From the current captain to the previous one, the
Then it hit the turbulent waters that is the Kings’ rivalry with the
It got predictably chippy. Calgary took a run at
But it was Tkachuk's tying goal, his second of the game, midway through the third period that forced overtime, finished off by Sean Monahan's winning goal.
"It's a division home game, and having a lead late in the third, you definitely don't want to give that up," Kopitar said. "It's still a point that we'll take, but we can't let that become a habit where we're giving up leads late in the third, especially at home. It's definitely a sour taste in our mouth."
Kopitar began the comeback in another fine game that further affirmed he's back. Brown, the Kings captain before Kopitar, displayed great stickwork with back-to-back goals on deflections to erase a two-goal deficit.
Both have three goals in the first three games of the season. Calgary debuted 45-year-old
Kopitar cut the deficit to 2-1 with a wrist shot from the left circle that broke the shutout in the second period. The Kings buzzed with energy following six minutes’ worth of penalty killing after
Tkachuk, of course, is public enemy to the Kings because of his illegal elbow to Doughty last season. Doughty took a hit from
Brown said he didn't see the play but understands why the Flames are hunting Doughty.
"If I'm on any other team, I'm targeting Drew," Brown said. "He's a big part of team. That's what you have to do to the other team.
"I think a big part of [the rivalry] is … they were in the playoffs and we weren't last year. We've got to change that."
Commissioner Gary Bettman took in the game and touched on several topics in an informal visit.
Bettman said that the
"We've got to make sure that everybody's onside before we can move forward," Bettman said. "But our goal is to do more because it was such a great experience and the Kings traveled so well."
Bettman attended the emotional home opener for the Vegas Golden Knights on Tuesday and referenced Christiana Duarte, a Kings employee who was among the Las Vegas mass shooting victims recognized in a pregame ceremony.
Bettman said there are no immediate plans for the Kings to play in another outdoor game or host any other NHL events. The Kings held the 2010 draft and last season's All-Star game. The Ducks have never hosted either.
"There will be more events on the horizon, but we do have to spread them around," Bettman said.