CALGARY – The Los Angeles Kings knew that winning in Darryl Sutter’s return to Calgary was a big deal for the stoic head coach, even if he wouldn’t admit it.
Dustin Brown and Mike Richards each had a goal and an assist and Jonathan Quick made 29 saves as the Los Angeles Kings spoiled Mike Cammalleri’s anticipated Calgary debut, winning 4-1 over the Flames.
The victory ended Flames eight-game home winning streak and gave Sutter a victory over the organization he called home for eight years.
“Everyone’s aware of the situation, coming back here for him,” Brown said. “Guys understood, whether he downplays it or not, I know he wants to win this game.”
The win also game Darryl Sutter family bragging rights over Flames head coach Brent Sutter, as the two brothers faced each other as NHL coaches for the first time. The fact the battleground was Calgary’s Pengrowth Saddledome added more nuance to a game already brimming with story lines.
“It’s a great building to be in. That’s what it’s about. Hey, what more do you want? A kid from Alberta on Hockey Night in Canada in an Alberta building, pretty awesome right,” said Darryl Sutter with a laugh.
Darryl Sutter took over as Calgary’s coach in the 2002-03 campaign and added GM title the following season. He guided the Flames to within one game of winning the Stanley Cup in 2004 and coached one more season before deciding to concentrate on his duties as GM.
“He was pretty intense all day, more so than usual,” said Kings left-winger Dustin Penner. “The way he spoke and what he said, you could tell this meant a lot to him and we were happy to get it for him.”
Darryl Sutter, who stepped down as Calgary Flames general manager in December 2010, is 7-1-4 since replacing Terry Murray as the Kings’ coach on Dec. 17.
Matt Greene and Anze Kopitar also scored for Los Angeles (22-15-8), which kicked off a three-game road trip that continues Sunday in Edmonton.
Cammalleri had his 10th goal of the season in the first game in his second stint with the Flames (21-20-5).
RED WINGS 3, BLACKHAWKS 2 (OT)
DETROIT (AP)—Todd Bertuzzi scored his second goal of the game at 4:21 in overtime, lifting the Detroit Red Wings to a 3-2 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks on Saturday.
Detroit has won 14 straight at home to match a franchise record set in 1965.
Chicago’s Jonathan Toews forced overtime with 51.7 seconds left in the third period, picking up his 23rd goal of the season.
Tomas Holmstrom also scored, and Pavel Datsyuk had two assists for the Red Wings.
Detroit’s Jimmy Howard, who gave up a goal to rookie Andrew Shaw late in the second period, made 25 saves for his NHL-high 26th victory. Corey Crawford made 40 saves for Chicago.
DEVILS 2, JETS 1
WINNIPEG (AP)—Kurtis Foster and Patrik Elias scored in a 2:58 span midway through the third period to help New Jersey beat Winnipeg.
Foster tied it at 9:45, and Elias gave the Devils the lead at 12:43 with his 16th goal of the season.
Martin Brodeur made 22 saves to help the Devils improve to 25-17-2. They have won four of their last six games. Andrew Ladd scored his 15th goal of the season for Winnipeg. Ondrej Pavelec stopped Elias on a penalty shot with 1:36 left and finished with 24 saves.
The Jets have lost five of six to drop to 20-19-5.
Winnipeg lost scoring leader Blake Wheeler early in the second period after a shot by Petr Sykora hit him in the throat area.
AVALANCHE 2, STARS 1
DALLAS (AP)—Paul Stastny scored the tiebeaking goal on a power play at 10:35 of the third period to lift Colorado past Dallas.
Stastny deflected teammate Erik Johnson’s shot past goalie Kari Lehtonen 13 seconds after Dallas’ Steve Ott went to the penalty box for hooking.
David Jones also scored, and Jean-Sebastien Giguere stopped 21 shots for the Avalanche. Vernon Fiddler scored for Dallas, and Lehtonen made 21 saves.
RANGERS 3, MAPLE LEAFS 0
TORONTO (AP)—New York backup Martin Biron made 20 saves, and the Rangers bounced back from a streak-busting loss to beat Toronto.
After a lacklustre 3-0 home loss to Ottawa on Thursday that broke a five-game winning streak, the NHL-leading Rangers (28-10-4) got goals from grinders Mike Rupp, Brian Boyle and Derek Stepan and earned their 11th victory in 13 games.
