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Kings Send Flames Home With a Loss

Posted 08 Dec 2009 — by admin
Category Flames, Glencross, Los Angeles Kings, Loss, Road

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The Los Angeles Kings have surprised many people this season by fighting their way from the NHL’s basement into playoff contention. They continued their fight at home against the Calgary Flames tonight, and gained another 2 points as they sent the Flames packing after beating them 2-1.

Tonight’s game marks the end of the Flames’ season-high, 6-game road trip, which came at a time when the Flames were playing their best hockey while occupying the visitor’s bench. The 11-day road trip was overwhelmingly successful as the Flames took 8 of a total 12 points, beating San Jose, Detroit, Nashville and Columbus along the way. Miikka Kiprusoff registered 2 shutouts and the Flames outshot their opponents 16-8.

Tonight, the Flames played incredibly well, but were stopped by a hot goaltender (Jonathan Quick) and some stingy forechecking by the Kings. Rookie Scott Parse opened the scoring for the Kings with a Bobby Orr-like goal. The Flames tied it up just over 6 minutes later when Curtis Glencross backhanded a shot into the Kings net.

The dagger in the Flames back came while killing a penalty. With Craig Conroy in the box for tripping, the Flames couldn’t get the puck out of their own end and it turned into a shooting gallery. While Calgary scrambled around the ice, the Los Angeles powerplay unit fired shot-after-shot at Miikka Kiprusoff, eventually beating him on a redirect in front of the net.

The Flames had plenty of chances to tie the game in the 2nd and 3rd periods but could not beat Quick. The young Kings goalie was “in the zone” tonight and seemed to get a pad on everything that came his way. Even when the Flames had 2 or 3 chances to whack at a rebound, he still managed to keep the puck out of the net.

The Flames return home tonight and will have a day to rest before playing the Atlanta Thrashers on Thursday.

Flames 1 Win Away from Home-Ice in the Playoffs

Posted 06 Apr 2009 — by admin
Category Los Angeles Kings, Northwest Division, Playoff Race, Win, home

Other than the fact that the Flames are back on a 1 game winning streak and now in sole possession of first place in the NW division, I can’t really take too much pleasure in a 4-1 win against the Los Angeles Kings tonight.

Sure, the Flames regained a bit of their scoring touch. Sure, they outshot their opponents 38-24. Sure, they won 4-1 moving them 2 points ahead of the Canucks atop the NW division. And sure… they gave themselves a chance to secure 3rd place in the West with a regulation win in Vancouver tomorrow night… but it was against the Los Angeles Kings. Dare I say it… the “lowly” Los Angeles Kings.

A smashing victory is to be expected when you play a young team that is currently tuning up their golf clubs to get ready for the next 6 months on the golf course.

If the Flames had lost tonight (like the Canucks did in Edmonton last night) I would be very concerned and would seriously consider sounding the “we’re going out in the first round, again” alarm…

…But I’m not.

Despite the fact that the Flames had 2 five-on-three powerplays and still did not score a powerplay goal, it was good to see Jarome Iginla light-it-up with his game-winning 34th goal of the season. It was also nice to see Mike Cammalleri team-up for 2 assists to get himself back on track. This is necessary heading into the post-season as it gives the Flames’ big guns some more confidence.

What was even more enjoyable as a Flames fan was to see the Flames players with smiles on their faces while they sat on the bench. They actually seemed to be having fun again while they were leading.

There has been too much seriousness in the Flames team lately and not enough confident play; not enough of what the Carolina Hurricanes have in their dressing room. In the past 10 games the Flames have been lacking the “we’re unstoppable” attitude which has caused them to lose too many games. And the Flames only have 3 more games to get their confidence back before every win counts.

Some highlights in tonight’s game included David Moss’ 20th goal of the season (way to go Mosser!!) and Jim Vandermeer’s first-ever goal as a Calgary Flame.

The Flames now head to Vancouver to take on the Canucks for the NW division title and home-ice advantage in the playoffs. A regulation win will give the Flames 1st place in the NW division for the playoffs. Puck drop is 8pm tomorrow night.

Flames vs. Kings Highlights

Posted 26 Nov 2008 — by admin
Category Highlights, Los Angeles Kings, Win

Flames Score 6 Times to Beat the Kings

Posted 26 Nov 2008 — by admin
Category Bourque, Cammalleri, Glencross, Iginla, Los Angeles Kings, Moss, Win, home

Rene Bourque scored 2 goals and Curtis Glencross added a goal and 2 assists as the Calgary Flames pummeled the Los Angeles Kings 6-2 tonight. Ex-King Mike Cammallerri also scored against his old team.
Cammallerri Scores
During the off-season Flames GM Darryl Sutter added Bourque, Glencross and Cammalleri with hopes of increasing secondary scoring and taking some of the pressure off Jarome Iginla. Now that these new players have had a chance to acclimatize to the team, they seem to be doing just that. In the past 5 games, Rene Bourque has tallied 3 goals while Glencross has scored 2 goals and added 5 assists. In 21 games, Mike Cammalleri is 2nd on the Flames 17 points (6 goals, 11 assists).

