Anze Kopitar had a goal and an assist to lead the Kings to their eighth consecutive win with a 3-2 victory over the Calgary Flames on Monday. Justin Williams and Trevor Lewis also scored for the Kings. Mike Cammalleri and Brian McGrattan scored for the Flames, who lost for just the second time in their past nine games at the Saddledome. Playing in his fourth straight game, rookie Calgary goalie Joni Ortio made 20 saves. Martin Jones stopped 24 of 26 shots he faced to improve his record in his rookie season with the Kings to 10-4. Undrafted by an NHL team, Jones was invited to L.A.’s training camp in 2008 and signed a three-year, entry-level contract with the Kings. With Jonathan Quick out of L.A.’s lineup due to a groin injury earlier this season, Jones was called up by the Kings and won his first eight NHL starts, three of them shutouts. He lost his next four decisions before making 25 saves in L.A.’s 6-4 road win over the Colorado Avalanche on Feb. 26. Quick played the next five games in net for the Kings, all wins, before L.A. coach Darryl Sutter decided to give Jones the start against the Flames. The Kings scored on their first shot on goal at 4:05 of the first when Williams redirected a pass from Kopitar past Ortio. Williams drove hard to the net and attempted to get his stick on the pass from Kopitar, but the puck instead bounced off his shin and into the net behind Ortio. The Kings then went up by a pair at the 10-minute mark of the first when Lewis tipped Slava Voynov’s point shot into the top corner behind Ortio, who lost his stick on the play when his own defenseman Kris Russell accidentally knocked it out of his hands. The Flames had a chance to pull within one in the closing moments of the first, but Jones made a shoulder save to stop a shot fired his way by T.J. Galiardi before sticking out his left pad to stop a backhand attempt by Brian McGrattan.
Kings hold on in Calgary for 3-2 victory
L.A. Daily News | Mar 11