Suddenly, the smooth-running, efficient penalty-killing machine known as the Kings started sputtering and eventually broke down at Staples Center.
It was supposed to be the Flames that were beset by woeful penalty killing. But the teams traded places as Calgary beat the Kings, 3-2, on Monday, scoring all three goals on the power play.
The final salvo was a painful one for the Kings, coming with 29.7 seconds remaining in regulation. Calgary defenseman TJ Brodie scored his first of the season, converting on a low shot from the top of the slot to beat Kings goalie Jonathan Quick.