LOS ANGELES (AP) _ When Ian Laperriere saw the red light go on behind the
Calgary net, he threw his head back and smiled broadly.
Laperriere ended his 29-game drought during a three-goal first period by the
Los Angeles Kings, then added an empty-netter to seal Tuesday night's 4-1
victory over the Flames.
``When you go that long without a goal, you feel the pressure. I'm not known
as a goal scorer, but sometimes I can put the puck in the net,'' said
Laperriere, who has 70 goals in 630 NHL games _ including a hat trick against
Boston in October 2000.
``It's a lot of fun to score goals. I don't care if you're a grinder, a
fighter or what. It's just fun to help the team like that, and I was missing
that,'' Laperriere said. ``I could have more than two. Sean Avery and Eric
Belanger made some unbelievable plays out there, and I could have buried a
couple more. But I won't get too greedy.''
Derek Armstrong had a goal and an assist, Joe Corvo added his third of the
season and Trent Klatt had two assists for the Kings, who have won consecutive
games for the first time since Dec. 4-6 after going 14 straight without a
``We're a hardworking team, and we have to put our hard hats on and play the
same way every night,'' Armstrong said. ``We're not going to score many pretty
goals without all those guys we have injured, because they're hard to
Roman Cechmanek made 20 saves. The only shot that got past him was Dean
McAmmond's first short-handed goal in 622 NHL games.
The Kings opened the scoring 4:13 in during a delayed penalty. Luc
Robitaille poked the puck toward the crease after getting dumped by Andrew
Ference, and Armstrong whipped his eighth goal past Roman Turek.
``The goals they scored in the first period were all soft goals,'' Flames
coach Darryl Sutter said. ``Ference gets beat by Luc cleanly one-on-one. All he
has to do is look at him in the chest squarely and separate him (from the
puck). Ference has been a borderline competitor for us for a number of games.''
Laperriere, playing his eighth game after missing the previous 19 due to a
concussion, made it 2-0 at 7:14 of the first. He banked the puck in off Calgary
defenseman Jordan Leopold from a sharp angle to the right, after Robyn Regehr
checked Kings forward Sean Avery into Turek.
Sutter then replaced Turek with Jamie McLennan, but Turek was back in less
than three minutes later.
Corvo gave Los Angeles a three-goal cushion at 15:25 of the period _ just 13
seconds after the Kings killed off a penalty.
McAmmond scored 52 seconds into the second period on a 50-foot shot from the
slot during a power play that carried over from the opening period. The goal
was set up by Craig Conroy, who had a career-high four assists Monday against
Calgary left wing Josh Green got a boarding penalty nine minutes into the
first period, resulting in Kings defenseman Lubomir Visnovsky missing the final
two periods with a cervical strain.
``It was a real cheap shot. That should have been a five-minute major _
minimum,'' Murray said. ``I don't like calling out players on other teams for
cheap shots, but there was no need for that. The guy took a pretty good run at
``The referees have to step up and make the call on that play. The league's
got to do a better job of protecting the players. You've got to send a message
that that's not allowed. And certainly, we've felt the pain of that all year
Flames forward Kryzsztof Oliwa, who received a match penalty Monday for
attempting to injure Anaheim goalie Jean-Sebastien Giguere with an elbow to the
head, didn't play against the Kings. But there was no word whether the NHL had
Oliwa was suspended for two games in November after cross-checking
Montreal's Darren Langdon in the face. Last season with the New York Rangers,
Oliwa received a five-game suspension for cross-checking Columbus' Grant
Marshall at the end of a game.