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Flames end road skid with 2-1 shootout win over Kings

by Curtis Zupke
LOS ANGELES -- The rematch of the Sutters lived up to expectations this time around – tight, grinding, low scoring, and rough and tumble.

For Brent Sutter, it was also victorious.

Mike Cammalleri scored in the second round of a shootout as the Calgary Flames ended a six-game road losing streak with a 2-1 victory against the Los Angeles Kings on Thursday night.

Ex-King Cammalleri snapped a shot past Jonathan Quick and Miikka Kiprusoff denied Mike Richards to end the Flames' longest losing streak away from home since it went 0-3-4 in January-February 2007.

It wasn't easy -- Calgary had to come from behind against a Kings team known for closing strong.

"We looked to find a way, and that's what you need to do," said Brent Sutter, whose 200th career coaching win came in his second matchup against brother Darryl.

"We played well. We did a lot of good things again. It was a game where you had to get in the trenches and really compete. Both teams did that here tonight. It was a heck of a game."

It was the second meeting in six days between the Sutters. L.A., which won 4-1 in Calgary last Saturday, still came out rosy -- it has points in 15 of 16 games under Darryl Sutter, who is 8-1-6 since he was hired Dec. 20.

While the storyline surrounded the Sutters, the teams' captains took center stage as Jarome Iginla and Dustin Brown exchanged goals in regulation, not to mention a few shoves by Iginla as tempers flared at the end of the second period.

Iginla brought it even at 1-1 in the second period with a masterful blast from the left circle while the Kings were trying to kill a bench minor for too many men. Iginla took a cross-ice pass from Olli Jokinen, settled the puck down and ripped it past Jonathan Quick for his 18th goal.

The play was facilitated partially because L.A.'s Trevor Lewis was without a stick after he gave his to defenseman Willie Mitchell after Mitchell broke his stick seconds earlier.

"We're just looking to kind of work the guy without a stick on that side and it happened to be me," Iginla said. "I'm just trying to shoot it hard in an area, and fortunately it went in. Being able to break a stick on a power play – when they have one - it's a good advantage to have."

Kiprusoff stopped 31 shots in regulation and overtime and helped kill a Kings power play in the final 34.1 seconds of overtime. Quick made 24 saves, including a great stack-the-pads block on Scott Hannan late in overtime.

Being able to win against an L.A. team that had been 7-1-4 when tied after two periods was not overlooked by Calgary.

"More than just the points, I think the style of games we're playing – being able to battle – and I think we're a lot grittier now in the last couple of games and it's going to enable us to climb back," Iginla said.

L.A. has not had strong starts but it controlled the first period and took a 1-0 lead on a broken play as Justin Williams had his shot slip through to the slot for an unchecked Brown to slam home at 3:28.

Brown had five shots on goal with six hits while Iginla had four shots and four hits in a season-high 25:30 minutes of ice time.

It was indicative of a grinding game in front of two top-tier goalies.

"You have two of the top, arguably four, five or six goaltenders in the League tonight," said Darryl Sutter, who was seen waiting in the corridor for Brent afterward. "We had three empty nets in overtime and when you have those types of guys in net it's about the second or third bear-down opportunities and we had the opportunities."

Dustin Penner had one of those empty net chances in overtime.

"We're getting good support by the first two forecheckers, on the puck and getting stops down there and getting in good position," Penner said. "It's one of those games where we needed to bury one of our chances."

Iginla's goal continued a leaky trend by the Kings' dominant penalty-killing unit, which has allowed six power-play goals in five games after it had killed 40 straight penalties.

The Flames played their first game without leading goal scorer Curtis Glencross (knee). Alex Tanguay (upper body) and Brendan Morrison (upper body) are also out, and Matt Stajan was activated from injured reserve.
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