Quick leads Kings past Flames
Tuesday, 08.16.2011 / 5:15 AM
Brian Compton - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor
Few goaltenders have played better in recent weeks than Calgary's Miikka Kiprusoff
, but Jonathan Quick
outdueled him on Monday night.
The Los Angeles Kings
goalie stopped 26 shots -- including all 13 he faced in the third period -- in an impressive 2-1 victory against the Flames at the Staples Center.
"It was a great team win," said Quick, who held the Flames off the scoreboard for the final 35 minutes. "Everyone battled all game long. It was a great two points against a real strong Calgary team. We've just got to keep this momentum going."
and Jarret Stoll
scored for Los Angeles, which won for the fifth time in its last seven games and only the second time in 13 tries against Calgary, which has played nine of its last 10 on the road.
Los Angeles got on the board first at 8:54 of the opening period when Parse managed to beat Kiprusoff while falling to the ice. Curtis Glencross
tied things up less than seven minutes later when he took a nifty feed from Craig Conroy
and beat Quick on a backhander from the slot for his seventh goal of the season.
Stoll scored what proved to be the game-winner 4:34 into the second period as he was able to redirect a pass from Justin Williams
past Kiprusoff on a power-play tally. It was his ninth goal of the season.
"Thankfully it was the (game-winner), but it was a battle out there," Stoll said. "It was kind of a fire drill in our zone for a little while. Quickie was great. He made some big saves for us when we needed him to. We knew it wasn't going to be easy. They're a great team and they're hard to play against, so it was a big win for our club."
Despite the loss, the Flames' six-game road trip has to be labeled a success. Calgary, which fell one point behind Colorado for the Northwest Division lead, racked up 8 of 12 points. The Flames -- who have lost only three times in regulation on the road -- were forced to play Monday night without injured defensemen Robyn Regehr and Cory Sarich
. Regehr skated in warm-ups before being sidelined with an undisclosed injury.
Still, they managed to outshoot the Kings by a 13-4 margin in the third period and 27-16 overall.
''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.''
And even when they did, Quick was up to the challenge.
"They're that type of team that puts a lot of pucks to the net," Kings coach Terry Murray said. "They're big and they're strong on their sticks. But Quick's a pretty thick guy himself and he can hold his own in that crease. That's the type of goaltending that you have to have against probably the best team in the League right now. They're playing tremendous."
Material from wire services and broadcast media was used in this report.