Kings watch it slip away to Flames, 2-1

One slip, and a pratfall, and a franchise record went sliding away.

That might be the video clip lighting up hockey highlights Saturday night but there was a lot more than Kings goalie Ben Scrivens tumbling and trying to get up and falling again, leading to a shorthanded goal by the Calgary Flames' Blair Jones in the second period.

Scrivens and the Kings nearly recovered from that stumble and were within 23 seconds of escaping with at least a point, which would have been a Kings franchise record for points in 12 consecutive games.

But another series of mistakes led to Michael Cammalleri's goal at 19 minutes 37 seconds of the third period, giving the Flames a 2-1 victory over the Kings at Staples Center.

It was far too similar to a Kings loss to Calgary at Staples Center in late October. The Flames scored with 29.7 seconds remaining in regulation to spirit away with a 3-2 victory. In that one, the Kings gave up three power-play goals.

In this one? Just a crazy shorthanded goal to Jones and a dagger by a man who scored plenty of goals at Staples Center, the former King, Cammalleri.

"Cammalleri's a killer," Kings Coach Darryl Sutter said. "Every game that Cammy plays in here, it's like a home game for him, and he did it again tonight."

Unfortunately, for the Kings, Cammalleri had plenty of help. He was able to get wide open in front by virtue of a mental error by defenseman Slava Voynov. Voynov lost his stick and went to get it, leaving Cammalleri wide open.

But he was hardly the only culprit.

"That was a bad play all around," Sutter said. "That's all five guys. The puck is behind their goalie with less than a minute left. Kinger [Dwight King] should not have chased behind their net."

The Kings had pulled even on a late third-period goal, a milestone for two players.

Justin Williams scored from above the right circle, beating goalie Karri Ramo up high over the shoulder on the stick side at 15:27. It was the 200th goal for Williams and the second assist went to center Anze Kopitar, which was his 500th point in the NHL.

"We left it too late and unfortunately I couldn't come up with a save," said Scrivens, who suffered his first loss in regulation for the Kings after going 5-0-3 in his first eight starts.

Earlier, his stumble and fall resulted in the Jones goal at 15:50 of the second period, starting when Scrivens went well out of the crease, going to his left, to play the puck.

The Kings happened to be on a five-minute power-play after defenseman Ladislav Smid was ejected for boarding King.

"That stuff happens," Scrivens said. "It's a game on ice. I caught an edge and they were fortunate to capitalize on it. I was trying to get out there and play the puck and help the D-men out. That was my plan going out and an unfortunate break. You catch and edge and 90% of the time, that doesn't really do anything.

"This time, it unfortunately might have cost us the game."

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