High-flying Flames kick off road trip vs. struggling Kings

High-flying Flames kick off road trip vs. struggling Kings

The Calgary Flames continue to play an electric brand of hockey whether at home or on the road.They’ll try to stay consistent with their success when they take on the Los Angeles Kings in the opener of a four-game West Coast trip on Thursday night.The Flames are coming off a 2-1 shootout win against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Monday. They’ve won five of six overall and three straight on the road by a combined score of 14-2.”Everything’s a lot more fun when you’re winning.” said Calgary forward Milan Lucic, who scored the lone goal in regulation on Monday.The Kings have been anything but consistent this season.They had a seven-game winning streak sandwiched around losing streaks of six and five games, respectively.Los Angeles came back from a three-goal, third-period deficit on Tuesday against the visiting Anaheim Ducks, only to lose 5-4 in a shootout.”Momentum is a strange thing,” Kings coach Todd McLellan said. “You can gain and lose it quickly.”The Kings welcomed defenseman Drew Doughty back against the Ducks after he missed the previous 16 games with a knee injury. Doughty, the 2016 Norris Trophy winner, picked up where he left off and played 27:55 while contributing an assist.”Pretty solid, calms things down, good vision, willing to shoot the puck,” McLellan said of Doughty. “We were comfortable with him. We knew we would be, and now it’s sustaining that once the wear and the tear gets back on the body.”Another positive to take forward for the Kings was the tying goal scored by Dustin Brown with 4:26 left in the third period, which allowed Los Angeles to get to overtime and earn at least a point.

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