Jon Gillies made 27 saves in his first career start, and Dennis Wideman, Freddie Hamilton and Alex Chiasson scored second-period goals as the Calgary Flames defeated the Los Angeles Kings 4-1 on Thursday night.
Gillies had been called up on an emergency basis from the club’s AHL affiliate in Stockton, California, after backup Chad Johnson suffered a lower-body injury against Anaheim on Tuesday. The 23-year-old Gillies responded by helping Calgary inch closer to clinching the first wild card in the Western Conference.
The Flames will assure themselves a first-round match-up against the top team in the Pacific Division with a win against San Jose or a Nashville loss at Winnipeg on Saturday.
Sam Bennett added a power-play goal and the Flames claimed the season series against the Kings.
Trevor Lewis scored and Ben Bishop made 20 saves for Los Angeles.
(The Associated Press)