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Kings 6 Flames 3: Inside the Game

by Miranda Baker / Calgary Flames

GAME AT A GLANCE: The Calgary Flames knew going in the Los Angeles Kings would put up a decent fight for two points Friday and they did just that -- and more. They wanted revenge and they got it, devouring the Calgary club 6-3.

Prior to tonight's match, the Flames had three straight wins this season against the Kings and won their last three games against Los Angeles in 2006-07. But unlike their domination in past games, tonight was a different story. The Kings were on top of their game and although it was their first at home in eight games, they were eager to get back to business at the Staples Center.

Los Angeles Kings Alexander Frolov, left, and Calgary Flames left wing Kristian Huselius, of Sweden, battle for the puck during the first period of their NHL hockey game, Friday, Feb. 15, 2008, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Another dominating factor in previous contests against the California club was Flames' forward Daymond Langkow, who had seven goals and nine points in three games. He also had all three game winning goals.

And Langkow didn't disappoint tonight registering the Flames first goal of the game 4:15 into the opening frame. With the Kings' Kevin Dallman drawing first blood moments earlier, Calgary captain Jarome Iginla feeds a cross ice pass to linemate Kristian Huselius, but when Huselius fans on the shot, Langkow is right there to make the play. It's a quick top shelf shot that beats Jason Labarbera and ties the game at one.

Edward Purcell tallied the Kings third goal of the night for his first career NHL goal on a shot that was wired past Miikka Kiprusoff 8:59 in the opening period.

Dustin Boyd registered the Flames second goal of the evening. Boyd gets himself to the top of the crease and chips in a shot around the right leg of Labarbera at 12:59 of the first.

Brian Boyle, Patrick O'Sullivan, Derek Armstrong and Anze Kopitar all collect goals, while Alexander Frolov registers three assists.

Owen Nolan scores the Flames third and final goal of the season five minutes into the final frame. Dion Phaneuf is given the assist.

THE BIG SAVE: Great goaltending by Miikka Kiprusoff in the final minute of the opening frame. Being down a man with Craig Conroy in the box for hi-sticking, the Flames feel the pressure from the Kings on back-to-back shots. Patrick O'Sullivan releases the first one with a fiery wrister, which Kiprusoff sees through traffic, making the big save. The second is stopped in it's tracks by Calgary blueliner Cory Sarich.
THE BIG HIT: One of the night's goal scorers Brad Boyle levels big defenceman Dion Phaneuf 13:28 in the first at the Flames' blueline. Phaneuf is slow to get up, but dusts himself off and continues on with the play. Phaneuf was also hammered by Dustin Brown behind the Flames' net in the final minutes of the second.
THE TURNING POINT: The Flames were dominated right from the drop of the puck and although Calgary did manage to get themselves within one of the Kings, they weren't able to keep pace with the Kings.

THE ROSTER: The Flames healthy scratches were F Wayne Primeau, D Rhett Warrener and F Marcus Nilson.

SPECIAL TEAMS: While the Flames scored on the power play, the Kings generated both a power play goal and a goal shorthanded.

WORTH NOTING: Flames' forward Daymond Langkow has been red hot against the Kings this season, registering eight goals in four meetings against the Los Angeles club...The Flames have won three of four games against the Kings this season but the loss ends their two-game win streak...The Flames are 1-1-0 on their five-game road trip...Kings' right wing Edward Purcell registers his first career NHL goal...David Moss left the game with a leg injury and did not return.

BY THE NUMBERS: The Flames out shoot the Kings 42-25...Alexander Frolov gets three helpers...Daymond Langkow registers his eighth goal in four games against the Kings...Dion Phaneuf led the Flames in ice time with 27:12...Seven shots for Dion Phaneuf...Four hits for Craig Conroy...Four blocked shots for Robyn Regehr...52 face-off percentage for Kings...One penalty shot for Kings' Jeff Giuliano (unsuccessful)...Two assists for Dion Phaneuf.
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