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Flames 6, Kings 4

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 1:49 AM

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Flames 6, Kings 4
Calgary Flames 6, Los Angeles Kings 4
Calgary Flames center Dustin Boyd, right, dives for the puck as Los Angeles Kings defenseman Lubomir Visnovsky (17), of Slovakia, takes it while Derek Armstrong, center, and left wing Alexander Frolov, right, looks on during the third period of their NHL hockey game, Saturday, Jan. 5, 2008, in Los Angeles. The Flames won 6-4. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

LOS ANGELES (AP) -Calgary coach Mike Keenan hardly changed expression from the time goalie Miikka Kiprusoff blew a two-goal lead in the third period until the final horn when the Flames escaped with their fifth straight victory.

His insides told a different story.

Kristian Huselius and Daymond Langkow scored the tying and go-ahead goals on power plays less than two minutes apart in the third, Jarome Iginla had a goal and two assists, and the Flames beat the Los Angeles Kings 6-4 Saturday night to overtake Vancouver for the Northwest Division lead.

"It was an emotional roller coaster for our team trying to come back, but they showed a lot of determination and were able to succeed in the end," Keenan said.

Robyn Regehr and Langkow scored 62 seconds apart early in the first period, helping the Flames beat Los Angeles for the fifth straight time. Calgary has won 11 of 14 overall and eight of nine on the road.

"It's pretty big," Iginla said. "I mean, we were quite a ways out at the beginning of December, and at that point we were just trying to crawl back into the hunt and into a playoff spot. Kipper's been playing great and we've been riding it and really enjoying this winning streak."

Brad Stuart, Ladislav Nagy and Anze Kopitar scored third-period goals, and Alexander Frolov also found the net for Los Angeles, which has lost 10 of 13. The Kings' 15 wins are their fewest after 43 games since they had 13 during the lockout-shortened 1994-95 campaign and finished 16-23-9.

Alexander Frolov had three points (1-2=3) and now has eight points in the last three games (3-5=8)

Rob Blake had two assists. He has 11 points in the last 14 games (2-9=11)

Ladislav Nagy scored his ninth goal of the season and now has four goals and six points in the last three games (4-2=6)

Anze Kopitar scored his 17th goal and now has 10 points (5-5=10) in six career games vs. Calgary

Brian Willsie, who earned an assist, is now only 1 point away from 100 in the NHL

It was the sixth sellout of the season (18,118)

Marc Crawford: 700K

Anze Kopitar: 700K

Tom Preissing: 700K

The Kings will play the fourth game of a six-game home stand, hosting the Nashville Predators on Tuesday, Jan. 8, at 7:30 p.m. at STAPLES Center.

"I don't think we're playing like we want to win right now," captain Rob Blake said after the Kings slipped to an NHL-worst 15-26-2. "We're at the bottom of the league for a reason."

Trailing 3-1 after two periods, Los Angeles grabbed a 4-3 lead on Kopitar's 17th goal during a 5-on-3 power play. Cory Sarich was serving a four-minute penalty for high-sticking Kyle Calder, and Matthew Lombardi was in the box for slashing.

Huselius tied it 4-all, converting Iginla's cross-ice pass with 6:55 to play and Frolov serving a tripping penalty. Langkow put the Flames ahead to stay with 5:05 left during a goal mouth scramble while Kings forward Brian Willsie was off for holding. Huselius scored again into an empty net with 16.1 seconds remaining for his 20th goal.

"We were just sloppy. We were sloppy all night, like we have been all year," Blake said. "We had a lead and we gave it up. They capitalized on their power plays. The only reason we got back in that game was that 5-on-3."

Los Angeles got on the board at 6:14 of the second period with Frolov's seventh goal. Calgary stretched its lead to 3-1 seven minutes later.

Iginla beat Jason LaBarbera between the pads with a wrist shot in the slot, 28 seconds after Dustin Brown was sent off for slashing. The goal was Iginla's 32nd this season and 12th on the power play, one fewer than the Flames captain had last season.

