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Ortio, Wideman help Flames pull off win against Kings

by Curtis Zupke /

LOS ANGELES -- One moment Dennis Wideman celebrated, and the next he doubted whether the puck had gone into the net. After the play was reviewed, Wideman and the Calgary Flames headed to the dressing room with smiles yet again.

"When I shot it, I thought it was in," Wideman said after his goal with 52 seconds left in overtime gave Calgary a 2-1 win against the Los Angeles Kings on Monday at Staples Center.

"I raised my arms and then they waved it off," he continued. "And then from the Jumbotron view that they showed, it looked like it hit the crossbar. Then I didn't think it went in."

Wideman shot the puck from a sharp angle on the left side, and it quickly caromed off the camera inside the net. Play continued, but video review determined it was the game-winning goal for the Flames (25-18-3), who are 4-0-0 on their five-game Pacific Division trip and occupy the Western Conference's second and final wild-card spot for the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

The Kings (20-14-12) finished their season-high seven-game homestand 1-2-4.

Goalie Joni Ortio made 33 saves to earn his fourth straight win since he was recalled from Adirondack of the American Hockey League. Ortio, who is 4-0-0 with a 1.23 goals-against average and .958 save percentage, is making a case to stay with Calgary even though Karri Ramo could return from injury.

"I guess that's my job, right?" Ortio said. "Thank God I'm not the one making the decisions. I'm just trying to create a positive problem here."

Said Flames coach Bob Hartley, "We're going to sleep on it, and tomorrow we'll talk to you [reporters] again. That's the best part of my job -- I have a chance to meet you guys every day."

Hartley got serious when asked about Calgary's 3-0-0 record this season against the defending Stanley Cup champions. It was the second straight game that Calgary erased a third-period deficit at Staples Center. The Flames came back from 3-0 against the Kings on Dec. 22 and won in overtime.

"They're all tight games," Hartley said. "There's no blowouts. Trust me. We deserve credit. Our guys play hard, but they play hard also. Whenever you get involved in a tie game late in the third period, it can go either way, and we've been very fortunate. It seems to go our way right now."

Flames center Sean Monahan scored on a great individual effort to tie the game 1-1 at 13:55 of the third. Monahan swiped the puck away from Kings defenseman Alec Martinez at the point, skated down the left wing and beat goalie Jonathan Quick with a wrist shot for his 14th goal.

Defenseman Matt Greene appeared to give the Kings the only goal they would need when his shot from the point through traffic found the net at 10:23 of the third period. It was Greene's third goal.

"That's probably one of the only times I'd lost track of the puck the whole game, and it ends up in the net," Ortio said. "So that's how important tracking the puck is. Maybe next time I'll see it."

The Kings are one point behind the Flames for the second wild-card spot after they got six points out of a possible 14 on their homestand. They head north to face the San Jose Sharks on Wednesday in each team's final game before the All-Star break, which ends Jan. 26.

"We need two points right now," Los Angeles captain Dustin Brown said. "The fact of the matter is we need points, especially against teams like that. It doesn't matter how good we're playing or how bad we're playing, we need to find ways to win games."

Calgary went 0-for-5 on the power play, and Los Angeles 0-for-4. The Flames and Kings had a total of 44 blocked shots and 74 hits.

"It definitely had a playoff feel tonight, for sure," Wideman said.

Los Angeles went scoreless on three straight power plays in the second period, one of which came following a roughing penalty by Calgary center Matt Stajan on Brown.

The Flames could not take advantage of 3:53 of power-play time to start the second period following Drew Doughty's double minor for cross checking and unsportsmanlike conduct near the end of the first.

Calgary's march to the penalty box contributed to it going more than 13 1/2 minutes without a shot in the second. The Flames were outshot 26-5 through 36 minutes and 27-9 through two periods.

The Kings are known as a strong second-half team, but this stretch of games has thrown into question whether they can turn it on. They are 5-6-12 in one-goal games, 2-12 in overtime and 5-8-6 on the road, where they will play six of their next seven games.

Los Angeles coach Darryl Sutter stayed positive.

"Just got to always bounce back, keep bouncing back," Sutter said. "That's what you do. If we weren't strong like that, then we wouldn't have bounced back tonight. That's a big point (for us) at the end of the day. That's what you've got to look at."

Kings defenseman Robyn Regehr returned after missing 12 games because of an upper-body injury. He sent Monahan to the dressing room early in the first period with a big hit.

Calgary visits the Anaheim Ducks on Wednesday to wrap up its road trip.

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