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The Calgary Flames didn't drop three straight home games at any point last season. A loss Thursday to the Los Angeles Kings will give them that dubious distinction three weeks into 2007-08.

Calgary led the NHL with 30 home victories last season, putting together win streaks of 10 and eight games at Pengrowth Saddledome.

The Flames outscored opponents 142-91 at home behind goaltender Miikka Kiprusoff, who was 28-9-2 with a 2.12 goals-against average and four shutouts there.

Opening this season with home games against Philadelphia and Vancouver figured to give Calgary (2-2-2) an excellent chance at a strong start. The improved Flyers, however, handed the Flames a 3-2 loss and the Canucks pulled out a 4-3 victory in overtime.

After losing to Detroit in the opener of a four-game road trip, Calgary rebounded with wins over Dallas and Nashville before wasting a four-goal lead Tuesday in a 5-4 shootout loss to Colorado.

Captain Jarome Iginla had two goals and an assist as the Flames built a 4-0 lead early in the second period. The Avalanche, though, scored four times later in the period and Calgary couldn't get any of its 17 shots past Jose Theodore after he replaced Peter Budaj.

"We had them," Iginla said. "We had them on the ropes and took our foot off the pedal. We picked up our foot and let them back in the game."

The Flames have had a player score two goals in each of their first six games. Daymond Langkow did in the first two contests, followed by Kristian Huselius, Matthew Lombardi, Huselius again and Iginla.

The Flames have dominated the Kings lately, going 13-4-1 with two ties in the last 20 meetings. Iginla has 16 goals and 11 assists in those games.

Calgary is 7-1-0 with one tie in its last nine home games against Los Angeles.

The Kings (2-5-0) ended a five-game losing streak Tuesday with a 4-3 shootout victory over previously unbeaten Minnesota.

Anze Kopitar scored a short-handed goal in the third period and connected in the shootout as Los Angeles posted its first win since beating Anaheim in the season opener in England on Sept. 29.

"We followed through on our game plan for the entire 65 minutes," Kings coach Marc Crawford said. "We limited the top team in the league to very few chances."

Center Michael Cammalleri scored his sixth goal Tuesday, but most important for the Kings was the performance of Jean-Sebastien Aubin, who stopped 28 shots in his season debut. He began the season on injured reserve because of a groin problem.

"I didn't feel too much pressure. I just wanted to play a good first game because first impressions are always a big thing," Aubin said. "I've got to get used to everything we do, and I'm going to learn more and more about these guys and be even more comfortable."

With 19-year-old rookie Jonathan Bernier returned to his junior team on Monday, Aubin figures to challenge Jason LaBarbera for the starting job. LaBarbera is 0-2-0 with a 4.50 GAA this season.

"Now that there is more of an opportunity, I need to take the ball and run with it," LaBarbera told the Kings' official Web site. "I played two games and I played so-so, so I mean, obviously I need to pick it up as well."

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