March 29, 2017
The Kings prevented the Flames from clinching a playoff spot on Wednesday night in Alberta, defeating Calgary 4-1.
Jerome Iginla led the way for LA, scoring his 100th career game-winning goal, picking up an assist, and decisively winning a fight against Deryk Engelland. Trevor Lewis, Anze Kopitar, and Jeff Carter also scored for the Kings.
This game was all about revenge for the Kings. When these two teams last met on March 19, Calgary rookie Matthew Tkachuk elbowed Drew Doughty in the face and picked up a two game suspension. Even prior to the start of the game, Kyle Clifford approached Tkachuk near center ice and exchanged words with the Flames rookie, as did other members of both teams.
Tkachuk fought Kings’ defenseman Brayden McNabb in the 1st period, and Tkachuk was dropped to the ice after a good upper cut. Iginla’s fight with Engelland resulted in a cut opening up on forehead of the Flames’ defenseman.
It was Iginla’s goal with 46 seconds left in the 2nd period that would be the decisive tally. The goal came during a big scramble in front of Flames’ goalie Brian Elliott. Iginla now has 5 goals in 13 games for LA.
Doug Hamilton scored the Flames only goal. Calgary will have another chance to clinch a playoff spot on Friday night against the Sharks at home.
Ben Bishop made 29 saves for LA. Bishop is now 2-2-2 since being acquired from Tampa at the trade deadline.
The Kings will try to keep their dim playoff hopes alive on Friday night in Vancouver, against the Canucks.