"This is the most talented group that I've played with in Calgary, with Huselius, (Alex) Tanguay, (Craig) Conroy and Langkow," Iginla said. "We're all helping each other and feeding each other, and I've been the recipient of some pretty good passes."

The Kings pulled even at 3-all with Stuart's fourth goal and Nagy's ninth. Stuart took a wrist shot from just inside the blue line at the left point, and the puck changed direction off the stick of Calgary defenseman Dion Phaneuf with 17:52 left. Nagy banged in a loose puck with 15:12 remaining.

"They got down by two goals early, but they stuck with it. They've got a skilled young bunch and they found a way to tilt it," Iginla said. "Going up 3-1, that was a pretty big lead at that point, but they poured it on again."

Regehr opened the scoring at 2:37 of the first period with his first goal in 26 career games against the Kings.

Langkow, who had a pair of goals against Los Angeles in the Flames' 4-3 loss on Oct. 18 at Calgary, made it 2-0 with his 15th of the season.

Langkow also prevented a goal in the opening minute. He slid to the right of the crease with Kiprusoff out of position and blocked a backhander by Lubomir Visnovsky.

Notes: The victory was Keenan's 606th, the most among active coaches and seven behind current Ottawa general manager Bryan Murray for fifth place on the NHL career list. ... Iginla has scored 356 goals with Calgary, eight shy of Theo Fleury's franchise record. The Flames are 16-4-3 this season when Iginla scores. ... Kiprusoff has started all but one of Calgary's 43 contests. Curtis McElhinney started the other on Nov. 25. ... The Kings are 2-23-2 when allowing at least three goals. ... The Flames are 12-0-3 when leading after two periods.

scoring summary
1st Period
Robyn Regehr (4) ASST: Mark Smith (2), Stephane Yelle (4)
1 - 0 CGY
Daymond Langkow (15) ASST: Owen Nolan (6)
2 - 0 CGY
2nd Period
Alex Frolov (7) ASST: Rob Blake (16), Jack Johnson (6)
2 - 1 CGY
PPG - Jarome Iginla (32) ASST: Anders Eriksson (9), Kristian Huselius (27)
3 - 1 CGY
3rd Period
Brad Stuart (4) ASST: Brian Willsie (5), Michal Handzus (6)
3 - 2 CGY
Ladislav Nagy (9) ASST: Alex Frolov (23), Lubomir Visnovsky (21)
3 - 3 Tie
PPG - Anze Kopitar (17) ASST: Rob Blake (17), Alex Frolov (24)
4 - 3 LAK
PPG - Kristian Huselius (19) ASST: Jarome Iginla (27), Daymond Langkow (23)
4 - 4 Tie
PPG - Daymond Langkow (16) ASST: Anders Eriksson (10), Jarome Iginla (28)
5 - 4 CGY
EN - Kristian Huselius (20) ASST: NONE
6 - 4 CGY
penalty summary
1st Period
David Hale  Interference against  Raitis Ivanans
Stephane Yelle  Hooking against  Jeff Giuliano
Brad Stuart  Holding against  Matthew Lombardi
2nd Period
David Hale  Tripping against  Dustin Brown
Dustin Brown  Slashing against  Dustin Boyd
Raitis Ivanans  Hooking against  Rhett Warrener
Craig Conroy  Hooking against  Michal Handzus
3rd Period
Craig Conroy  Hooking against  Scott Thornton
Cory Sarich  Hi stick - double minor against  Kyle Calder
Matthew Lombardi  Slashing against  Tom Preissing
Alex Frolov  Tripping against  Dion Phaneuf
Brian Willsie  Holding against  Owen Nolan
Scott Thornton  Roughing against  Robyn Regehr
Robyn Regehr  Cross checking against  Scott Thornton
goalie stats
Miikka Kiprusoff
Miikka Kiprusoff
SA: 34TOI: 60:00
Saves: 30EV: 19 - 22
PIM: 0PP: 10 - 11
SV%: .882SH: 1 - 1
Jason LaBarbera
Jason LaBarbera
SA: 26TOI: 58:38
Saves: 21EV: 17 - 19
PIM: 0PP: 3 - 6
SV%: .808SH: 1 - 1