CALGARY — Drew Doughty scored a power-play goal 50 seconds into overtime to give the Los Angeles Kings their first win of the season, 4-3 against the Calgary Flames at Scotiabank Saddledome on Tuesday.
Doughty won it with a one-timer from the left face-off circle off a pass from Anze Kopitar with Flames forward Sam Bennett in the penalty box for tripping Kopitar late in the third.
“We work on the 4-on-3, 5-on-3 on the power play all the time. It’s not necessarily a set play, just running our routes and [Kopitar] has different options on the routes, and he found me as the option. I just tried to rip it, deflected, goal.”
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Doughty and Ilya Kovalchuk each had a goal and two assists for the Kings (1-1-0), who lost their season opener 6-5 at the Edmonton Oilers on Saturday. Jack Campbell made 26 saves.
“It was a tremendous effort, a great start in a tough building to play in,” said Todd McLellan, who got his first win as Los Angeles coach. “We needed that. It healed the wounds of the Edmonton game, I thought, real quick and gave us confidence. They’re a good team. They ended up in first last year in the division for a reason. They pushed back, yet we had some resolve to continue on and find a way to win it.”
Matthew Tkachuk tied the game 3-3 for the Flames with his second goal of the night with 1:04 left in the third. He played the puck out of the air and batted it before it hit the ice.
“It was a good feeling, and once you get to overtime, you get a point and try to find a way to get the second one,” Tkachuk said. “They made a nice play. Kopitar made an unbelievable pass, and that was the game. It was a good feeling for maybe a minute or two, but not anymore.”
David Rittich made 36 saves for Calgary (1-1-1), which came back from down 3-0.
“I’m excited for Round 2 in a couple weeks in L.A,” Tkachuk said.
Tkachuk made it 3-1 at 10:51 of the second period when he intercepted Kopitar’s pass in the Los Angeles zone and shot by Campbell’s blocker from the left hash marks. It was Calgary’s seventh shot on goal.
Noah Hanifin made it 3-2 at 13:33 with a backhand from a sharp angle off the rush.
“We stopped making plays,” Doughty said. “We started sitting back. We started high-flipping pucks out of our zone and chipping it back to their D-men. When we were exiting our zone, we stopped making tape-to-tape plays. When you stop doing that, especially a team like Calgary, you’re letting them come back and tie up the game.”
Tyler Toffoli scored with a shot through traffic to put the Kings up 1-0 at 2:53 of the first period.
Sean Walker made it 2-0 with 2:34 remaining in the first with a sharp-angled shot. It was the 16th of 20 shots for the Kings in the period.
“The first period isn’t how we’re going to be successful this year, that’s for sure, to say it nicely,” Tkachuk said. “We got completely outplayed in the first.
Kovalchuk gave Los Angeles a 3-0 lead at 3:46 of the second period when he batted in the rebound of Adrian Kempe‘s shot.
They said it
“We’re so pumped, but at the same time, we can’t let a team come back like that. We’re so excited we got that win. We don’t want to give them one point, they’re in our division, but we got our first win under our belts, and we’ve got to go into [play the Vancouver Canucks] and win tomorrow.” — Kings defenseman Drew Doughty
“It was almost like men against boys there. We were in their zone for a shot, maybe an attempt. We’d turn it over or just lose possession. They’d come back, get a couple shots, get a couple of O-zone shifts, and they kept doing what we did in the second and the third, setting the next line for success by having short shifts and attacking the net and playing as a team, just rolling each line and setting up the next line.” — Flames forward Matthew Tkachuk on the first period, when they were outshot 20-3
Need to know
Flames forward Johnny Gaudreau had an assist on Tkachuk’s tying goal and has six points (two goals, four assists) during a three-game point streak to start the season. His best start through three games is seven points (one goal, six assists), in 2018-19. … Doughty has scored in each of the Kings’ first two games.
Kings: At the Vancouver Canucks on Wednesday (10 p.m. ET; NBCSN, SNP)
Flames: At the Dallas Stars on Thursday (8:30 p.m. ET; SN360, FS-SW, NHL.TV)