Flames, Kings try to rebound after OT losses
Sunday, 03.20.2011 / 9:43 PM
NHL.comFLAMES (37-27-10) at KINGS (40-26-6)
: SNET-W, Fox Sports-West.
: Calgary 5-4-1; Los Angeles 5-3-2.
: This is the fourth and final meeting between the teams. After dropping the season-series opener back on Oct. 10, the Kings have won the previous two showdowns, including a 4-3 shootout victory on Feb. 5 at Scotiabank Saddledome.
: It's a crucial game for both teams, as each are coming off tough overtime losses to Anaheim. Corey Perry scored against Kings goalie Jonathan Quick
in the extra session on Saturday night, then followed that up by putting a puck past Flames backup Henrik Karlsson on Sunday at the Honda Center. While the Flames are in 10th place in the Western Conference, they're only two points behind No. 6 Los Angeles.
: Sunday marked the opener of a four-game road trip for Calgary, and it didn't go as planned. Miikka Kiprusoff was pulled for the fourth time this season after he allowed three goals on five shots in the first 6 minutes. Karlsson denied the first 23 shots he faced before Teemu Selanne erased Calgary's 4-3 lead with a power-play goal.
"There's not much to think about. You just go in and do your best and try to take the next puck every time," Karlsson said. "Of course, it's a little bit tougher when you get thrown in like that. I felt pretty confident right away. It's just really disappointing."
: As expected, Saturday's showdown against Anaheim was a hotly-contested battle -- so much so that it needed more than regulation to determine the winner. In the end, though, Perry's rocket from the top of the right circle found its way past Quick, who was solid in a 23-save performance.
"We played really well tonight,'' Kings defenseman Willie Mitchell
told lakingsinsider.com. "We had a bad bounce on the first goal and we just couldn't beat [Ray] Emery. We played exactly how we want to play. If we play like that, more times than not we'll get the results we want. We get a point, we lose in OT against a team obviously we would like to win against in regulation to put a bigger gap between us. With that being said, I was really proud of the group and the guys and how we responded after the last game.''
: Iginla has a three-game point streak for the Flames. He has 2 goals and 2 assists during that span. … Kings center Anze Kopitar
has 10 points (5 goals, 5 assists) in 9 games this month.
: For the Flames, forward David Moss (ankle) and defenseman Adam Pardy (shoulder) are out indefinitely. Fredrik Modin is day-to-day with a back injury, while Brendan Morrison (knee) and Raitis Ivanans (head) are also out. … Kings forward Kyle Clifford
(head) is day-to-day, while Scott Parse
(hip) is out indefinitely.
: Los Angeles went 3-for-3 on the penalty kill Saturday night and has gone nine straight games without allowing a power-play goal. Overall, the Kings have killed 29 consecutive man advantages.
: "I liked everything that was going on. Right from the very start of the game, there was a playoff-like atmosphere. The building was alive, and both teams came to compete hard. I thought we had an excellent third period. We just couldn't find a way to finish at the end of the day. It was unfortunate, but we're going to build off this. There was a lot of nice things that happened.'' -- Kings coach Terry Murray after Saturday's 2-1 overtime loss to Anaheim