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
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
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
“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
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
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
“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
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
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.