“I’m starting to feel more comfortable now,” Glencross said. “It takes a while to settle in and get to know all the guys. We’ve been together for a few months now. I’m finding that chemistry with Connie and whoever is on the other side – (Dustin) Boyd, (David) Moss, or Rene tonight.”

To say that the Flames beat the Kings “handily” tonight would be an understatement. The Flames controlled the play for the majority of the night, thanks in part to the 9 powerplays that LA handed them. Calgary capitalized on 2 of those opportunities, but more importantly, those Powerplays allowed The Flames control of the flow of the game and continue increasing their lead.

After the game, Kings Head Coach Terry Murray said, “Calgary is a better team than we are, that’s all there was to it. They beat us to every area in the ice, shots, goals, they controlled the boards, they made all kinds of plays whenever they wanted to make plays and they are a much better team than we are.”

I don’t want to sound like I’m blowing the Flames are Contenders Horn, though. If the Flames had not beaten the Kings with ease tonight, I’d be a little uneasy. After matching Detroit play-for-play for most of the game on Saturday, the Flames actually look like they can play against the better teams in the league. Sure they ended up losing 5-2, because of a late collapse that allowed Detroit to pull ahead. But the point is that they appear to have learned a lesson after their 6-1 thumping from San Jose… something that they failed to learn after losing 6-1 to Chicago.

Calgary now seems to have figured out how to control the puck and how to stay out of the penalty box. They’ve also figured out how to play as a team, how to control the puck a little more, and how to go to the net.

The next lesson for the Flames will be to further tighten up their defense to stop their opponents from getting goals like the Kings did tonight. If the Flames start playing smart defence when they’re being pressured, they will do a lot to help Miikka Kiprusoff lower his GAA and get some more confidence back.

Calgary’s next 2 games are against the Vancouver Canucks and they will surely be tested on all these little lessons.

Calgary Flames vs. LA Kings Highlights

Posted 02 Nov 2008 — by admin
Category Flames, Highlights, Los Angeles Kings, Win

Kipper, Langkow Help Flames win 6th in a Row

Posted 01 Nov 2008 — by admin
Category Langkow, Los Angeles Kings, Nystrom, Road, Win

Langkow Scores
The Calgary Flames should have dominated the young Los Angeles Kings tonight, but they needed to rely on Miikka Kiprusoff to save them and allow them to keep their win streak alive.

Daymond Langkow scored the go-ahead goal with 3:37 remaining and Kiprusoff stopped 34 shots to give the Flames a 3-2 win in Los Angeles, and their 6th victory in a row.

After sitting through shamefuly off-key renditions of the US and Canadian National Anthems (someone hopefully got fired for allowing Kelly Ridgeway to she sing the anthems in LA!) it’s understandable that Jarome Iginla would hit the post on a wide open chance just half a minute into the game. I’m sure the game would have been very different if he had scored the tip-in goal… but the miss allowed this young Kings team to stay in the game. Surely it wasn’t the TSN turning point of the game, but Kings coach Terry Murray must have sighed a big relief when Iggy missed.

Though the Flames scored first with a fluke shot that ricocheted of 3 different players before going in the LA net, they never really took control of the game. Playing a much younger Kings team (who currently sit in last place in the Western Conference), Calgary should have dominated on the ice and on the scoreboard. But instead they showed infrequent moments of control, and relied on their own young players to swing the momentum back their way.

The Kings did all they could to keep themselves in the game, but watching the game winning goal showed that the Flames really are capable of playing at a higher level if they take advantage of their opponents weaknesses. Rene Bourque fed the puck to Todd Bertuzzi in the corner. He used his body to protect the puck from Anze Kopitar, looked over his shoulder, then fed a perfect no-look pass to Langkow who was racing to the net. Langkow made no mistakes and shot the puck over Jason LaBarbera’s pad to give the Flames the win.

Kings rookie Drew Doughty had a great game, but it was his error that allowed Langkow to get open in front of the net for the winning goal. If the Flames are going to keep their win streak alive – or to pile up more wins as the season continues, they will have to take advantage of their experience when playing teams like LA.

The Flames now have less than 24 hours rest until they face off against the Anaheim Ducks on Sunday afternoon.

Flames Set Record while Winning in LA

Posted 18 Oct 2007 — by admin
Category Los Angeles Kings, Win, home, record

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The Calgary Flames won their first game at home while solidifying a place in the NHL record books tonight.

