Toffoli, Lindholm lead Flames to 6-5 win over Kings

Nov 14, 2022, 7:55 AM | Updated: 10:54 pm
Los Angeles Kings goalie Jonathan Quick (32) looks on as forward Anze Kopitar, left, tries to clear...

Los Angeles Kings goalie Jonathan Quick (32) looks on as forward Anze Kopitar, left, tries to clear the puck while Calgary Flames forward Elias Lindholm digs for it during third-period NHL hockey game action in Calgary, Alberta, Monday, Nov. 14, 2022. (Jeff McIntosh/The Canadian Press via AP)

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              Los Angeles Kings forward Jaret Anderson-Dolan, left, and Calgary Flames defenceman Nick DeSimone battle for the puck during the second period of an NHL hockey game in Calgary, Alberta, Monday, Nov. 14, 2022. (Jeff McIntosh/The Canadian Press via AP)
            
              Los Angeles Kings forward Jaret Anderson-Dolan, right, is checked by Calgary Flames forward Nazem Kadri during the third of an NHL hockey game in Calgary, Alberta, Monday, Nov. 14, 2022. (Jeff McIntosh/The Canadian Press via AP)
            
              Los Angeles Kings goalie Jonathan Quick, right, holds onto the puck as defenseman Sean Durzi, left, checks Calgary Flames forward Elias Lindholm during the second period of an NHL hockey game in Calgary, Alberta, Monday, Nov. 14, 2022. (Jeff McIntosh/The Canadian Press via AP)
            
              Los Angeles Kings goalie Jonathan Quick, right, is scored on by Calgary Flames forward Elias Lindholm during the second period of an NHL hockey game in Calgary, Alberta, Monday, Nov. 14, 2022. (Jeff McIntosh/The Canadian Press via AP)
            
              Los Angeles Kings forward Viktor Arvidsson, center, is checked into Calgary Flames goalie Jacob Markstrom, left, by defenceman Rasmus Andersson during the second period of an NHL hockey game in Calgary, Alberta, Monday, Nov. 14, 2022. (Jeff McIntosh/The Canadian Press via AP)
            
              Calgary Flames forward Elias Lindholm, right, celebrates his goal with teammate forward Tyler Toffoli during  the second period of an NHL hockey game in Calgary, Alberta, Monday, Nov. 14, 2022. (Jeff McIntosh/The Canadian Press via AP)
            
              Los Angeles Kings defenseman Sean Durzi, right, checks Calgary Flames forward Jonathan Huberdeau during third-period NHL hockey game action in Calgary, Alberta, Monday, Nov. 14, 2022. (Jeff McIntosh/The Canadian Press via AP)
            
              Los Angeles Kings goalie Jonathan Quick (32) looks on as forward Anze Kopitar, left, tries to clear the puck while Calgary Flames forward Elias Lindholm digs for it during third-period NHL hockey game action in Calgary, Alberta, Monday, Nov. 14, 2022. (Jeff McIntosh/The Canadian Press via AP)

CALGARY, Alberta (AP) — After losing 100-point scorers Johnny Gaudreau and Matthew Tkachuk in the offseason, it has taken a while for Elias Lindholm to find chemistry with new linemates. It’s finally starting to come together.

Lindholm and Tyler Toffoli each had a goal and two assists, Adam Ruzicka added a goal and an assist, and the Calgary Flames held on to beat the Los Angeles Kings 6-5 on Monday night.

“He’s one of the best players in the league and just fortunate to be playing with him,” Toffoli said of Lindholm. “The past week or two I think he’s really took his game to the next level and it’s been fun to play with him.”

Ruzicka, who joined the line after Jonathan Huberdeau went down with an injury, has also fit in nicely with Lindholm and Toffoli. The 23-year-old has five points in his last four games.

“We’re having fun, making plays and scoring some goals,” Lindholm said. “Obviously, Adam’s come in and he’s a good player. He’s still a young kid, but he’s been playing well.”

Huberdeau, Andrew Mangiapane and Brett Ritchie also scored to help Calgary win its second straight after a seven-game skid (0-5-2). Nazem Kadri had two assists and Jacob Markstrom finished with 24 saves.

Arthur Kaliyev scored twice, Kevin Fiala had a goal and an assist, and Adrian Kempe and Anze Kopitar also scored for the Kings, who had won four straight. Drew Doughty had two assists and Jonathan Quick finished with 23 saves.

Markstrom preserved the win with a sprawling save on a shot by Kopitar from 10 feet out with 22 seconds remaining.

“We played one of our worst games defensively,” Kings center Phillip Danault said. “We gave up too many rushes. We did that to ourselves. We lost the game in the first period. We weren’t sharp enough mentally.”

Trailing 2-1 midway through the first period, the Flames scored four consecutive goals to pull ahead.

Calgary tied it with 9:05 left after Kadri’s shot deflected to the left circle and Mangiapane pounced on the puck, spun and fired a shot past Quick for his third.

Just 42 seconds later, Ritchie forced a turnover in the Kings’ end and completed a give-and-go with Blake Coleman and put the return pass past Quick on the right side.

Toffoli’s one-timer made it 4-2 with 3:35 left in the opening period and Lindholm’s power-play goal at 1:51 of the second gave the Flames a three-goal lead.

Fiala got Los Angeles to 5-3 with 5:34 left. However, Toffoli and Lindholm set up Ruzicka 2:10 later to restore Calgary’s three-goal lead.

Kopitar scored at 8:57 of the third, and Kempe pulled the Kings within one with 1:19 left and Quick pulled for an extra skater.

“We played some pretty shoddy hockey today,” Los Angeles coach Todd McLellan said. “We had guys missing line changes, passes through the neutral zone, we had an icing call with two seconds left, missed face-off coverages.”

With just one goal in his first 11 games, Huberdeau opened the scoring at 3:49.

“It was good. I mean, obviously, to get a goal. It had been a while,” said Huberdeau, who played alongside Mikael Backlund and Trevor Lewis. “We kept things simple. We had some scoring chances. In the first period, we were always in their zone. We worked to cycle the pucks. I loved playing with these guys.”

Kaliyev scored twice in a 1:18 span to give the Kings a 2-1 lead a little more than six minutes in.

NIGHT OF MILESTONES

Huberdeau’s goal was the 200th of his career. He’s the eighth player from the NHL’s 2011 draft class to reach that mark. … Kadri’s two assists gave him 300 for his career, the seventh member of the 2009 draft class to hit that total. … Flames defenseman Nikita Zadorov played in his 500th career game.

ANDERSSON PILING UP ASSISTS

Andersson hadn’t topped 17 assists in a season before a career year last season saw him finish with 46. This season, the 26-year-old Swede has 12 in 15 games.

UP NEXT

Kings: At Edmonton on Wednesday night.

Flames: At Tampa Bay on Thursday night to open a six-game Eastern road trip.

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