ANAHEIM, Calif. — Cam Talbot and Michael Stone haven’t played much through the first three weeks of the Cheap Calgary Flames Jerseys
‘ season. They made the most of their opportunities Sunday night.
Talbot made 29 saves and Stone scored the Flames’ first goal as they rallied for a 2-1 victory over the Cheap Anaheim Ducks Jerseys
Mikael Backlund broke a tie with 11:03 left, and Calgary snapped a three-game road losing streak, bouncing back from a disappointing 4-1 loss at Los Angeles on Saturday which some called “embarrassing” due to their effort.
“I thought everyone took accountability for last night,” Talbot said. “I liked our work ethic and dedication in our zone to get the pucks out.”
It was Talbot’s second start and first win with the Flames. The seven-year veteran, who was with Edmonton and Philadelphia last season, signed with Calgary as a free agent.
He allowed up an early second-period goal to Jakob Silfverberg but stopped Silfverberg on a breakaway midway through the period before making 11 saves in the third, many on one-timers. Nick Ritchie had a point-blank chance in front of the net but could not convert.
“When they pushed, Talbot was there,” Calgary coach Bill Peters said. “The work he has had with us has been good. We have a lot of confidence in him and as we get busier you will see him more.”
Stone — who was playing in only his third game — tied it at 15:32 of the second with a one-timer from near the blueline for his first point. Anaheim goaltender John Gibson didn’t get a clear look as Calgary’s Sean Monahan and Anaheim’s Michael Del Zotto were battling in front of the net when Stone’s slap shot got through.
“It felt good to contribute, it’s been a while since I’ve done that,” Stone said. “To get in there and get rewarded was nice.”
LOS ANGELES — Todd McLellan was beginning to worry about his Los Angeles Kings doing the right things but not getting the desired results for their hard work. The first-year coach can breathe a little easier now.
The Kings played one of their most complete games of the young season with a 4-1 victory over the Calgary Flames on Saturday night to snap a three-game losing streak.
“You eventually get concerned about the guys giving what they have and not getting rewarded. Will they begin to cheat, take shortcuts or wander from the program? They didn’t do that and that’s a good sign,” McLellan said.
Jeff Carter, who was one of seven Kings to get on the scoresheet, led the way with a goal and assist while Jonathan Quick made 23 saves for his first victory in four starts.
Tyler Toffoli, Anze Kopitar and Ilya Kovalchuk also scored for the Kings, who put the game out of reach with a three-goal second period.
Quick was on track to get a shutout until Mikael Backlund scored on a penalty shot with 2:10 remaining.
“We played great. We did a good job taking away their main threats along with winning faceoffs,” Quick said.
David Rittich, who came in with a 2.55 goals-against-average, allowed four goals on 28 shots in two periods. Cam Talbot came in for the final 20 minutes and made eight saves for the Flames, who have dropped three straight road games.
“I think our first period was ok. It is a tough building and we were down one goal,” Calgary defenceman Travis Hamonic said. “It was probably in the first seven or eight minutes of the second period where the game got away from us. We need a better pushback from the group.”
Toffoli scored 75 seconds into the game to end the goal drought at 136 minutes, 51 seconds. The Kings’ centre got the puck on a pass from Blake Lizotte just outside the Calgary zone, made a nice move past two Flames defenders and put a wrist shot past Rittich for his third goal of the season. It was only second time this season the Kings scored first.
“If we’re going to start a game, that’s the best way to do it,” McLellan said. “You could kind of feel a little bit of relief on the bench and then it was time to go back to work and the guys built off of it. We needed it and finally got rewarded.”
Carter got his first goal of the season 15 seconds into the second when his backhand went off the skate of Calgary defenceman Mark Giordano and found its way into the net.
Kopitar scored the Kings first short-handed goal of the season five minutes later when he beat Rittich on his glove side on a breakaway. Los Angeles came into the game with the league’s second-worst penalty-kill unit but was 5 of 5 against the Flames.
Kovalchuk then added a power-play goal at 8:58 with a slap shot from just beyond the left faceoff circle after a cross-ice pass from Michael Amadio. It was the Kings’ first goal with the man-advantage in six games and snapped skid where they were 0 for 19. It is also the third goal of the season for Kopitar and Kovalchuk.
“For us today the scoring was great, but the checking was better and that allowed us to play with a lead,” McLellan said. “I thought for tonight 52 minutes of our play was good. Then with eight minutes we strayed from it. We still have a lot to learn from it. We still see old habits slip in. There are things that need to be addressed and fixed.”
NOTES: Carter also won 12 of 17 faceoffs. … Kopitar is three points shy of 900 for his career. … Calgary is 0-2 in the first game of back-to-backs after going 9-1 last season. … Flames F Elias Lindholm had a three-game goal streak snapped.
Backlund scored when he got a pass from Matthew Tkachuk on a 2-on-1 rush after a neutral zone turnover and beat Gibson with a snap shot from the right faceoff circle.
“I don’t think Gibson expected an early pass. I was going to catch it and just changed my mind,” said Backlund, who has a goal in two straight games.
Gibson made 27 saves for Anaheim, which lost for the first time in five home games.
Silfverberg opened the scoring 12 seconds into the second when he beat Talbot top shelf from the left faceoff circle after taking the pass from Hampus Lindholm. Silfverberg — who has five goals this season — has scored in three straight games.
“I thought we had numerous chances to not only tie it but go ahead by a couple and we just couldn’t get it in the net,” Anaheim coach Dallas Eakins said.
NOTES: The Ducks were 0 for 3 on the power play and have just one goal in 22 chances this season. … Calgary forward Milan Lucic skated in his 900th game. He is in his first season with the Cheap Calgary Flames Jerseys
after previous stints with Boston, Los Angeles and Edmonton. … Anaheim D Josh Manson has three assists in the last three games. … The 16 goals allowed by the Cheap Anaheim Ducks Jerseys
at home are the least they have allowed through five games. The previous mark was 17 in 2006-07.