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Langkow scores twice to put Calgary Flames in NHL record book

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CALGARY - Daymond Langkow put the Calgary Flames into the NHL record book on Thursday night.

Continuing his red-hot start to the season, Langkow scored twice and added an assist as the Flames roared back from an early 2-0 deficit to defeat the Los Angeles Kings 4-3. Trailing 2-1 entering the second period, Langkow's 200th career goal at 6:11 of the tied it 2-2. After Craig Conroy gave the Flames the lead at 11:33, NHL history was written with Langkow's second of the second of the night at 16:02.

On a power play, Kristian Huselius slid the puck over to Langkow, who zipped a high shot over Jean-Sebastien Aubin's glove from the top of the crease. It marked the seventh consecutive game to start the season that a Flames player had notched two goals, breaking a record held by the Ottawa Senators, who accomplished the feat twice - in 1917-18, and again in 1920-21.

"That's a real unselfish play, he could have made one move to his backhand and put it in but (Huselius) chose to give it to me and I had an empty net," Langkow said.

After Langkow opened the season with consecutive two-goal games, Huselius, Matthew Lombardi, Huselius again, and then Jarome Iginla followed suit.

"It's a neat thing, for sure, hopefully we can keep it up," said Huselius. "That (previous record) was a long time ago, but it's nothing we really think about, it just happens and if we can keep it alive that's great, but we don't focus on it."

To make the historic goal even more special, it was Langkow's 500th NHL point.

"The win is definitely the icing on the cake, that's what you play for. The other stuff is just a bonus," said Langkow.

Huselius also scored for Calgary (3-2-2). The Flames kick off their seven-game homestand, longest of the season, with their first home ice victory in three tries.

Mike Cammalleri, Dustin Brown, and Anze Kopitar scored for Los Angeles (2-6-0), which has lost six of its last seven.

Langkow and Cammalleri join Dany Heatley of Ottawa atop the NHL scoring lead with seven goals.

"I don't think that we played terrible but we made a few lazy mistakes in the second period that you can't make against a good team," Cammalleri said.

With a pair of personal milestones and a piece of NHL history already on the ledger for the night, Langkow then endeared himself to the sell-out crowd of 19,289 by getting in a spirited scrap with Brown in the third period jumping in to the defence of Huselius.

The Kings stormed out to a 2-0 lead ten minutes into the game.

However, Calgary climbed back to within one when Huselius snapped a shot from the slot past Aubin with seven seconds remaining in the first period, a goal that came with the Flames on a two-man advantage.

"It's always nice to get a goal at the end of the period, especially in that situation where we didn't have anything going," said Huselius. "We then had momentum to start the second."

Asked what he the turning point was, Kings coach Marc Crawford pointed his finger not at the Huselius, but to the holding penalty to Jack Johnson that put Calgary up two men.

"That was a cheap call but in a game where you have as many penalties as there were, we had a number of opportunities to get ourselves at least a point," said Crawford.

The Flames' comeback comes on the heels of its 5-4 shootout loss Tuesday night in Denver in which the roles were reversed. Calgary led 4-0, only to see the Avalanche rally all the way back to win it.

"This is a big win, obviously, coming off that loss in Colorado," said Langkow. "We got down early but we were able to come back. It's a good character builder."

Making his second straight start after returning from a groin injury, Aubin struggled on a couple of the goals finishing with 25 stops.

After the tough start, Kiprusoff rebounded to finish with 31 saves for Calgary.

Notes: Calgary coach Mike Keenan shuffled his line-up with D Anders Eriksson and C Mark Smith sitting out for the first time. Inserted into the line-up was C Wayne Primeau and D David Hale, who made his first appearance of the year. ... Los Angeles LW Ladislav Nagy, signed as a free agent in the summer, was a healthy scratch for the Kings for the second game in a row. ... Calgary began a stretch where they play just two road games over the next 30 days. ... Kiprusoff is one of only three goalies that have played every minute of his team's games. The others are Philadelphia's Martin Biron and Henrik Lundqvist of the New York Rangers.

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