NHL

Flames flatten Kings 4-1 as Gillies wins in first start

  • Calgary Flames goalie Jon Gillies (32) stretches to protect the goal, with defenseman Matt Bartkowski (44) and Los Angeles Kings right winger Jarome Iginia (88) in the mix during the second period of an NHL hockey game in Los Angeles on Thursday, April 6, 2017. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)

    Calgary Flames goalie Jon Gillies (32) stretches to protect the goal, with defenseman Matt Bartkowski (44) and Los Angeles Kings right winger Jarome Iginia (88) in the mix during the second period of an NHL hockey game in Los Angeles on Thursday, April 6, 2017. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)  (The Associated Press)

  • Calgary Flames defenseman Dougie Hamilton (27) and Los Angeles Kings right winger Dustin Brown (23) tangle during the second period of an NHL hockey game in Los Angeles on Thursday, April 6, 2017. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)

    Calgary Flames defenseman Dougie Hamilton (27) and Los Angeles Kings right winger Dustin Brown (23) tangle during the second period of an NHL hockey game in Los Angeles on Thursday, April 6, 2017. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)  (The Associated Press)

  • Calgary Flames goalie Jon Gillies (32) and right winger Alex Chiasson (39) react as Los Angeles Kings center Jeff Carter (77) celebrates a goal during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Los Angeles on Thursday, April 6, 2017. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)

    Calgary Flames goalie Jon Gillies (32) and right winger Alex Chiasson (39) react as Los Angeles Kings center Jeff Carter (77) celebrates a goal during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Los Angeles on Thursday, April 6, 2017. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)  (The Associated Press)

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 matchup 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.