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Flames beat Kings in a shootout

Sean Monahan
Sean Monahan
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According to the Canadian Press on Wednesday, Sean Monahan scored the shootout winner as the Calgary Flames beat the Los Angeles Kings 4-3 at the Scotiabank Saddledome in Calgary. Monahan scored in the fourth round in the shootout after Flames' right winger Jiri Hudler and Kings' right winger Marian Gaborik each scored within the first three rounds of the shootout.

Calgary native T.J. Galiardi led the Flames in scoring with a goal and an assist. Galiardi's goal opened the scoring at 11:58 of the first period and then set up Sean Monahan at the four minute mark of the second period.

The Flames were actually up 3-0 in the contest (Matt Stajan scored with 4:32 left in the second period), but let the Kings back in the game on three unanswered goals to force the extra period. Dwight King tied the game from Jake Muzzin with 7:42 left in the third period.

One area of concern for the Flames was that Mike Cammalleri struggled mightily from the faceoff circle. Cammalleri, who is set to be an unrestricted free agent after making $7 million this season, leads the Flames with 26 goals but is also a -13.

With the victory, Calgary improves to 35-38-7, while Los Angeles falls to 45-28-7. The Kings, who are playoff bound, will play the San Jose Sharks in the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs, (the Pacific Division semi-final).

The Flames meanwhile will close out their 2013-14 regular season schedule Friday night against the Winnipeg Jets at the Scotiabank Saddledome in their final home game and then play the Vancouver Canucks at Rogers Arena in southwestern British Columbia on Sunday in their final regular season game. Overall, the Flames season should be considered respectable. The franchise was never considered a playoff contender, but are currently 12 points up on their provincial foes, the Edmonton Oilers.