Sports Large Right Rail Promo

NHL on Twitter

National Hockey League
Los Angeles 3, Calgary 2
When: 9:00 PM ET, Thursday, March 31, 2022
Where: Scotiabank Saddledome, Calgary, Alberta
Referees: Marc Joannette, Peter MacDougall
Linesmen: Julien Fournier, Justin Johnson
Attendance: 16398

Lias Andersson scored the shootout winner to give the visiting Los Angeles Kings a much-needed 3-2 victory over the Calgary Flames on Thursday in a clash between the Pacific Division's top two clubs.

Andersson, the only player to score in the shootout for either team, worked down the ice and released a wrist shot from the slot that just squeaked between goalie Jacob Markstrom's legs and into the cage.

Los Angeles goaltender Cal Petersen stopped 26 shots through regulation and overtime and all three Flames attempts in the shootout.

Alex Iafallo and Viktor Arvidsson scored for the Kings, who pulled within five points of the Flames in the chase for the top spot in the division.

Johnny Gaudreau and Erik Gudbranson replied for Calgary, which has three games in hand on Los Angeles. Markstrom stopped 30 shots, including six during the overtime period. The Flames didn't put a shot on net in OT.

The teams meet again Monday in Los Angeles.

After a scoreless opening period, Iafallo put the Kings on the board 65 seconds into the second period. Taking advantage of a lazy Calgary line change, the Kings raced up ice and Iafallo converted a two-on-one rush with Adrian Kempe for his 15th goal of the season.

The Flames, who were struggling to create sustained pressure, drew even with Gaudreau's tally 1:36 into the third period. With Calgary on a power play because Gaudreau was the recipient of a cross check from Sean Durzi, the Flames winger was parked near the net when he pounced on a loose puck for his 31st goal of the season.

Then it was Calgary's turn to blow a lead. Gudbranson put the Flames ahead with 6:27 remaining in regulation with a long wrist shot from the point that somehow made it through the maze and into the net for his sixth goal of the campaign.

Arvidsson replied 125 seconds later. Phillip Danault fed a perfect pass into the slot, and Arvidsson converted for his 19th of the campaign. It's the first time he has scored against Calgary, in his 16th meeting.

The Flames took another hit with defenseman Oliver Kylington leaving the game in the middle of the third period after he crashed heavily into the end boards.

--Field Level Media

Top Game Performances
 
Los Angeles   Calgary
Viktor Arvidsson 1 Points Johnny Gaudreau 1
Viktor Arvidsson 1 Goals Johnny Gaudreau 1
Phillip Danault 1 Assists Noah Hanifin 1
N/A Power Play Goals Johnny Gaudreau 1
N/A Short Handed Goals N/A
Cal Petersen .929 Save Percentage Jacob Markstrom .938
Cal Petersen 26 Saves Jacob Markstrom 30
Team Stats Summary
 
Team Shots Goals Power Play Penalty Kill Penalty Mins Face Offs Won
Los Angeles 32 3 0-2 2-3 6 32
Calgary 28 2 1-3 2-2 4 27
Upcoming Games
  • Calgary will play their next game at home against St. Louis. The Flames have a W/L % of .610 after a win and .577 after a loss.
  • Los Angeles will play their next game on the road against Winnipeg. The Kings have a W/L % of .500 after a win and .559 after a loss.