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Flames cruise past Kings

by Brian Compton / NHL.com
Rene Bourque and Curtis Glencross were brought to Calgary over the summer to boost the Flames' secondary scoring.

On Tuesday night, they were the primary guys.

Bourque scored twice and Glencross had goal and 2 assists as the Flames earned a 6-2 victory against the Los Angeles Kings at the Pengrowth Saddledome.

Craig Conroy, who centered Bourque and Glencross, had 3 assists as the trio proved to be the most formidable line of the night. If anything, Tuesday provided evidence that there is more in Calgary beyond captain Jarome Iginla, who leads the Flames in scoring on an annual basis.
   
''Maybe these guys weren't always on the first line wherever they've played before, but they've been able to score, put points up and contribute and take the pressure off of Jarome,'' Conroy said.

''Jarome's playing against the best 'D', usually the checking forwards, so it's hard for him. If we can chip in and help relieve him, that's the key for us.''
   
Glencross has certainly chipped in, as he now has 8 points (2 goals, 6 assists) over the last 6 games.

''I'm starting to feel more comfortable now,'' Glencross said. ''It takes a while to settle in and get to know all the guys. We've been together for a few months now. I'm finding that chemistry with Connie and whoever is on the other side -- (Dustin) Boyd, (David) Moss, or Rene tonight."
   
After Mike Cammalleri and Bourque scored in the first period to give the Flames a 2-0 lead, Calgary tallied twice more in the second on goals from Iginla and Glencross to lead by 4 after 40 minutes.
   
"Calgary is a better team than we are -- that's all there is to it," Kings coach Terry Murray said.

"They beat us in every area of the ice. Shots, goals, they controlled the boards. They made plays whenever they wanted to make plays."
   
Alexander Frolov ended Miikka Kiprusoff's bid for a shutout with his seventh goal of the season -- which came shorthanded -- at 3:38 of the third. But the Flames countered with another pair of goals, as Moss made it 5-1 just 20 seconds later. Bourque followed with his second goal of the night with 10:40 to play.   
   
"We played well as a line," Bourque said of. "They both had terrific games. We didn't turn the puck over, we got the puck deep, and we went hard to the net."
   
Anze Kopitar rounded out the scoring with just 50 seconds remaining -- long after the game had already been decided.
   
"There was nothing that I liked," Murray said. "Nothing at all. Our goaltender has been very good, but he just didn't have it tonight. Give all the credit to the Flames -- they were tremendous."

Thrashers 6, Maple Leafs 3
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With Atlanta and Toronto looking to end 3-game skids, one would have expected an all-out effort from both teams on Tuesday night at the Air Canada Centre.
   
One gave it, and one didn't.
   
Todd White scored twice while Ilya Kovalchuk had a goal and a fighting major as the Thrashers pummeled the Leafs on their home ice. Toronto has surrendered an NHL-worst 78 goals, a fact that disappoints Leafs coach Ron Wilson. He owns the reputation of being a defensive coach, but he is still struggling to get through to this group.
   
''It's your effort and compete level, and it wasn't there,'' Wilson said. ''It was a flat bench and just dead. That's what disappoints me more than anything.''
   
 
 
Meanwhile, the Thrashers gave coach John Anderson the effort he was hoping for. He raved about Kovalchuk after watching his star player score a goal and engage Leafs defenseman Ian White in a rare fight.
   
"He's the face of the Thrashers," Anderson said. "When you see your big scorer go in there and fight and score and hit and do whatever he has to do and scrap to win, I think it lifts the rest of the team. That's the most enthusiasm I've seen him have all year. He's got a bit of a bloody nose for it, but I think he'd trade that for a win any day."
   
Colby Armstrong, Chris Thorburn and Mathieu Schneider (plus-3) also scored for Atlanta, while Nik Antropov, Jeff Finger and Niklas Hagman had goals for the Maple Leafs, who fell to 7-9-5.
   
Lee Stempniak, in his first game since being acquired from St. Louis, skated on a line with Antropov and Matt Stajan. Antropov's eighth goal of the season at 7:31 of the second period cut Atlanta's lead to 3-1.
   
''We turned the puck over a little bit too much and that's what they thrive on,'' Stempniak said. ''The way they play, the systems they play, they're banking on turnovers and creating their offense off that. It seems like we played into that a little.''
   
Jeff Finger's first goal of the season made it 4-2 at 5:56 of the third period, but Schneider quickly responded with a tally of his own at 7:30. White extended Atlanta's lead to 6-2 via the power play -- his second goal of the night -- with 4:51 to play. Hagman scored with the man advantage less than 2 minutes later, but the game was out of reach.
   
''We're playing the same kind of roller-coaster hockey that we did in the start of the year, (when) we managed to be more on the good side than right now,'' Hagman said. ''It's little things. We keep losing 1-on-1 battles. We allowed them to come in front of our net and they pushed us around a little bit. That's something we shouldn't allow in our building.''

Material from wire services was used in this report.



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