Kings 2, Flames 1

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

Angeles Kings beat the road-weary Calgary Flames 2-1 Monday night

for their fifth victory in seven games.

Jonathan Quick made 26 saves, carrying the Kings 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.

Curtis Glencross scored and Miikka Kiprusoff stopped 15 shots

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

their second visit in 16 days to the Staples Center. Calgary lost

its Northwest Division lead to Colorado, which beat St. Louis

earlier, but the Flames have three games in hand on the

Avalanche.

The Kings snapped a three-game home losing streak to the Flames

with just their second win in 13 meetings. Kiprusoff has lost to

Los Angeles just once in his previous 11 outings against the

Kings.

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.

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

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

former NHL scoring leader Anze Kopitar hasn’t scored a goal in 13

games and captain Dustin Brown hasn’t found the net in 14 games,

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.

Neither team scored again, but the Flames repeatedly put

pressure on Quick. The goalie swatted a rebound out of midair and

off the post for his most dramatic save in the third period.

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 just 19

minutes against the Sharks. … Smyth’s eight-game injury absence

began with the Flames’ last visit to Los Angeles. The longtime

Edmonton forward was a point-a-game scorer in his first weeks with

the Kings. … The Kings will visit Calgary twice later this

month.