The Kings four-game winning streak was snapped on Thursday night as the Kings lost to the Calgary Flames, 2-0, on a goal by former Kings Mike Cammalleri and an empty netter.
BLACK HISTORY MONTH
Prior to the game there was a ceremonial faceoff between the Flames Jarome Iginla and the Kings Wayne Simmonds with the puck dropped by Tony McKegney in honor of Black History Month. McKegney was the first black hockey player to score 40 goals in a season and his total of 78 points in the same season (1987-88 with St. Louis) would remain the highest ever recorded by a Black player until Jarome Iginla’s breakout 2001-2002 campaign. McKegney played in 912 games with the Sabres, Nordiques, North Stars, Rangers, Blues Red Wings and Blackhawks, scoring 320-319=639 from 1978-91. LINES
The lines remained intact from the road trip, save for the swapping of C Oscar Moller and C Derek Armstrong. Raitis Ivanans started on a line with Dustin Brown
and Jarret Stoll
but returned to fourth-line duty on his second shift and Kyle Calder returned to work on the Kings CBS line, which has accounted for 31 points (13-18=31) in the last 10 games. During that span, Calder has eight points (3-5=8), Brown has 13 points (6-7=13) and Stoll has 10 points (4-6=10).
ET TU, CAMMI?
Former King Michael Cammalleri scored to put the Flames up, 1-0 in the first period. Cammalleri has now earned a point in each of the three games he has played agianst the Kings, scoring a goal against Los Angeles when the Flames hosted the Crownshirts on Nov. 25, a night in which the foward put a season-high eight shots on net. When the two teams hooked up on Nov. 1 at Los Angeles, Cammalleri added an assist on two shots on net. Cammalleri was the Kings' 2nd round choice, 49th overall, in 2001 and played with the team from 2002-08 appearing in 283 games and scoring 93-112=205. The Kings traded Cammalleri to the Flames at the 2008 NHL Entry Draft for a pair of draft picks.
THIS AND THAT
The Kings have out-shot their opponent 75-45 in the last two games...Every King in the lineup had a shot tonight except Peter Harrold...The Kings are still 7-2-0 in their last nine games, out-scoring their opponents 32-23....Through 53 games last year the Kings had 45 points (10-point improvement)...Through 53 games in 2006-07 the Kings had 40 points (15-point improvement)...The Kings have allowed two-or-fewer goals 23 times this season...It was the first time the Flames had shutout the Kings since Dec. 3, 2001, also a 2-0 shut out.
KINGS HEAD COACH TERRY MURRAY:
(Re game recap): “Well those are games that you have to find a way to win. You’re making a push to make the playoffs and a win puts you one point back of getting over that threshold and getting into that top group and you have to find a way to do it. We played hard, historically the first home game is a very difficult one after a road trip, but the effort, the work side of it, the structure, and the system was great but the part that was missing, when you have a goaltender that’s as good as Kiprusoff is, you have to make life more difficult for him.”
(Re Oscar Moller’s return to the lineup): “He was pretty good. I moved him up at the end, looking for something to happen in the offensive part of it, and he fits in. He’s a player who can play on any line and brings that skill element. I though he was pretty good in his first game, it’s been quite a while for him.”
KINGS FORWARD JARRETT STOLL:
(Re game recap): “We just needed that extra little push; that extra effort to get to the net and get more pucks there. We had some shots. We had a lot of shots, but against a goaltender like that you’ve got to get them the dirty way.”
(Re: homecoming) “We played a solid game. We played a fairly solid game coming back home for our first game against a very good, against a tough team. They are a tough team to play against. I thought we outplayed them for a good portion of the game, we just didn’t bear down on opportunities and capitalize on five-on-threes.
CALGARY HEAD COACH MIKE KEENAN:
(Re game recap): "The Kings had a lot of momentum due to early power plays and then they were really fortunate when the puck went over the glass on Robyn Regehr's backhand, so again they had some opportunity to put pucks in the net and Kiprusoff was a solid force. What we'd like to do is try and take away cross ice passes, and they had good sticks tonight, really diligent in their work and their effort. We used a quite a few people to do that work. We're using at least six forwards and four defensemen so that helps us and I think that they just paid attention to a lot of details. We have to win some hockey games on the road because our schedule favors road games from here on in, but if we get efforts like we did tonight, we'll find a way to win on the road, it's not always the best looking game but that's what you have to do in this league."
CALGARY GOALTENDER MIKKA KIPRUSOFF:
(Re: game recap): "Tonight was a nice win. The Kings have been playing so well lately and we knew it wasn't going to be easy. They were shooting a lot, but most of those shots I slowed them down and our defense took care of the rest. We have more road games left than home games, so we know we have to play a little better on the road, keep doing what we've been doing at home and we'll be fine."
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