Flames 2, Kings 1
Fan favorite Craig Conroy earned a standing ovation for his
first goal of the season for the Calgary Flames.
Conroy broke a second-period tie with his timely goal, and
Miikka Kiprusoff made 23 saves for his 20th victory of the season
in the Flames’ 2-1 victory over the Los Angeles Kings on Wednesday
“That’s what makes it so special for me playing in Calgary,”
Conroy said. “If I’m walking into Wal-Mart or wherever I am,
they’re like: ‘You’re going to get one, don’t worry Connie.’ It’s a
special place for me.”
Rene Bourque opened the scoring for Calgary at 6:21 of the first
period, and Scott Parse tied it 15 seconds into the second. Bourque
then helped set up Conroy’s go-ahead goal at 2:48 of the second
The 38-year-old Conroy scored into an empty net after Eric
Nystrom raced in and checked Kings goalie Erik Ersberg into the end
boards, knocking him off the puck, and Rene Bourque quickly passed
it out to Conroy.
“I just happened to be in the right spot – finally. I haven’t
felt like I’ve been in the right spot all year,” Conroy said.
“When it finally went in, seeing that red light was all I was
Kiprusoff stopped Dustin Brown on a penalty shot in the
The Flames (22-12-5) won consecutive games for the first time in
a month and snapped a three-game winless skid on home ice. The
Kings (22-15-3) have lost four games in a row for the first time
The game got off to a rousing start with Flames defenseman Dion
Phaneuf ejected 5e minutes into the first period after ramming
Kings scoring leader Anze Kopitar into the boards in the Calgary
end. Phaneuf was assessed a boarding major and game misconduct on
the play, which resulted in the 22-year-old Slovenian having his
helmet fly off as his head hit the dasher where the boards meets
Kopitar remained down for a couple minutes before leaving the
ice under his own power. While the penalties from the ensuring
melee were being sorted out, coaches Brent Sutter of the Flames and
Terry Murray of the Kings got into it with a verbal exchange.
“That’s one of the dirtiest hits in the game,” Murray said.
“That’s been addressed at the league level and that’s why the
referee called a game misconduct.”
Sutter saw it differently.
“It’s a non-call. The icing was waved off, it’s a foot race for
the puck,” Sutter said.
Kopitar didn’t miss any shifts, and the Saddledome crowd soundly
booed him each time he touched the puck the rest of the game.
Kings defenseman Sean O’Donnell was one of the first players to
jump into the scrum after the hit.
“It’s just a dirty play,” O’Donnell said. “We talk about the
players not having respect and why are there so many concussions.
He didn’t have to do that. He plays hard. He’s not the brightest
guy. He runs around a little bit.
NOTES: Kiprusoff is 20-10-5. … Ersberg finished with 19 saves.
… The Flames were 0 of 5 on the power play. They are 5 for 51 in
the past 12 games.