The Calgary Flames continued their California road trip, starting a back-to-back set before the Christmas break with the first of two games coming against the Los Angeles Kings.
The Flames got ahead right away as Milan Lucic sprung Jonathan Huberdeau on a breakaway. However, the Kings tied it up at one apiece before the period was over. The game remained that way through two periods, but early in the third, Los Angeles scored twice in ten seconds to go up by two.
Fortunately for the Flames, they were able to respond, first scoring on the power play to keep them in it. The Kings were awarded a penalty shot but Dan Vladar was up to the task. By keeping it a one-goal game, the Flames were able to score again in the latter half of the third period. The game opened up as the teams traded chances but it went to overtime knotted at 3–3.
Overtime saw the Flames with a few chances. The storyline here was that Huberdeau had some opportunities to shoot but he passed instead to turn high probability plays into missed opportunities. The Kings got a break the other direction and Los Angeles scored the overtime goal to end the game.
Calgary will look to close out the road trip with a bounce back game against the Anaheim Ducks. Charts from the game below.
|Jonathan Huberdeau||Milan Lucic||03:23 | 1st||CGY 1 – 0 LAK|
|Gabriel Vilardi||Sean Walker, Blake Lizotte||17:41 | 1st||CGY 1 – 1 LAK|
|Phillip Danault||Alex Iafallo||01:29 | 3rd||CGY 1 – 2 LAK|
|Blake Lizotte||Gabriel Vilardi||01:39 | 3rd||CGY 1 – 3 LAK|
|Tyler Toffoli (PPG)||Rasmus Andersson, Adam Ruzicka||06:46 | 3rd||CGY 2 – 3 LAK|
|Dillon Dube||Noah Hanifin, Elias Lindholm||13:32 | 3rd||CGY 3 – 3 LAK|
|Adrian Kempe||Viktor Arvidsson||03:23 | 4th||CGY 3 – 4 LAK|
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