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Inside The Game: Flames vs. Kings

by Aaron Vickers / Calgary Flames

Flames trump Kings 3-2

CALGARY, AB -- Good things come to those who wait.

Mike Cammalleri notched a goal and an assist in his season debut while Karri Ramo made 27 saves for his first NHL win in over four years as the Calgary Flames dumped the Los Angeles Kings 3-2 at Staples Center on Monday.

Ramo’s performance earned him his first victory as a member of the Flames after spending his past four seasons with Omsk Avangard of the KHL. His last win in the NHL came as a member of the Tampa Bay Lightning in a 4-3 SO win over the Florida Panthers on March 14, 2009.

Though Cammalleri recorded two points in his first game of the season after missing the first seven with an upper-body injury, defenceman TJ Brodie left the hero.

Tied 2-2 with Anze Kopitar in the box for hooking late in the game, Jiri Hudler threw a pass through the slot to Brodie at the point, who wired a shot behind Kings starter Jonathan Quick with 29.7 seconds remaining to give Calgary their first win on a five-game swing away from Scotiabank Saddledome.

After Drew Doughty staked the Kings to a 1-0 lead after 20 minutes, Cammalleri drew the Flames even early in the second.

Making his debut, Cammalleri one-timed a feed from Hudler, beating Quick short-side with a power play goal just 2:50 into the second period.

Sean Monahan -- with his team-leading sixth of the season -- gave Calgary the lead with a man-advantage marker of his own. With Doughty in the box for holding, Monahan corralled Mark Giordano’s pass to Cammalleri in front, lifting it by Quick to give the Flames a 2-1 edge at 13:39.

Calgary’s third power play wasn’t as fruitful, though.

With former Flames defenceman Robyn Regehr in the penalty box for interference, Jeff Carter’s centring feed to Mike Richards deflected off the stick of Dennis Wideman and behind Ramo for a shorthanded marker at 16:39 to knot the game 2-2.

GOAL OF THE GAME

Cammalleri dropped down to one knee to one-time a Hudler feed, sending the puck by the pad of Quick just 2:50 into the second period. The goal is his first of the season in his first game.

SAVE OF THE GAME

Near the midway mark of the second period, Doughty sprung Justin Williams in alone on Ramo, who denied the Kings forward on his forehand-to-backhand deke to keep the game tied 1-1.

TURNING POINT

With Kopitar in the box with a late infraction, Brodie converted a feed from Hudler behind the net to give the Flames a late lead the Kings weren’t able to respond to.

QUOTE OF THE GAME

“I guess as much as I needed. It was bouncing as it was first coming and I just tried to make contact and get it there.”

-Brodie on his shot to Peter Maher of Sportsnet 960 The Fan

STAT OF THE GAME

With two assists against the Kings, Hudler remains the only player in the NHL to have a point in each of his team’s games this season. The 29-year-old has four goals and 11 points in eight games for the Flames this season and is tied for fourth in league scoring.

LINEUP NOTES

Roman Horak, Tim Jackman and Christopher Breen were scratched for the game. Matt Stajan (lower body) and David Jones (upper body) missed the game due to injury.

COMING UP

Calgary gets right back on the ice Tuesday when the Phoenix Coyotes welcome the Flames to the Jobing.com arena (8 p.m. MT, SNET-W/SNET-CGY).

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