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Calgary
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46-25-11
Los Angeles
Kings
42-35-5

31 SOG
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Calgary Flames 3, Los Angeles Kings 2 FINAL

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:51 AM

Associated Press

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Calgary Flames 3, Los Angeles Kings 2 FINAL
Calgary Flames 3, Los Angeles Kings 2

LOS ANGELES (AP) - In a game where the penalty box came into play almost as much as the puck, Chris Simon's timely power-play goal and Calgary's penalty-killing unit made all the difference.

Simon scored his second goal of the game with 30 seconds left in the third period and the Flames overcame a two-goal deficit to beat the Los Angeles Kings 3-2 on Sunday night.

``To be down 2-0 and find a way to win that game in regulation feels good,'' Flames captain Jarome Iginla said. ``Our power play was better. We were doing some good things and we didn't get frustrated.''

The Flames, who entered a league-worst 5-for-59 on the power play, were 2-for-10 against a Kings squad that came in with the NHL's second-worst penalty-killing percentage. Los Angeles also was 1-for-10 with the man advantage.

``With the way the game went, we knew anything was possible,'' Simon said. ``Our penalty kill did an amazing job and it was the difference in the game.''

The Flames got the man advantage when rookie Tom Kostopolous was sent off for boarding, after he slammed Calgary defenseman Jordan Leopold into the glass behind the Calgary net with 1:39 to play. Moments later, Simon came out from behind the Kings' net with the puck, spun around and put a 25-foot wrist shot over rookie Mathieu Garon's glove for the game-winner. It was Simon's 12th career two-goal game.

``It surprised me that we would take as many penalties as we did,'' Kings coach Andy Murray said. ``That was pretty uncharacteristic of our team. I think that took the momentum away from us.

``When you take this many penalties, it takes away from the time you spend on offense. And when you're killing so many penalties, you're not in an attack mode, but a defensive mode. Unfortunately, that's the way we were in the third period.''

Luc Robitaille and Derek Armstrong scored first-period goals for the Kings.

With the game tied at 2 on Dion Phaneuf's goal, Calgary's Marcus Nilson was tripped on a clean breakaway by a diving Tim Gleason - resulting in a penalty shot by Nilson that Garon stopped with his left leg with 12:26 left in regulation. Garon finished with 28 saves.

``I think this might have been the best game Mathieu Garon has played for us. It's just too bad he didn't get the result he wanted,'' Murray said. ``He stops a penalty shot in the third period, and obviously played well for us when he killed a 5-on-3 situation in the second period.''

Flames goalie Miikka Kiprusoff stopped 18 shots, including a breakaway by Pavol Demitra with 16:40 left in the third period. Demitra got another bad break about 3 1/2 minutes later during a Kings power play, when his bid for the go-ahead goal was waved off by referee Mick McGeough 13:08 left in the third period because Armstrong was in the crease.

Down 2-0, Simon breathed some life back into the Flames at 8:41 of the second period with his first goal of the season. He beat Garon from in close after Andrew Ference got possession of a rebound and backhanded the puck into the slot.

Phaneuf was credited with his second goal of the season at 13:36 of the period, when his flip shot toward the net deflected in off Gleason's skate. The goal, originally credited to Iginla, came while Eric Belanger was off for holding Craig MacDonald.

``They kept coming at us and we couldn't contain them,'' Kings forward Jeremy Roenick said. ``We took a lot of penalties. It's frustrating. This is a bad two points to lose. This was a game where you have to find ways to win.''

Robitaille opened the scoring at 16:13 of the first period when he deflected Joe Corvo's 45-foot slap shot past Kiprusoff for his 656th career goal and 545th with the Kings, six short of Marcel Dionne's franchise record.

Notes: Kiprusoff took exception to an extra whack Armstrong took at his glove late in the second period after he stopped a shot by Lubomir Visnovsky. The Flames' goalie slashed Armstrong on the leg while still on his knees, and McGeough assessed penalties to both players. ... Iginla, who twice has led the league in goal-scoring, has just two goals on 28 shots during 216 minutes and 51 seconds of ice time. ... The Flames have scored only three first-period goals in their first 10 games.

scoring summary
1st Period
16:13
LAK
PPG - Luc Robitaille (3) ASST: Joe Corvo (1), Alex Frolov (3)
1 - 0 LAK
18:25
LAK
Derek Armstrong (2) ASST: Tim Gleason (6), George Parros (3)
2 - 0 LAK
2nd Period
08:41
CGY
Chris Simon (1) ASST: Andrew Ference (4), Chuck Kobasew (1)
2 - 1 LAK
13:36
CGY
PPG - Dion Phaneuf (2) ASST: Chris Simon (2), Jarome Iginla (5)
2 - 2 Tie
3rd Period
19:30
CGY
PPG - Chris Simon (2) ASST: Stephane Yelle (3), Roman Hamrlik (7)
3 - 2 CGY
penalty summary
1st Period
01:29
LAK
Sean Avery  Roughing against  Steve Reinprecht
03:25
CGY
Shean Donovan  Tripping against  Joe Corvo
06:58
LAK
Craig Conroy  Holding the stick against  Rhett Warrener
12:49
LAK
Joe Corvo  Hooking against  Byron Ritchie
14:37
CGY
Chuck Kobasew  Hooking against  Mattias Norstrom
19:15
LAK
Eric Belanger  Slashing against  Bryan Marchment
2nd Period
02:02
LAK
Sean Avery  Interference
02:02
LAK
Sean Avery  Tripping
04:28
LAK
Craig Conroy  Delaying Game-Puck over glass
08:49
CGY
Jarome Iginla  Hi-sticking
12:10
LAK
Eric Belanger  Holding against  Craig MacDonald
15:14
CGY
Andrew Ference  Hooking against  Mike Cammalleri
17:49
CGY
Bryan Marchment  Hooking against  Sean Avery
18:14
CGY
Miikka Kiprusoff  Slashing against  Derek Armstrong
18:14
LAK
Derek Armstrong  Slashing against  Miikka Kiprusoff
3rd Period
00:35
CGY
Rhett Warrener  Holding against  Mike Cammalleri
01:30
LAK
Dustin Brown  Boarding against  Andrew Ference
03:40
CGY
Daymond Langkow  Roughing against  Tim Gleason
03:40
CGY
Daymond Langkow  Roughing against  Tim Gleason
08:08
CGY
Roman Hamrlik  Holding against  Tom Kostopoulos
15:55
CGY
Bryan Marchment  Elbowing against  Jeremy Roenick
18:21
LAK
Tom Kostopoulos  Boarding against  Jordan Leopold
goalie stats
Miikka Kiprusoff
SA: 20TOI: 60:00
Saves: 18EV: 11 - 12
PIM: 2PP: 6 - 7
SV%: .900SH: 1 - 1
Mathieu Garon
SA: 31TOI: 59:51
Saves: 28EV: 9 - 10
PIM: 0PP: 16 - 18
SV%: .903SH: 3 - 3