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Lewis' goal keys Kings' 3-1 win over Flames

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CALGARY, Alberta -- After his team's morning skate, Los Angeles Kings coach Darryl Sutter said of Trevor Lewis: "He's one of my favorites so I want him to produce."

The Kings' forward picked the right time to answer his boss's wishes.

Lewis scored his first goal of the season late in the first period, 29 seconds after the Calgary Flames had tied the game, to put the Kings ahead for good in their 3-1 victory over the Calgary Flames on Wednesday night at Scotiabank Saddledome.

"To get a chance to play with (Mike) Richards or (Jeff) Carter, you pretty much just have to get them the puck and get open, and good things will happen," Lewis said. "I just have to keep that going. I got a good bounce."

Kings captain Dustin Brown opened the scoring, but Calgary drew even when defenseman T.J. Brodie scored later in the first period, with his first goal of the year.

Before Brodie's score could be announced to the home crowd, Lewis was on the spot for a rebound opportunity and put a sharp-angled shot past Flames goalie Joey MacDonald.

"It happened pretty quick," Lewis said. "The puck was bouncing so I had to wait for it to settle. I just fired it. I didn't see it go in. I thought actually Richards touched it, so I didn't get as good of a celebration as I would have liked, but it still feels great to get the goose egg off."

Carter also scored for the Kings (7-6-2), who beat the Edmonton Oilers and the Flames on consecutive nights.

The Flames were never in this game. They had just one shot on goal when Brown opened the scoring, and had no third-period push until Carter's insurance goal.

"Simply not good enough. We need to be better," Flames coach Bob Hartley said. "We have to cut down the easy goals. Joey MacDonald gave us a great game, but the bottom line is that we have to be a grittier team. We need to be in people's face(s).

"They ran our goalie and there (were) no consequences to this. That's just not acceptable."

The Flames sit at 5-7-3 and have won just two of nine games on home ice this season.

"Not good. You want a home presence," Flames forward Mike Cammalleri said. "We've talked about the importance of us even playing well in front of our home fans who support this team ...

"Not good."

Jonathan Bernier made 26 saves to earn the win, while MacDonald stopped 31 shots.

The Kings now return home for a lengthy spell of home dates. They've played just four games at Staples Center.

"They are no gimmies either," Kings center Anze Kopitar said. "We all know that. We've got to come home prepared and ready to go."

NOTES: Flames defenseman Mark Giordano said his first instinct on the play, which earned him a $10,000 fine, was he should have been called for holding. After watching a replay of the slew-foot he dealt Dallas Stars forward Antoine Roussel, he understood the uproar. "I realize when you look at the replay it wasn't too great, especially being that close to the boards, but there wasn't an injury on the play and I'm glad for that. I'll try not to make that play again," Giordano said. ... Kings defenseman Keaton Ellerby, who is from the Calgary area, had to pay for 17 tickets for family who were on hand to see him play his first NHL game at the Saddledome. "It's going to be a pricey night. I'm paying to play this game," Ellerby said. ... Brodie scored his first goal of the season, which seems to be a trend for the Flames. It marked the fourth consecutive score by a Calgary player, which was their first goal of the season ... Calgary captain Jarome Iginla, who went into the game with just one goal in the first 14 games, had seven shots on goal through the first two periods. The rest of his teammates had combined for eight through 40 minutes. Iginla finished with nine of his team's 27 shots over the course of the game.
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