LOS ANGELES -- Jeff Carter opened the scoring with his 13th goal in 13 games, Justin Williams had a goal and two assists, and the Los Angeles Kings beat Calgary 6-2 on Saturday night in their first of back-to-back home games against the Flames.
Anze Kopitar, Colin Fraser, Trevor Lewis and rookie defenseman Jake Muzzin also had goals, defenseman Slava Voynov tied a career high with his second three-assist game in a week, and Jonathan Quick made 17 saves to help lift the defending Stanley Cup champions into a tie with St. Louis and Detroit for fourth place in the Western Conference.
Michael Cammalleri and Alex Tanguay scored for Calgary. Miikka Kiprusoff, making his third straight start after missing 13 games because of a sprained knee, gave up six goals on 22 shots and was replaced by Joey MacDonald after Fraser's goal with 11:38 remaining.
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The Flames' first visit to Los Angeles this season was eventful from the start.
Less than a half-minute after the opening faceoff, Kings center Mike Richards skated toward the red line and fired a slap shot that hit Kiprusoff's right arm and bounced off the left post. The puck rolled parallel with the goal line and through the other side of the crease.
The standing-room-only crowd of 18,248 was still buzzing about the close call when Dennis Wideman put a wrist shot past Quick at 2:48, but the goal was waved off because of a goalie interference call against Lee Stempniak.
Apparently still upset about the call by referee Kyle Rehman, the Calgary bench received an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty at 3:04. Los Angeles capitalized on the ensuing power play when Carter redirected Dustin Brown's short pass from a few feet away, extending his goal streak to four games.
The Kings were then whistled for three penalties in 75 seconds. The first two resulting in the tying goal by Cammalleri at 7:24 during a 5-on-3 advantage.
Wideman faked a shot from the high slot and fed a pass to the former Kings center, who had plenty of room at the right side of the net with Quick out of position to score his ninth goal.
Kings center Jarret Stoll, who won 24 of 29 faceoffs in the previous two games, was given a delay-of-game penalty for a faceoff violation right after Cammalleri's goal when he tied up the Flames' goal leader with his stick on the ensuing draw. That gave Calgary a two-man advantage for another 1:38.
The Kings survived that threat, and Muzzin regained the lead for them at 10:42 with a long wrist shot through traffic that beat Kiprusoff through a screen. Lewis made it 3-1 at 18:23 with a wrist shot over Kiprusoff's glove.
Tanguay scored 17 seconds before the first intermission, but Williams, restored the Kings' two-goal margin at 9:44 of the second period on a deflection of Voynov's long slap shot through a screen. Voynov also had three assists Monday night in a 5-1 win against Nashville.
|Los Angeles Kings defenseman Slava Voynov ties a career high with his second three-assist game in a week. (USATSI)|
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|04:18||Power Play - Jeff Carter (17), Tip-In. Assist: Brown, Voynov|
|07:24||Power Play - Mike Cammalleri (9), Wrist Shot. Assist: Wideman, Iginla|
|10:42||- Jake Muzzin (5), Snap Shot. Assist: Fraser, Williams|
|18:23||- Trevor Lewis (4), Snap Shot. Assist: Voynov|
|19:43||- Alex Tanguay (7), Tip-In. Assist: Giordano, Stajan|
|09:44||- Justin Williams (3), Tip-In. Assist: Voynov, Kopitar|
|03:53||- Anze Kopitar (8), Snap Shot. Assist: Williams|
|08:22||- Colin Fraser (2), Wrist Shot. Assist: Nolan, Penner|
|03:04||Cervenka, 2 min, Abuse of Official(bench)|
|06:09||Voynov, 2 min, Interference|
|07:06||Ellerby, 2 min, Boarding|
|07:24||Stoll, 2 min, Face-Off Interference|
|08:22||McGrattan, 10 min, Gross Misconduct|
|08:40||Jackman, 5 min, Fighting|
|08:40||Clifford, 5 min, Fighting|
|18:43||Nolan, 2 min, Slashing|
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