Toronto (22-17-5), seventh in the Eastern Conference, was shut out for just the second time this season. The Maple Leafs had won five straight at home. Jonas Gustavsson made his sixth straight start.
HURRICANES 4, BRUINS 2
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP)—Jay Harrison scored the winning goal with 1:30 remaining for Carolina, which rallied to beat Boston.
Justin Faulk, Eric Staal and Patrick Dwyer also scored, and Cam Ward made 33 saves for the Hurricanes, who have won all three meetings between these teams this season. Carolina, which didn’t have a power-play opportunity, is 5-1-1 in its last seven home games.
Staal added an empty-net goal with 1:02 left.
Milan Lucic and Patrice Bergeron had the Bruins’ goals, and David Krejci extended his point streak to 11 games. Tim Thomas made 17 saves.
PREDATORS 4, FLYERS 2
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP)—Pekka Rinne made 36 saves, and Nick Spaling scored the winning goal as Nashville topped Philadelphia.
Martin Erat, Sergei Kostitsyn and Mike Fisher also scored for Nashville, which won its fourth straight.
Rookie Sean Couturier and Wayne Simmonds had goals for Philadelphia, which had a two-game winning streak broken.
Nashville regained its two-goal advantage at 4:30 of the third when Jordin Tootoo’s centring pass deflected off the shaft of Spaling’s stick and past goalie Ilya Bryzgalov.
ISLANDERS 4, SABRES 2
UNIONDALE, N.Y. (AP)—Evgeni Nabokov earned his 300th NHL win after Michael Grabner scored the go-ahead goal with three minutes left, and the New York Islanders beat Buffalo.
Grabner’s 12th goal of the season, scored on a rebound in front in goalie Jhonas Enroth at 16:57, gave the Islanders (16-20-6) their fourth win in five home games. The 36-year-old Nabokov made 23 saves to become the 26th NHL goalie with 300 wins.
Buffalo’s Thomas Vanek hit the post on a penalty shot with 1:24 remaining before Grabner closed out the scoring with an empty-net goal. The Sabres (19-20-5) are 9-15-5 in their last 29 games.
Matt Moulson and Kyle Okposo also scored for the Islanders.
Patrick Kaleta and Derek Roy had Buffalo’s goals.
New York all-star John Tavares extended his career-best point streak to eight games. He has four goals and 10 assists during that stretch.
SHARKS 2, BLUE JACKETS 1
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP)—Patrick Marleau scored off a rebound with 2:57 left to lead San Jose over Columbus and extend the Sharks’ point streak to eight games.
Ryan Clowe also had a goal for the Sharks, 6-0-2 in their last eight. Thomas Greiss had 25 saves to beat the Blue Jackets for the second time in his only two starts since Dec. 3. He also defeated Columbus by the same score in San Jose on Jan. 5.
Rick Nash scored his fourth goal in four games for the Blue Jackets, who split home games on back-to-back nights.
Curtis Sanford had 31 saves for Columbus.
SENATORS 3, CANADIENS 2, SO
MONTREAL (AP)—Daniel Alfredsson scored on Ottawa’s third shootout attempt and the Senators extended their winning streak to four with a win over Montreal.
Craig Anderson, who earned his first shutout of the season Thursday at the New York Rangers, was perfect after making 33 saves in regulation and overtime.
Kyle Turris and Jason Spezza scored in the third to give Ottawa a 2-1 lead.
Max Pacioretty scored with 38.9 seconds to tie it at 2-2, with Carey Price pulled for an extra attacker. Tomas Plekanec scored a short-handed goal on a breakaway early in the third to put Montreal up 1-0.
Price made 23 saves for Montreal, including a sprawling stick save to deny Bobby Butler’s scoring chance moments after Plekanec’s goal.
BLUES 3, WILD 2, SO
ST. LOUIS (AP)—Kevin Shattenkirk scored the only goal in the shootout, and St. Louis’ Jaroslav Halak made three saves in the tiebreaker as the Blues beat Minnesota.
St. Louis improved to an NHL-best 18-3-3 at home. The Blues, who have won five of six, are 10-0-2 in their last 12 home games. They had been 0-5 in shootouts this season and had scored on just 1-of-17 attempts.
David Perron and Alex Pietrangelo scored for St. Louis in a span of 2:35 in the second period to erase the Blues’ 1-0 deficit.
David McIntyre and Jared Spurgeon had goals for the Wild, who fell to 0-7-2 in their last nine road outings.