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Flames fall to Kings on New Year's Eve

by Staff Writer / Calgary Flames

CALGARY, AB -- Milan Lucic scored, and Jonathan Quick made 23 saves to help the Los Angeles Kings defeat the Calgary Flames 4-1 at Scotiabank Saddledome on Thursday.

Marian Gaborik, Andy Andreoff and Tanner Pearson scored for the Kings (24-11-2), who swept a four-game road trip against Pacific Division opponents. Los Angeles plays five of its next six games at home.

Mark Giordano scored for the Flames (17-18-2). After setting a Calgary record with 11 consecutive wins at home, it lost back-to-back games at the Saddledome for the first time since Oct. 17 and Oct. 20. The Flames visit the Colorado Avalanche on Saturday before starting a five-game homestand.

Gaborik scored 11:04 into the first period to put the Kings up 1-0. Off the rush, Gaborik cut into the slot and sent a quick shot along the ice that beat Calgary goaltender Karri Ramo far-side.

Quick made an outstretched toe save 33 seconds into the game to keep the Flames from an early lead. Sam Bennett had a breakaway on the opening shift but couldn’t beat the goaltender with a deke.

Los Angeles led 3-0 early in the second period.

Tyler Toffoli’s initial shot and rebound attempt by Anze Kopitar were stopped by Ramo, but Lucic poked the puck over the goal line on the Kings’ third try 1:46 into the period. The goal ended a 10-game scoreless drought for Lucic.

Andreoff ended his 10-game drought 1:18 later, one-timing a pass by Michael Mersch from below the goal line between Ramo’s legs.

Giordano scored 3:36 into the third period when his shot from the point deflected off the stick of Drew Doughty over Quick’s glove to make it 3-1. The goal was Calgary’s first in 105:36 after being shut out 1-0 by the Anaheim Ducks on Tuesday.

Quick stopped Dougie Hamilton cutting into the slot at 8:04, and made a glove save off Micheal Ferland’s wrist shot from the slot at 8:46. Joe Colborne hit the post on a power play at 14:35.

Pearson scored into an empty net with 43.9 seconds remaining.

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