Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Tanner Pearson Has Overtime Winner as LA Kings Top Calgary Flames 2-1

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Tanner Pearson Has Overtime Winner as LA Kings Top Calgary Flames 2-1

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Pearson has OT winner as Kings top Flames


CALGARY - After facing 31 shots through three periods, Darcy Kuemper was happy to get a break in overtime on Wednesday.

Kuemper didn't face a single shot in overtime while his teammates fired four pucks the other way, including one by Tanner Pearson with 26.1 seconds remaining that beat goalie Mike Smith to give the Los Angeles Kings a 2-1 win over the Calgary Flames.

"It was kind of a nice overtime for me," said Kuemper, who made 30 saves in regulation time to improve his record to 6-1-3. "I don't think I had a shot there, so I just kind of watched a little bit. Whenever you get a chance to win it, it's great to capitalize on that."

Pearson took a pass from Drew Doughty and wired a shot past Smith to help the Kings beat the Flames for the first time this season after losing the previous two meetings between the teams.

"I think in overtime you just want as much possession as possible," Pearson said. "Drew and I were kind of giving give-and-goes all over the ice and then he faked the shot there and froze everyone, so I just wanted to get it off as quick as possible and it went in."

Jake Muzzin also scored for the Kings (26-18-5), who bounced back from a 6-2 loss to the Canucks in Vancouver one night earlier. In that game, starting goalie Jonathan Quick was pulled early in the second period after allowing five goals.

"We were desperate," said Kuemper, who started in place of the injured Quick. "You could tell by the way guys committed in our own zone. Tons of guys had a lot of blocks. We were paying the price it takes to win and we were rewarded for it."

Sean Monahan scored for the Flames (26-16-7), who have recorded points in 10 straight games going 7-0-3 in that span. Calgary has lost three straight 2-1 decisions in extra time on home ice.

"We're just not getting rewarded right now," said Smith, who finished with 25 saves. …

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