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.