Monahan scores shootout winner as Flames edge Kings
CALGARY — Sean Monahan scored his 21st goal and also notched the shootout winner Wednesday night as the red-hot Calgary Flames beat the Los Angeles Kings 4-3 for their fourth straight victory.
Tied 1-1 after three shooters with Marian Gaborik scoring for L.A. and Jiri Hudler responding for Calgary, Monahan improved his record in shootouts to 5-for-8 on the season, firing a shot past Jonathan Quick for his fourth shootout winner.
Karri Ramo then clinched the victory with a stop on Mike Richards. The Flames goaltender made 41 saves in regulation, and added a huge stop in overtime as Jarret Stoll tried to jam the puck over Ramo’s outstretched pad but couldn’t despite repeated attempts.
T.J. Galiardi and Matt Stajan also scored for Calgary (35-38-7), which has won seven of their last 10.
Stoll, Anze Kopitar and Jordan King scored for Los Angeles (45-28-7). The playoff-bound Kings, locked into third spot in the Pacific Division, are winless in four of their last five.
Trailing 3-0 at one point, the Kings got tied the game 3-3 at 12:18 of the third, taking advantage of a turnover in the Flames end by Calgary’s rookie winger Bryce Van Brabant, playing in his fifth career game.
After Van Brabant clearing attempt was intercepted at the Flames blue-line, Jake Muzzin’s shot was deflected in by King, who was screening Ramo.
It was the 15th goal of the season for King and his third in his last four games. The left-winger had missed the previous four games with an undisclosed injury.
On the heels of eight consecutive road wins, Los Angeles has just one point to show for the first three games of a four-game road trip, which wraps up Thursday in Edmonton.