Shootout Win Gives Kings Rare Victory In Calgary

Tonight's victory snapped a 10-game losing streak for the Kings in Calgary.

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Kings Beat Flames 4-3 In Shootout, Snap 10-Game Losing Streak In Calgary

Calgary, AB (Sports Network) - Justin Williams scored in the seventh round of the shootout, lifting the Los Angeles Kings to a 4-3 victory over Calgary and halting the Flames' winning streak at six games. Williams had a goal and two assists in regulation and was the only player in the last five rounds of the shootout to score. Rob Scuderi and Dustin Brown also scored in regulation for the Kings, who have won five of their last six games and improved to 2-0-1 on a 10-game road trip. Jonathan Quick had 32 saves for the victory.

Alex Tanguay scored twice for Calgary, including the game-tying goal midway through the third period. Robyn Regehr also scored for the Flames, who were trying to win seven games in a row for the first time since November 1-16, 2005. Miikka Kiprusoff had 30 saves for Calgary.

The first four skaters in the shootout -- Rene Bourque and Tanguay for Calgary, Michal Handzus and Jarret Stoll for LA -- all scored with simple, well-placed shots. The players stopped scoring once they got trickier with their moves. Quick was lucky twice on shots by the Flames' Olli Jokinen and Curtis Glencross.

He got a piece of Jokinen's try, which then hit the left post and Quick's back before falling harmlessly to the ice. Jokinen's shot hit the crossbar and Quick batted it away from the net as it fell. On his game-winner, Williams stickhandled toward Kiprusoff and beat the netminder with a shot that split the gap between his blocker and right pad. The Kings will finish their lengthy road trip with games against Pittsburgh, Washington, Philadelphia, Columbus, the New York Rangers, New York Islanders and Anaheim.

The Kings allowed Calgary to come back three times in this one. Scuderi's shot from inside the blue line scooted through just 39 seconds into the game, but Regehr tied it with a wrister from the point just 42 seconds later. Brown stuffed home a loose puck on the power play at 6:17 for a 2-1 LA lead.

Tanguay scored 45 seconds into the second period on a one-timer from the left circle, but Williams gave the Kings another one-goal lead at 11:02 while cleaning up in front of the net. The 3-2 lead stood until Tanguay's second goal of the game at 11:15 of the third. His shot from a sharp angle to Quick's left came on the power play. Both goaltenders made one save in the overtime period...The Flames started a four-game homestand that will also include visits from Chicago, Ottawa and Anaheim...Both teams were 1-for-4 on the power play.

For more information on tonight's game, be sure to read Jewels From The Crown.

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Kings Look For Rare Win In Calgary Against Flames

(Sports Network) - It has been over five years since the Flames last won six straight games. It's been nearly as long since the Los Angeles Kings have won in Calgary. The Flames look to extend their win streak to seven games this evening when they welcome the traveling Kings to the Saddledome. This current five-game swing is the Flames' longest of the season, with the latest victory coming on Thursday versus the Thrashers. Mikael Backlund had the game-winning goal and Mark Giordano scored and added an assist in the 4-2 victory, Calgary's first in seven games at Atlanta since the Thrashers came into the NHL.

Brendan Morrison and Curtis Glencross added goals and Miikka Kiprusoff made 22 saves for the Flames, who haven't won seven straight since Nov. 1-16, 2005. Calgary's current run has moved it into a tie with Los Angeles and Chicago for ninth place in the Western Conference, one point back of a playoff spot. "We're playing well within our system," Calgary forward Alex Tanguay said. "We're being very aggressive on the puck, we play with a little bit more desperation than we did earlier in the season. Right now, it's all about points for us."

Niklas Hagman missed the game with an undisclosed injury and is questionable for tonight, when Calgary opens a four-game homestand looking for a fourth straight victory at the Saddledome. The Flames will also be in search of an 11th straight home win over the Kings, who haven't won in Calgary since Dec. 21, 2005. Los Angeles has just one victory in its last 17 trips to The Stampede City.

"It's been a very hard building for us to come in and play in," Kings coach Terry Murray told his club's website on Thursday. "They've got a team that digs in and are gritty. They play a way, in here, that we've had problems with." Los Angeles did halt a three-game series losing streak and best Calgary for the second time in the last 10 meetings with a 2-1 home win on Dec. 9.

The Kings will hope to shake off their bad luck in Calgary as they play the third contest of a 10-game road trip. They are 1-0-1 so far on the swing, dropping a shootout in Minnesota on Tuesday before posting a 3-1 victory in Edmonton the following night. Ryan Smyth was originally credited with a pair of power-play goals, but they were later given to defenseman Drew Doughty on Thursday after the league reviewed the goals. It upped the former Norris Trophy finalist's goal total to just six in 46 games this season.

Fellow blueliner Jack Johnson registered a goal and two assists for the Kings, who are 4-0-1 in their last five overall. Jonathan Quick made 32 saves in the win and is 2-3-0 with a 2.01 goals-against average versus the Flames. Kiprusoff is 17-7-1 with a 2.12 GAA lifetime when facing the Kings.

For more information on tonight's game, be sure to read Jewels From The Crown.

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