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LOS ANGELES -- Despite outshooting the Los Angeles Kings 27-16, the Calgary Flames fell 2-1 to close out their six-game road trip.
The Flames went 4-2 on this trip and are 11-3-3 on the road overall. The only two games they lost on this trip, against the Coyotes and Kings, were decided by a single goal.
The Flames only surrendered eight markers in the six games and while Brent Sutter was happy with his club's performance away from the Pengrowth Saddledome, he said that the team needed a little extra spark in terms of special teams.
"Bottom line - you only give up 16 shots, so you're pretty good on that side of it. But we needed our power play to win the game for us tonight," he said after the loss. "I shouldn't just say our power play - our specialty teams. Our penalty killing got scored on, the winning goal, and they scored right at the end of the other one too."
Los Angeles rookie Scott Parse opened the scoring at 8:54 of the first period. After taking a pass from Michal Hanzus, the youngster sped in, moved around Adam Pardy and tossed the puck into the net blocker side.
Curtis Glencross was able to score the equalizer 6:00 later with a nifty backhand that flew over Jonathan Quick's shoulder. Craig Conroy made the pass from behind the Kings net, Glencross powered his way past Jack Johnson and threw it in for his seventh goal of the year.
While Conroy is still looking for his first goal of the season, he probably did breath a sigh of relief with his first period assist as he hadn't tallied a point in 11 games. However, Conroy left the game in the third period with what appeared to be a hand injury.
The Kings took the lead again in the second period with a power play marker. Justin Williams sent a quick pass from the corner to Jarret Stoll, who was parked in front of the net. Stoll was able to get the puck over Kiprusoff's glove for his ninth of the year.
The Flames were relentless in the third period but Quick was a brick wall. They were able to put 13 shots on the young netminder, manufacture several quality scoring opportunies while on the power play and only allowed four shots on Miikka Kiprusoff but that wasn't quite enough.
After their lengthy road trip, the Flames will be back in Calgary on Wednesday night to take on the Atlanta Thrashers. The puck drops at 7:30 p.m. MST on Rogers Sportsnet West & The FAN 960.
|WHY CALGARY LOST |
|The Flames looked flat in the second stanza, especially while on the penalty kill, and that lapse cost them. They played very well in the third period, outshooting the Kings 13-4 in the frame, but Quick was able to stop everything they threw at him. The Flames power play was fairly inconsistent as not converting with the man advantage hurt as they two chances in the final frame. || |
|GAME NOTES |
|Robyn Regehr was a late scratch due to a lower body injury. He is listed as day-to-day and could be ready for Atlanta on Wednesday night. Staffan Kronwall drew into the lineup in his absence ... Brandon Prust was a healthy scratch ... Conroy is the only Flame who has played for Los Angeles. || |
|THE NUMBERS GAME |
|The Kings opening tally was only the 7th time the Flames have surrendered the first goal this season ... this was Jay Bouwmeester's 500th career game ... Kronwall played in his 7th game this season ... Conroy only needs 2 points to reach 300 with the Flames ... Bouwmeester logged 30:45 of ice time ... Calgary has only lost 3 games in regulation on the road this campaign ... Stoll had 7 hits in the game to lead all players in that category. || |
|THE BIG SAVE |
|In the second period, Justin Williams zipped past Adam Pardy and tried to cut across the net and score on the backhand but Kiprusoff followed him all the way across the crease and got his shoulder on the shot. || |
|OUR THREE STARS |