Daymond Langkow’s 2nd goal of the night at 16:02 of the second period broke an NHL record that has stood since the Ottawa Senators had 2-goal scorers in their first 6 games of the 1917-18 and 1920-21 seasons. The Flames have now had a player score 2 goals in each of their first 7 games this season.

The Flames also solved their 2nd period scoring problems by scoring 3 unanswered goals in the 2nd frame. Langkow scored 2 goals and Craig Conroy added another in the 2nd period.

With his 2 goals, Langkow is now tied with Ottawa’s Danny Heatley for the lead in NHL scoring. Both players have 7 goals on the season.

Scoring Summary

1st Period
LAK: Cammalleri A: Kopitar, Visnovsky
LAK: Brown A: Kopitar
CGY: Huselius A: Tanguay, Langkow

2nd Period
CGY: Langkow A: Reghr, Moss
CGY: Conroy A: Iginla, Regehr
CGY: Langkow A: Huselius, Iginla

3rd Period
LAK: Kopitar A: Frolov, Visnovsky

Flames Down Kings on Night of Firsts

Posted 20 Dec 2006 — by admin
Category Los Angeles Kings, Road, Win

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Game Highlights from YouTube

-Calgary Flames rookies David Moss, Richie Regehr and Dustin Boyd were pressed into service because of injuries, and they didn’t hold back against the Los Angeles Kings.

Moss and Regehr scored their first NHL goals, leading Calgary to a 5-3 victory Tuesday night. Boyd got his first career point on the second-period goal by Moss, who made his NHL debut after four seasons with the University of Minnesota and almost 1 1/2 seasons with Omaha of the AHL.

“We got a lot of juice out of our young players,” Flames coach Jim Playfair said. “There’s always some apprehension when you get that many young players out there all at the same time, but I think it really worked to our advantage.”

Jarome Iginla assisted on goals by Tony Amonte and Daymond Langkow, and Kristian Huselius scored on a breakaway in the third period for Calgary.

Jamie McLennan made 27 saves for his first victory in three starts this season. He allowed four goals in each of his other two starts – both on the road, against Columbus (Nov. 3) and Anaheim (Nov. 26).

“As a group, we did an unbelievable job banding together,” McLennan said. “We knew who was out of the lineup and the guys knew I was making my third start of the season. It was a total team effort.”

Rookie Anze Kopitar had two goals and an assist for Los Angeles, and Dustin Brown scored on a power play.

Calgary left wing Alex Tanguay missed his first game of the season because of a charley horse and was replaced by Amonte on the Flames’ top line alongside Iginla and Langkow.

“I’ve played with those guys before, so this is a good opportunity for me – playing on an offensive line, creating some offense and trying to get some points,” Amonte said. “It’s a little bit different role than the one I’ve played for this club most of this season.”

Amonte opened the scoring at 1:24 of the first period with one of the ugliest of his 413 career goals. The 16-year veteran got the puck from Iginla in the neutral zone and caught Dan Cloutier napping with a seemingly harmless slap shot from just behind the blue line that deflected off the goalie’s glove. The goal came while Scott Thornton was off for holding Andrew Ference.

“I was just trying to get the puck on the net,” Amonte said. “We were just trying to get more pucks on the net from everywhere. We’ve talked about it as a team. Those kind of goals don’t go in very often, but I’ll take it.”

Cloutier, the target of boos at Staples Center all season because of his erratic play, was burned again less than three minutes later on another long shot by Regehr through a screen as teammate Chuck Kobasew got tied up with Kings defenseman Aaron Miller in front of the crease.

“It’s unbelievable for some of these young guys to come up and contribute like this,” McLennan said. “It’s a tribute to the organization that we’ve got really good depth. It’s nice for your guys to come up here and get a taste of it and have success early.”

Cloutier came in with a 3.74 goals-against average after missing the previous two games because of a shoulder injury he sustained in pregame warmups last Thursday at San Jose. The crowd of 17,247 showered him with sarcastic cheers the rest of the period every time he made a routine save.

“It was not a good way to start the game,” Cloutier said. “We had a few crucial mistakes and the puck was at the back of the net. We did a good job battling back, but we made some key mistakes that cost us in the second period.”

Kopitar twice cut Calgary’s lead to one goal. His first score came just 36 seconds into the second period when his attempted centering pass for Brown caromed into the net off McLennan’s blocker. Kopitar got his 10th of the season at 14:34 of the period after Langkow’s 13th goal gave the Flames a 3-1 advantage.

“Kopitar’s got a lot of poise with the puck and he really is patient,” Amonte said. “He’s got size and he was pretty dominant out there tonight. He’s definitely going to be a guy we’re going to have to key on when they come up to our place.”