Flames beat Kings with over­time goal

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Sean Mon­a­han scored 1:02 into over­time as vis­it­ing Cal­gary ral­lied for a 4-3 vic­tory over the Los An­ge­les Kings on Wed­nes­day night in Flames wing Jaromir Jagr’s sea­son de­but.

Matthew Tkachuk scored two goals, ty­ing the game with 9:01 left in the third pe­riod for Cal­gary. Mike Smith’s score­less streak ended just shy of 140 min­utes, but the Flames’ goalie made 42 saves.

Dustin Brown scored ty­ing and go-ahead goals on art­ful de­flec­tions early in the third pe­riod for the Kings, who lost for the first time un­der new coach John Stevens. Cap­tain Anze Ko­pi­tar also scored, and Jonathan Quick made 33 saves.

Michael Fro­lik also scored for Cal­gary, and Mon­a­han ended it with his sec­ond goal of the sea­son.

Jagr, 45, had 13:38 of ice time in 15 shifts and didn’t record a shot on goal. But the sec­ondlead­ing scorer in league his­tory — who be­gan his 24th NHL sea­son by suit­ing up for his ninth NHL fran­chise — nearly scored on his open­ing shift in a solid de­but with the Flames.

Jagr posted a 46-point cam­paign with Flor­ida last sea­son, and he had sev­eral teams in­ter­ested in him. He signed a one-year, $1 mil­lion deal with Cal­gary and de­buted one week later.

Af­ter Tkachuk and Fro­lik scored in the first pe­riod, Ko­pi­tar got the Kings go­ing in the sec­ond with his third goal in three games.

Rookie for­ward Alex Iafallo got his first NHL point on Brown’s ty­ing goal 14 sec­onds into the third pe­riod. Brown de­flected Drew Doughty’s shot for that first goal, and he redi­rected Derek For­bort’s shot for the go-ahead goal 1:44 later.

Brown is off to an out­stand­ing start af­ter a rough few sea­sons with the Kings, who stripped the two-time Stan­ley Cup cham­pion’s cap­taincy last year. The phys­i­cal for­ward needed 17, 34, 19 and 15 games, re­spec­tively, to score his first three goals in Los An­ge­les’ pre­vi­ous four sea­sons.

But Tkachuk tied it later in the pe­riod, whistling a shot past Quick’s pad for the sec­ond two-goal game of his ca­reer.

Ducks 3, Is­landers 2:

John Gib­son made 38 saves for host Ana­heim, which had lost four in a row against New York. An­drew Cogliano, Rickard Rakell and Pa­trick Eaves scored for the Ducks, who won de­spite be­ing out­shot 41-30.

Devils 6, Maple Leafs 3:

Brian Gib­bons had a rare 3-on-5 goal, Cory Sch­nei­der made 47 saves, and Miles Wood and Pavel Zacha each scored twice as vis­it­ing New Jer­sey im­proved to 3-0 by end­ing Toronto’s sea­sonopen­ing three-game win­ning streak. Gib­bons’ goal late in the sec­ond pe­riod came af­ter Jake Gar­diner was un­able to keep the puck in at the New Jer­sey blue line. Wil­liam Ny­lan­der’s backcheck swept the puck off Adam Hen­rique’s stick, and the puck went off goalie Fred­erik An­der­sen to Gib­bons in front.

Pen­guins 3, Cap­i­tals 2:

Pa­tric Horn­qvist scored a power-play goal and as­sisted on an­other in his sea­son de­but as vis­it­ing Pitts­burgh beat Wash­ing­ton de­spite Alex Ovechkin’s NHL-lead­ing eighth goal. Horn­qvist, who scored the Stan­ley Cup-clinch­ing goal last spring de­spite a bro­ken fin­ger on his right hand, was play­ing for the first time since off­sea­son surgery to re­pair it. “He brings so much to this team,” head coach Mike Sullivan said. “He plays with so much swag­ger. He’s just a great com­peti­tor.”

Avalanche 6, Bru­ins 3:

Sven An­drighetto scored twice and Alexan­der Ker­foot had his first NHL goal to help Colorado win its home opener. It was the sec­ond meet­ing between the teams in three days. The Avalanche beat the Bru­ins 4-0 in Bos­ton on Mon­day.

In­jury re­port:

Red Wings de­fense­man Nik­las Kron­wall, side­lined since train­ing camp be­cause of back spasms and a groin in­jury, could make his sea­son de­but Thurs­day, the Detroit Free Press re­ported . ... The Sen­a­tors’ Erik Karls­son, who had foot surgery in June, could make his sea­son de­but next week, gen­eral man­ager Pierre Do­rion told NHL.com. Karls­son has twice won the Nor­ris Tro­phy as the league’s top de­fense­man.

Harry How / Getty Im­ages

Sean Mon­a­han cel­e­brates with T.J. Brodie (7) af­ter scor­ing in over­time as Cal­gary beat Los An­ge­les to im­prove to 3-1 — its best start since it was 4-0 to open the 2009-10 sea­son.

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