Kings snuff Flames
CALGARY—A trip through Alberta has turned around the season for L.A. winger Trevor Lewis.
Lewis’ first goal of the season was the game-winner last night as the Kings swept back-to-back games in the province with a 3-1 victory over the Calgary Flames.
Lewis collected a rebound at the side of the net, paused briefly to control the puck, then zipped a shot into the top corner over the shoulder of Flames’ goalie Joey MacDonald.
“The puck was bouncing so I had to wait for it to settle and I just fired it,” noted Lewis, who scored for the first time in 31 games.
“I didn’t see it go in,” he added. “I thought actually [Mike] Richards touched it, so I didn’t get as good of a celebration as I would have liked.
“But it still feels great to get the goose egg off.”
Lewis had gone 13 games without a point before picking up two assists Tuesday night in the Kings’ 3-1 win over Edmonton.
“To get a chance to play with Richards or [Jeff] Carter, you pretty much just have to get them the puck and get open, and good things will happen,” he reasoned.
It would be all the offence Jonathan Bernier would need. With Jonathan Quick getting the night off, the Kings’ back-up goalie made 26 stops to improve to 3-1-0.
Dustin Brown and Carter also scored for L.A. (7-6-2) while T.J. Brodie scored the lone goal for Calgary (5-7-3).
With Miikka Kiprusoff [knee] missing his eighth game, MacDonald made his second start and first at home since being claimed off waivers from the Detroit Red Wings.
He had 30 saves in seeing his record fall to 1-2-0.
He also got bowled over by Lewis early in the second period. The play resulted in a goaltender interference call on Lewis, but not much show of emotion from the Flames, which disappointed coach Bob Hartley.
“Joey MacDonald gave us a great game but the bottom line is we have to be a grittier team,” he stressed.
“It’s as simple as this. We need to be in people’s face.
“They ran our goalie,” Hartley added. “There was no consequences to this, and that’s just not acceptable.”
Elsewhere in the NHL, Philadelphia topped Pittsburgh 6-5 and Colorado nipped St. Louis 1-0 (OT).