Suddenly, the smooth-running, efficient penalty-killing machine known as the
It was supposed to be the
The final salvo was a painful one for the Kings, coming with 29.7 seconds remaining in regulation. Calgary defenseman TJ Brodie scored his first of the season, converting on a low shot from the top of the slot to beat Kings goalie Jonathan Quick.
"I think maybe everyone is trying too hard," Kings center
Said Kopitar: "We took some bad penalties, including myself. It was a stupid penalty on my part and shouldn't have happened."
Earlier, the great center scoring drought appeared to come to a merciful end for the Kings. But it didn't even last beyond the second intermission. The Kings are still without a goal by any of their centers after 10 games.
For a few fleeting minutes, Richards was credited with a short-handed goal late in the second period. But nearly everyone in the building — even those with poor eyesight in the cheap seats — thought the goal eventually would be changed to Jeff Carter.
And it was.
Carter made a superb rush down the right wing, victimizing Flames defenseman
Until then, it had been a battle of the team's respective power plays. The Kings had not given up a power-play goal since
Calgary ended that impressive run early in the second period and added another for good measure later in the period. The first came from a wide-open Mike Cammalleri in the right circle, at 2:50 of the second period, making it 1-1.
Cammalleri's one-timer was his first of the season, in his first game, as the former Kings forward has been out because of an injured hand.
Flames rookie center Sean Monahan capitalized on the power play at 13:39 of the second, giving Calgary a 2-1 lead after defenseman
Monahan has scored in six of the Flames' eight games this season and the only team to hold him without a point happened to be the Ducks on Oct. 16
The Kings' only lead of the game came on Doughty's power-play goal at 18:36 of the first period.