|Date of game: 12/22/2014
Recap: Los Angeles vs. Calgary
Los Angeles, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - Mark Giordano scored the game-winning goal with 53 seconds left in overtime, Johnny Gaudreau tallied his first career hat trick and the Calgary Flames erased a three-goal deficit for a 4-3 win over the Los Angeles Kings on Monday.
Jonas Hiller made 31 saves while Jiri Hudler and Dennis Wideman each supplied two assists for the Flames, who halted an eight-game skid for their first win since Dec. 4.
"You know, we fell behind but the guys were great on the bench, they were great in the room and we felt like we had a chance," Flames head coach Bob Hartley said. "Johnny is so smart and so competitive. We're all talking about his speed and his skill, but look how competitive he is."
Marian Gaborik, Jamie McBain, and Trevor Lewis each scored for the Kings, who had their two-game win streak come to an end.
"The score was not a good indication of the game," Kings head coach Darryl Sutter said. "Halfway through the game they had a lot more desperation than our team."
Jonathan Quick stopped 24-of-28 shots in defeat.
Down 3-1, Calgary pulled its netminder with over two minutes to play. Gaudreau tracked down the puck behind the net and beat Quick on the wraparound for a one-goal game with 2:12 remaining.
Hiller was yanked in favor of an extra attacker once again and it was Gaudreau who sent the game into overtime with his third goal of the night. The energetic rookie forward backhanded the puck off Kings defenseman Drew Doughty's skate and into the net with 59 seconds to play.
With over a minute gone in the extra session, Hudler and Gaudreau raced in on a 2-on-0, but Quick made a pad stop on Gaudreau's offering.
As time began to tick down towards a shootout, Giordano cut in from the left boards, made a power move on net and slipped the puck past Quick to complete Calgary's furious comeback.
The Kings wasted no time getting on the board as Lewis' shot from the right boards fooled Hiller 2:26 into the game.
Anze Kopitar emerged from below the goal line and slipped a cross-crease pass to Gaborik, who whacked the puck into the net for a power-play goal with 2:10 remaining in the first.
On the man advantage, McBain charged in from the point and one-timed Dustin Brown's feed at the right circle for a 3-0 Kings lead at 4:32 of the middle stanza.
The Flames had a late advantage and though Jarret Stoll blocked Wideman's point blast, but the puck dribbled to Gaudreau, whose slapper from the right circle got the Flames on the board with 1:58 remaining in the second.Game Notes
Gaudreau posted his first NHL hat trick through 36 career games, but had just
one through 119 games spanning three seasons at Boston College ... Gaborik has
scored a goal in five straight games, tying for the second-longest streak in
the league this season after Dallas' Jamie Benn did so from Oct. 14-24 ...
Calgary has won three straight at Staples Center ... The two teams will resume
their season series on Dec, 29 at the Saddledome.