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Inside The Game: Flames vs. Kings

by Aaron Vickers / Calgary Flames

KINGS TAKES SEQUEL 3-1

CALGARY, AB -- Dustin Brown scored twice while Jonathan Quick made 23 saves as the Los Angeles Kings beat the Calgary Flames 3-1 at Staples Center on Monday night.

The win comes just two days after downing the Flames 6-2 on Saturday and marks the first time Los Angeles has swept the season series since 1999-00.

Brown wasted no time getting the Kings on the board.

On the power play with Mark Giordano sitting two for hooking Dustin Penner, Slava Voynov fed a pass to Brown parked to Joey MacDonald’s right. Brown one-timed the pass before the Flames’ goaltender could react to make it 1-0 just 5:39 into the contest.

That lead was extended to two near the midway mark of the period. Keeping the puck in at the blueline, Jake Muzzin stepped around a Flames’ forward and fed Jarret Stoll in the slot, who fired a puck over MacDonald’s glove at 9:40 for the 2-0 edge.

Calgary had an opportunity of their own on the power play to cut the lead to one. Jarome Iginla’s shot deflected onto the stick of Roman Cervenka, who bobbled the puck before having it poked away while staring at an open net.

The Kings had two glorious opportunities to extend their lead in a scoreless second period.

Catching the fourth line on a long shift after an icing call, Anze Kopitar got behind the Calgary defense and forced MacDonald to make a textbook poke check seven minutes in.

Four minutes later, Penner rolled the puck wide on a gaping net after Mike Richards walked around a sprawling TJ Brodie and pulled MacDonald out of position.

The Flames pulled to within one in the third thanks to Mikael Backlund’s individual effort.

Backlund danced around Alec Martinez, going backhand-to-forehand to step around the Kings defenseman before beating Quick through the legs to cut the lead to 2-1 with 5:23 remaining.

It would be the only one to get behind Quick and Brown added his second of the game into an empty net with 26.4 seconds remaining for the 3-1 final.

GOAL OF THE GAME

Backlund’s impressive individual effort to get around Martinez before sliding the puck between Quick’s pads at 14:38 of the third period was the only shot to beat the Kings keeper.

SAVE OF THE GAME

MacDonald’s poke check on Kopitar seven minutes into the second period was as textbook as you can get, thwarting the Kings’ leading scorer and keeping Calgary to within two.

HIT OF THE GAME

Playing his first game after sitting out nine as a healthy scratch, Cory Sarich worked some of his energy off on Brown, drilling the Kings captain in the Los Angeles end.

TURNING POINT

Stoll’s goal midway through the first period put the Kings up 2-0, a deficit Calgary couldn’t overcome over the final 50 minutes of the game.

QUOTE OF THE NIGHT

"I felt our last two periods were the best periods of the trip so we need to take the positives and move on."

-Joey MacDonald

STAT OF THE NIGHT

Mike Cammalleri was lights out at the faceoff dot, winning 68 per cent of his 19 draws against the Kings. In all, the Flames were 59 per cent in the circle against the Kings.

LINEUP NOTES

Defensemen Anton Babchuk and Derek Smith were scratched for the Flames. Forward Curtis Glencross was scratched for the second consecutive game with an upper-body injury. Paul Byron remains on the injured reserve with a broken wrist.

COMING UP

The Flames return to Scotiabank Saddledome on Wednesday when they host the Detroit Red Wings (7:30 p.m. MT, TSN). Calgary concludes their mini two-game home stand on Friday against the Nashville Predators (7 p.m. MT, SNET-W) before heading out on the road for a three game road trip.

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