LOS ANGELES – Johnny Goodreau had two goals and an assist and the Calgary Flame extended their lead in the Pacific Division with a 3-2 win over the Los Angeles Kings on Monday night.
Elias Lindhome also scored for the Flems, who have 91 points and five points ahead of the Kings above the division. Jacob Markstrom stopped 27 shots as Calgary snatched the three-game losing streak.
Adrian Kemp had two goals for Los Angeles and two assists for Ange Copiter, who scored at least one point in five of the last six games. The Kings have 86 points and are just one point ahead of second-placed Edmonton Oilers.
Cal Petersen finished with 30 saves for Los Angeles.
Gaudreau scored 10 seconds into the game for Calgary’s fastest opening goal since 1987. The All-Star left wing then gave the Flems a 3-2 lead at 14:08 in the second period when they beat Petersen in the backhand while Ryan Carpenter forced the turnover deep into the offensive zone.
Lindhome tied it 65 seconds ago when he buried it from the slot when Goodreau fed him from behind the net.
Godreu – which has five multigole games this season – Has one goal in three consecutive matches. He has 30 points (14 goals, 16 assists) since March 1, tied with Edmonton’s Connor McDavid.
Kempe played his seventh multigole game in the season. The Swedish center has scored 31 times for the first 30-goal campaign of his career and is the first Los Angeles player to reach this mark since Kopitar in 2017-18.
Kempe did 1-all in 13:56 in the first period in a one-timer from the right faceoff circle after getting a pass from the captain. With 54 seconds left in the camp, Kings took the lead with a snap shot from the far side of the net.
Matthew Takachuk of Calgary had a chance to send it overtime in Los Angeles after receiving a double-minor, high-sticking call with 2:03 left. Kings dragged the goalkeeper and took advantage of the two-skater, but could not get into the net.
The captain’s 61 points (18 goals, 43 assists) in his 13th 60-point season gave Marcel Dion the most passes in franchise history.
Gaudreau’s goal was the second-fastest since the opening encounter this season. Anthony Beauvolier of the New York Islands scored nine seconds into the game on March 24 against Detroit.
After Flames won the opening match, Gaudreu was able to grab a deep puck deep into the offensive area and was banked with a wrist shot from a corner. This is the fifth time in franchise history that they have scored in the first 10 seconds.
Flame: Wednesday night in Anaheim.
Kings: Host Edmonton on Thursday night.