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The Game Rush: Flames vs. Kings

by Torie Peterson / Calgary Flames

CALGARY, AB -- The Calgary Flames and Los Angeles came into Saturday's game tied with 58 points each and while most expected it to be a tight match, no one expected a seven-round shootout.

The Kings Justin Williams scored the deciding goal after Jay Bouwmeester hit the post, giving the visitors a 4-3 victory over the Flames. The loss ended the Flames six-game win streak but with the point earned in extra time, Calgary is now just a single point out of a playoff position.

The goals came fast and furious in the opening minutes, coming from some very unlikely sources. Rob Scuderi's shot from the point trickled undernearth Miikka Kiprusoff's arm for his second tally of the year. Shortly after, Robyn Regehr earned his first goal of the campaign with a hard shot from the blueline.

Kings captain Dustin Brown added a power play marker at 6:17, giving Los Angeles a one-goal edge after 20 minutes.

The Flames tied up it quickly in the second period thanks to Alex Tanguay's 13th goal of the year coming just 45 seconds into the period. The Kings gave themselves another lead midway through the stanza when Justin Williams poked the puck past Kiprusoff after a scramble in front of the net.

Tanguay potted his second of the night while the Flames were on the power play, tying the game in the third period.

At 10:13 of the third period, Anze Kopitar was nabbed for holding and the Flames were given a golden opportunity to tie the game. They didn't waste their chance, pushing the game to extra time and earning themselves a point.

After Mark Giordano made an excellent diving play to keep the puck in the offensive zone, the puck was pushed into the corner. Brendan Morrison spotted Curtis Glencross and Tanguay in front of the net and made a backhand pass in their direction. Glencross looked like he was going to try and deflect the pass so Quick committed to the shot. Instead, the winger let the puck roll under his stick to Tanguay and he threw it top shelf for the equalizer.

After going down a goal in the first 20 minutes, the Flames knew they needed to come out flying in the middle frame. The top line not only started their second period with a great forechecking shift but managed to tie the game.

Jarome Iginla carried the puck into the corner, battling off defenders before dishing the puck off to Brendan Morrison. The captain went straight to the front of the net, drawing a crowd and effectively screening Quick. Tanguay had snuck into the slot and Morrison wasted no time in passing to him. The veteran winger sent a one-timer over the sprawling netminder.

The entire top line was on their game on Saturday night but Tanguay had a little more jump in his step than usual.

The winger scored two goals and was constantly generating scoring opportunities. He also scored in the shootout, pushing it to extra shooters.

Overall, Tanguay had a team-high seven shots on net, three points and a +2 rating in 20:19 of ice time.

The Flames are now 7-5 in the shootout this season.

Giordano now has 129 shot blocks this season, putting him 2nd in the NHL in that category.

Regehr had 4 blocked shots in the game, making him the team leader in that category.

Tim Jackman was second to Tanguay in shots on net with 5.

"It's a good point for us. We were down three times in the game and came back. We were right there. We hit mulitple posts in the shootout. We had some chances to win. Kipper made some big saves. But you can't win them all in the shootout. We did a good job in coming back and we can't hang our heads." - Morrison

Monday, Feb. 7 vs. Chicago
  7:30 PM MT (Sportsnet West, FAN 960)

The Flames kick off the week by welcoming the Chicago Blackhawks into the Scotiabank Saddledome. The season series is split with one win each. The Blackhawks last visit to the Saddledome ended in a 7-2 victory for the Flames, matching a season-high in goals scored.

The puck drops at 7:30 PM MT on Sportsnet West and The FAN 960.
39 Seconds into the 1st period when the 1st goal of game was scored.
1 Regehr scored his 1st of the season at 1:21 of the opening period.
23 Assists for Morrison this season. He had 3 in the loss.
3 Hits for Glencross and David Moss. They led the team in this category.
300 Games coached for Brent Sutter.

1st Star
Alex Tanguay
G A P +/- Shots
2 1 3 +2 7
2nd Star
Justin Williams
G A P +/- Shots
1 2 3 +1 6
3rd Star
Brendan Morrison
G A P +/- Shots
0 3 3 +1 2

Jonathan Quick
33 30 3 65:00 .909

Miikka Kiprusoff
35 30 3 65:00 .942

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