NHL Game Summary - Los Angeles at Calgary
(Thursday, December 17th)
Final Score: Calgary 2, Los Angeles 1
Calgary, AB (Sports Network) - Nigel Dawes scored the eventual game-winner early in the third period, as the Calgary Flames snapped a three-game losing streak with a 2-1 victory over the Western Conference-leading Los Angeles Kings at Pengrowth Saddledome.
Flames defenseman Dion Phaneuf notched his first goal in 20 games, while Calgary goalie Miikka Kiprusoff was nearly impenetrable, stopping 34 of the 35 shots fired in his direction.
"If not for Kiprusoff, in my mind, we end up winning the game," said Los Angeles head coach Terry Murray.
The victory pulled Calgary into a tie with the upstart Colorado Avalanche for first place in the Northwest Division.
Corey Elkins netted his first NHL goal for the Kings, who have lost eight straight in Calgary. Jonathan Quick made 22 saves for Los Angeles.
Phaneuf beat the clock in the first period, uncoiling a slap shot from the point that found the back of the net with less than a second remaining and Los Angeles rearguard Drew Doughty serving an interference penalty.
Dawes gave the Flames a two-goal advantage 62 seconds into the third, one- timing a Daymond Langkow in the slot.
Elkins put the visitors on the board at 11:06. Oscar Moller was tripped up behind the enemy cage, but managed to slip a pass out front to the rookie forward, who stuffed it home.
Los Angeles pulled the goalie in the waning moments, but was unsuccessful in completing the comeback.
"It was a hard fought game by both teams; it went right down to the wire," said Calgary head coach Brent Sutter.
Kings center Jarret Stoll missed his second straight game with a groin injury...Los Angeles hasn't won in Calgary since December 21, 2005...Calgary hosts Nashville on Saturday...Los Angeles is idle until December 26 when it visits the surprising Phoenix Coyotes.
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