The Five Takeaways: Flames vs. Kings

Saturday, 18.02.2012 / 9:47 PM / Calgary Flames Budweiser Game Day
By Torie Peterson  - CalgaryFlames.com (@toriepeterson)
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The Five Takeaways: Flames vs. Kings




SHAKY START

The Kings came out with a lot of jump and for the first four minutes of the game, they hemmed the Flames in their own zone thanks to their aggressive forecheck.

Miikka Kiprusoff had to be sharp as the Kings swarmed the net, making a few clutch saves while his team got themselves sorted.

By the end of the period, the Flames had outshot the Kings 10-9 despite being down 6-1 at one point in the frame.

GOALTENDING DUAL WON BY KIPPER

Kiprusoff and Jonathan Quick are two of the best netminders in the NHL so it is no surprise Saturday's game was a goaltending dual.

Kiprusoff put on a clinic in the second period, making save after save to keep the game at a scoreless draw. His best stop came when he robbed Mike Richards, reaching back and snaring the shot in glove.

In total, Kiprusoff made 28 saves and recorded his 44th career shutout. Quick stopped 17 of 18 shots.

TWO SHOTS IN THE SECOND

After a good second half to the first period, the Flames fell absolutely flat in the second stanza.

They managed a mere two shots on net in the period and had an extremely difficult time getting set up in the Kings end.

Calgary did manage to beat Quick once - a Tom Kostopoulos shot - but the post came to the netminder's rescue.

CLUTCH CAMMALLERI

Mike Cammalleri's hot streak continued on Saturday night as he scored the first goal of the game at 4:03 of the third period, giving him his fourth point in as many games. The forward now has 14 goals and 29 points this season.

He also scored in the third frame in Dallas on Thursday night, sending the game to overtime.

HOW THE WEST LOOKS NOW

After the Flames victory in Los Angeles, they now sit in eighth place in the Western Conference. It's the first time this season they have been in a playoff position.