calgary Flames 5-3. After returning home to Staples Center after an uninspiring East Coast road trip that saw them go 0-4-0, the Kings tallied five goals for the first time in a month and showed some signs of life going into the national Stadium Series game in less than 72 hours. The Kings were fast, quick and physical. Kurtis MacDermid led the way in the physicality department falling an assist shy of a Gordie Howe Hat Trick. After sleepy 30 minutes, MacDermid squared off with former King Milan Lucic and took his helmet off with some stiff blows that woke up both teams but eventually ignited a Kings offensive outburst not seen in over a month.

Game Notes

Stars of the Game—MacDermid (1st), Petersen (2nd), Matt Roy (3rd)… The Kings have beaten the Flames three times this season... Five Kings scored on five goals... The win snapped a five-game Kings losing streak... The Kings improved to 20-33-5... The Flames fell to 29-23-6 and snapped a two game winning streak... Los Angeles won for the first time in regulation since January 9th, a 5-2 victory over the Vegas Golden Knights... Calgary’s Elias Lindholm extended his point streak to eight games... David Rittich made 28 saves... Kings scratches: D Ben Hutton, F Nikolai Prokhorkin, D Joakim Ryan... Flames scratches: F Sam Bennett, D Brandon Davidson, F Buddy Robinson... retired Dodger second baseman Chase Utley dropped the ceremonial first puck...


MacDermid-Lucic II

Flames 1. Kings 0.
11:32 / 2nd Period: Mikael Backlund (8) from Matthew Tkachuk (27)

Kings 1. Flames 1.
12:21 / 2nd Period: Tyler Toffoli (15) from Anze Kopitar (31) and Alex Iafallo (18)

Kings 2. Flames 1.
13:00 / 2nd Period: Austin Wagner with his first goal since December 14th.
Wagner (4) from Trevor Lewis (6)

Working over the Calgary Hooligans

Kings 3. Flames 1.
MacDermid on a pace for a Gordie Howe Hat Trick?
1:42 / 3rd Period: MacDermid (3) from Dustin Brown (15) and Blake Lizotte (14)

Kings 3. Flames 2.
3:25 / 3rd Period: Elias Lindholm (23) from Derek Ryan (18) and Johnny Gaudreau (32)

Kings 4. Flames 2.
15:12 / 3rd Period: Jeff Carter (17) from Adrian Kempe (14) and Martin Frk (1)

Kings 4. Flames 3.
16:55 / 3rd Period: Elias Lindholm (24) from Johnny Gaudreau (33) and Rasmus Andersson (13)

Eat it Tkachuk!

Kings 5. Flames 3.
Sean Walker from 180 Feet
19:57 / 3rd Period: Walker (5) from Kopitar (32)



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