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.
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...
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.
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...
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)
Calgary, Alta. native Austin Wagner scored the second of two @LAKings goals in span of 29 seconds.— NHL Public Relations (@PR_NHL) February 13, 2020
The fastest two regular-season goals in franchise history is six seconds: Nov. 2, 1972 (vs. BOS) and April 15, 1999 (vs. ANA). #NHLStats https://t.co/vlsCCMHkwd pic.twitter.com/ZaQxZhi3BP
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)
Toddfather on if he said anything to Austin Wagner after ending long goal drought...— Dennis Bernstein (@DennisTFP) February 13, 2020
“just leave him alone, don’t ask him any questions, leave him alone (laughter). We’re happy for him, he stuck with it and he didn’t lose his spirit at all.”
McLellan: “We’ve been on the road so much lately, and the reward hasn’t been there for some real good efforts … Coming home here, to stick with it, it’s always a competitive game against that team. A lot of emotion. It was a good thing for us tonight.”— Jack Harris (@Jack_A_Harris) February 13, 2020
Martinez on MacDermid - "He's a heart and soul guy. Works his tail off and made a lot of really big plays for us tonight. That fight was huge. Anytime you take on someone like Lucic, that takes a real set of cojones."— John Hoven | The Mayor (@mayorNHL) February 13, 2020
More from Wagner on snapping his scoring drought: "For that one to go in, it was nice to see. Lewie was coming at me [during the celebrating] going, ‘Oh my god! Oh my god!’ I was just yelling, ‘I got one, finally.’ He was laughing. It was a funny moment between us two.” https://t.co/SUbC16JslR— Jack Harris (@Jack_A_Harris) February 13, 2020
The more scouts I talk with regarding Tyler Toffoli, I get the feeling he is Plan C for most teams. Not sure if Plan C gets you a second round draft pick.— jonathan davis (@westcoasthky) February 13, 2020
I can also see the Kings re-signing Toffoli this summer as long as he is willing to take a haircut on salary #LAKings