LOS ANGELES -- The Calgary Flames kicked off their California road swing in style with a 5-2 win over the Los Angeles Kings.
The Flames are now 7-1-2 on the road this season and that is due in large part to Jarome Iginla. The captain earned his 9th career hat trick in the victory and was absolutely stellar in all aspects of the game.
Iginla opened the scoring just 13 seconds into the first period with a low, stick side wrister. It was the captain's 13th tally of the season and his 9th of the month.
The Kings picked up their offensive game in the second period. Drew Doughty, whose making quite the case for himself this season in terms of an Olympic roster spot, and Alexander Frolov scored in a span of 38 seconds to give LA their first lead of the game.
Shortly after their scoring burst, the Kings ran into penalty trouble the Flames were handed a 5-on-3 for 35 seconds. They didn't waste it. Iginla potted his second of night to even the game up at two.
Calgary took the lead again midway through the third period when Daymond Langkow scored a shorthanded tally. It was the veteran's 7th goal of the season.
The captain then iced the win by scoring his third of the night and putting his team up by two goals. It was Iginla's ninth career hat trick.
David Moss scored with less than a minute left in the game to give him his fourth on the year.
THE NUMBERS GAME
9 - Career hat tricks for Iginla. The last time the captain scored a hat trick was Oct. 23, 2008 in Nashville. Iginla now has 15 goals on the season and leads the Flames in points with 22.
38 - Seconds between the Kings goals in the second period.
75 - Multi-goal career games for Iginla. He's had three this campaign.
4 - Shorthanded goals for the Flames this season. It was also the 4th shorthanded goal the Kings have given up this year.
5 - Shots by Dion Phaneuf. He had one assist in the game.
27:01 - Ice time for blueliner Bouwmeester. He spent 7:36 on the power play and averaged 0:52 a shift.
Rene Bourque did not make the California road trip. The team chose to let him rest and heal up at home and recalled Jamie Lundmark in his absence ... Calgary has now scored the first goal in 16 of their 21 games this season ... The Flames have registered over 100 victories against two franchises: Vancouver (117) and Los Angeles (104).
WHY CALGARY WON
The captain stepped up to the plate after that 7-1 loss to Chicago. Iginla took his team by the ears and led by example. He scored three goals and was responsible in all three zones. The team also got their power play clicking, scoring twice with the man advantage. Their penalty kill was excellent as well, going three for three. Their PK was aggressive and they even managed to score a shortie. There was consistency and urgency throughout 60 minutes.
THE BIG HIT
After the Flames opened the scoring, they continued to establish their presence by wearing down the Kings physically. Cory Sarich spotted Wayne Simmons with his head down behind the Flames net and the only thing Simmons saw when he lifted his gaze was Sarich's shoulder before he was knocked to the ice.
THE BIG SAVE
With the Kings pressing on the forecheck, Jarret Stoll got himself open and wired a rocket through traffic. Miikka Kiprusoff got himself across the crease just in time to absorb the shot and keep the game tied.
Flames scratches were D Aaron Johnson, D Staffan Kronwall and F Brian McGrattan.
Jarome Iginla - Answered the call from the coaching staff and scored three Jay Bouwmeester - Had a two-point outing and was his usual dependable self Mark Giordano - An incredibly solid game from the blueliner