NHL Game Summary - Calgary at Los Angeles
(Monday, December 7th)
Final Score: Los Angeles 2, Calgary 1
Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) - Jarret Stoll's goal early in the second period proved to be the game-winner, as the Los Angeles Kings edged the Calgary Flames, 2-1, at Staples Center.
Scott Parse also scored for Los Angeles, which has won four of its last five games overall. Jonathan Quick turned aside 26 saves in the victory.
"Quick has really played unbelievable for us all year and he continues to stand on his head," said Kings forward Wayne Simmonds. "I think we were just confident in ourselves tonight. We just had to look next to us and battle harder than the next guy. They are a very physical team and I think our team is the same way. We just have to play our game and not fall into theirs. We got the two points and that's all that matters right now."
Curtis Glencross scored the only goal for the Flames, who concluded their six- game road trip with a 4-2 mark and will host Atlanta on Wednesday. Calgary goaltender Miikka Kiprusoff allowed two goals on 16 shots in the loss.
The Kings opened a 1-0 lead at the 8:54 mark of the first period on Parse's fourth goal. Parse gained control after a pass from Michal Handzus and streaked down the left side of the slot. Once he reached the circle, Parse maneuvered toward the middle, cut around Flames blueliner Aaron Johnson and punched the puck into the back of the cage from atop the crease.
In the latter stages of the first stanza, the visitors knotted the score. Craig Conroy gained control of the loose puck behind the net and, from along the rear boards, sent a pass directly onto the stick of Glencross, whose backhander from the inner rim of the left circle beat Quick with 4:21 to go.
The only goal of the second period put the Kings ahead 2-1. Skating on the power play due to a tripping minor on Conroy, the Kings worked the puck around the perimeter of their offensive zone before Dustin Brown held control behind the net. Brown passed to Justin Williams along the boards near the base of the half-wall before Williams quickly centered the puck for a redirection goal by Stoll from the top of the crease at the 4:34 mark.
"We didn't give up too much," said Kiprusoff. "They were able to score on the [power play] they had. We threw everything at the net but their goalie was pretty solid tonight. Pretty much every game is tight. We just have to keep playing the way [we] play. We did a lot of good things [tonight]."
Over five minutes into the final stanza, Calgary nearly found the equalizer. Dion Phaneuf's wrister from near the centerpoint was saved by Quick, but Rene Bourque was at the right post and took four whacks at the rebound. Quick, though, stacked the pads and denied Bourque's attempts. Soon after, a glove save by Quick barely kept a bouncing shot out of the net before Olli Jokinen hit the post with a snap shot moments later.
Quick finished with 13 total saves in the third period and held on the rest of the way for the win.
Calgary had won five straight against the Kings prior to this one...The Flames are now 11-3-3 on the road this season...The Kings were 1-for-3 on the power play, while the Flames were scoreless on four chances with the extra skater.
12/08 02:25:51 ET