CALGARY - Calgary winger Rene Bourque scored twice to lead Flames to a 6-2 victory over the Los Angeles Kings on Tuesday.
Linemates Curtis Glencross (one goal, two assists) and Craig Conroy (three assists) also had big nights offensively as the Flames' third line played as if it was the team's top unit. Both of Bourque's goals came on beautiful plays.
Giving Calgary a 2-0 lead, Bourque's first of the game at 18:29 of the first period came after the 26-year-old carried the puck through centre and raced into the Kings zone on his off-wing ripping a wrist shot into the top corner from 30 feet out.
Bourque's second of the night at 9:20 of the third period, making it 6-1, came after he was set up neatly at the side of the net on a nifty cross-ice pass from Conroy.
Mike Cammalleri, Jarome Iginla, and David Moss also scored for Calgary (12-9-1). The Flames are heating up again, having won three of their last four after a cold stretch in which they lost five of seven.
Next on the schedule for the Flames is back-to-back games against division rival Vancouver, beginning Thursday night at GM Place.
Alexander Frolov and Anze Kopitar scored for Los Angeles (8-9-3). The Kings are back in action Wednesday night in Edmonton.
Kiprusoff had 24 saves for the Flames for the victory. His shutout bid ended 3:38 into the third period when Frolov one-timed in a centring pass from Wayne Simmonds, the fifth short-handed goal the Flames have surrendered this season.
Trailing the Flames 2-0 after 20 minutes, the Kings got into further trouble early in the second period when 11 seconds into a penalty kill, Los Angeles centre Michal Handzus backhanded a puck into the crowd drawing a delay of game penalty.
The Flames took advantage of the two-man advantage with Iginla sliding in a rebound off the end boards after Dion Phaneuf's slapshot sailed wide of the net and caromed sharply out the other side where Iginla had an empty net. The Flames captain just got the puck into the net before Ersberg and defenceman Denis Gauthier slid across.
Making his 10th consecutive start, Ersberg was pulled at 10:07 of the second after Glencross made it 4-0.
Glencross also had an empty net to shoot at, the result of a fortuitous rebound off the goal post after Craig Conroy had deflected Cory Sarich's shot.
Ersberg left having given up four goals on 18 shots. Jason LaBarbera replaced him and made 15 saves over the final 30 minutes.
Calgary opened the scoring when its newly formed No. 1 line connected at 9:11 of the first period.
Breaking down the right wing, Matthew Lombardi fired a cross-ice pass to Iginla, who had the puck knocked off his stick but Cammalleri was right there to snap his sixth goal past Ersberg.
Calgary centre Dustin Boyd left the game in the second period after being involved in a heavy collision along the side boards in the Flames end.
Notes: Los Angeles RW John Zeiler serving the first game of a three-game suspension opened up a line-up spot for C Derek Armstrong, who had been scratched nine of the previous 10 games. . . Kings D Denis Gauthier played his first game back in Calgary since 2004. Gauthier played 384 NHL games in nine seasons with the Flames organization. . . The Kings were playing just their sixth road game. No other NHL team has played fewer than eight games away from home. . . Since giving up four power-play goals on nine attempts against San Jose on Nov. 13, the Flames have been shorthanded just eight times combined in the four games since and have killed off all eight.