Kings defeat Flames, regain winning touch on home ice

Kings defeat Flames, regain winning touch on home ice

Pierre-Luc Dubois snapped a 13-game goal-scoring drought and Quinton Byfield scored twice to lead the host Los Angeles Kings to a 5-3 victory over the Calgary Flames on Saturday.Alex Laferriere and T

Pierre-Luc Dubois snapped a 13-game goal-scoring drought and Quinton Byfield scored twice to lead the host Los Angeles Kings to a 5-3 victory over the Calgary Flames on Saturday.Alex Laferriere and Trevor Moore also scored for the Kings, who snapped a two-game losing skid on their home ice. Goaltender Cam Talbot made 29 saves while Drew Doughty and Anze Kopitar both collected two assists.Blake Coleman scored twice and Rasmus Andersson added a single for the Flames, who saw their season-best three-game winning streak snapped. Goalie Jacob Markstrom stopped 29 shots.Byfield, taken second overall in the 2020 draft, continued his breakout season when he opened the scoring 61 seconds into the clash. Off a face-off play, Byfield fired a long shot, the first of the game, that just squeezed through Markstrom and over the line.Andersson replied at the 2:47 mark with his fifth of the season, a point shot that ricocheted off the leg of Kings defender Matt Roy and found the short side of the net with Calgary’s first offering on goal.Dubois restored the Los Angeles lead with his sixth goal, a deflection tally at 15:20 of the first period. It came right after a Flames penalty expired.Coleman pulled Calgary even again 4:01 into the second period by converting on a two-on-one pass from Yegor Sharangovich for his fourth short-handed marker of the season. Calgary leads the league with nine short-handed goals.

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