Kings 2, Flames 1

When the Calgary Flames visited the Kings last month, Jarome

Iginla bulled his way to a goal in every period. When the Flames

returned to Los Angeles 16 days later, the Calgary captain was held

scoreless.

It’s not a bad measure of just how quickly the Kings are

learning during their most promising season in several years.

Scott Parse and Jarret Stoll scored early goals, and the Kings

beat the road-weary Flames 2-1 Monday night for their fifth victory

in seven games.

Jonathan Quick made 26 saves, backing the Kings’ solid defense

with a series of outstanding stops during the scoreless final 35

minutes. Los Angeles again struggled offensively, yet still handed

the NHL’s best road team just its third regulation defeat away from

Calgary with calm, patient work.

“We just kept doing the right thing,” Los Angeles coach Terry

Murray said. “Our focus was good. Our concentration was good on

doing the right thing. … Against a team like this, you’ve got to

make a decision that you’re going to go hard and you’re going to go

heavy.”

The Kings snapped a five-game losing streak to the Flames with

just their second win in 13 meetings. Los Angeles has earned a

point in five straight games despite horrendous slumps for

high-scoring forwards Anze Kopitar and Dustin Brown – and Quick’s

teammates pointed most of the credit in the direction of their

brawny goalie.

“The team in front of me played great, so that made it a lot

easier,” Quick said. “When the game was on the line in the last

two minutes, I don’t think they even got to set the puck up in our

zone.”

Curtis Glencross scored and Miikka Kiprusoff stopped 15 shots

for the Flames, who finished a successful six-game road trip with

just Kiprusoff’s second loss in his last 12 games against the

Kings.

Calgary lost its Northwest Division lead to Colorado, which beat

St. Louis earlier. But the Flames have three games in hand on the

Avalanche, and their solid play on a brutal trip is highly

encouraging.

“When you only give a team 16 shots, you’ve played a pretty

good road game,” Flames coach Brent Sutter said. “But we needed

our power play to win the game for us, and our penalty killing got

scored on for the winning goal. It’s a tough loss. If we did a

couple of things better, we could have won the game. We seemed to

be hesitant of getting shots to the net and getting traffic in

front.”

Calgary beat NHL-leading San Jose 2-1 at the Shark Tank on

Saturday night in the highlight of a difficult stretch featuring

nine road games in their last 10 outings. The Flames still were

competitive in Los Angeles despite playing without key defensemen

Cory Sarich and Robyn Regehr, out with undisclosed injuries.

But after Glencross’ first-period goal, the Flames came up

empty. Quick was helped by his post more than once, and he swatted

a rebound out of midair and off the post for his most dramatic save

in the third period.

“They’ve been playing well, and we know their record has been

good over their last five or six games,” said Iginla, who had four

shots. “We’re definitely disappointed that we couldn’t win tonight

and end it on the right note, but it was a good trip. We had some

tough buildings and every team’s competitive. The last game before

you go home, sometimes you’re not focused and not there, but I

thought it was there tonight.”

The Kings are finding other ways to score with top-line forward

Ryan Smyth sidelined by a long-term upper-body injury. Although

Kopitar – the NHL scoring leader last month – hasn’t scored a goal

in 13 games and Brown hasn’t found the net in 14, Los Angeles has

stayed among the Western Conference’s top teams.

Los Angeles opened the scoring midway through the first period

when Parse turned the corner on defenseman Adam Pardy, kept the

puck away from Kiprusoff and scored while falling to the ice.

Glencross evened it late in the period with a backhand from the

slot, splitting two defenders for his seventh goal on a slick pass

from Craig Conroy.

Stoll put the Kings back ahead early in the second with a

redirection of Justin Williams’ pass in front of Kiprusoff during a

power play.

NOTES: Kings RW Wayne Simmonds’ career-best six-game points

streak ended. … Regehr participated in the pregame skate before

being scratched with an undisclosed injury. Regehr played 19

minutes against the Sharks. … Los Angeles D Rob Scuderi returned

from a nine-game injury absence, playing nearly 18 1/2 minutes.