LOS ANGELES — The Kings were dealt their first blow of the season Wednesday night and who could blame them for not seeing it coming.
The Kings erased a two-goal deficit to Pacific Division foe Calgary, seized the momentum and a 3-2 lead only to lose the lead in the third period and the game in overtime, 4-3.
Dustin Brown scored twice in the first two minutes of the third period to first tie the score and then give his team a lead, but Matthew Tkachuk proved a thorn in the Kings’ side with the game-tying goal on what was seemingly the Flames’ first rush of the third period.
Sean Monahan scored the clincher just 1:02 into overtime to hand the Kings their first loss of the season in a game against a team expected to be one of the Western Conference’s best this season.
The Kings paid dearly for their first penalty of the game, falling behind less than four minutes into the first period.
An interference call on Adrian Kempe led to a wraparound goal on the power play by Matthew Tkachuk, the second-year player whose vicious elbow to Drew Doughty’s face last season sparked some bad blood between the teams.
Kempe struggled with penalties in the preseason and it didn’t take the 21-year-old center long to find the penalty box in the regular season despite limited ice time thus far.
Calgary surged to a 2-0 lead thanks to some beautiful stick handling by Johnny Gaudreau, who drew the attention of both Drew Doughty and Jake Muzzin to set up an assist to Michael Frolik for a slam dunk 7:47 into the game.
Despite the Flames’ two goals in the first period, the Kings managed 15 shots to Calgary’s 13 but couldn’t capitalize on some quality scoring chances in the middle of the ice.
Anze Kopitar’s third goal in the last two games pulled the Kings within 2-1 late in the second period and incited some needed momentum. Jake Muzzin collected a loose puck and quickly shoveled it to the Kings captain at the top of the left circle from where Kopitar’s low-flying wrist…