Flames fall 3-0 to the Kings

Wednesday, 28.03.2012 / 6:55 PM / Calgary Flames Budweiser Game Day
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Flames fall 3-0 to the Kings

2011-12 Game No. 78; Home Game No. 38
Flames Record: 35-28-15

HIGHLIGHT OF THE NIGHT - SO CLOSE! TANGUAY NEARLY POTS HIS 14TH
FULL HIGHLIGHTS ›GIORDANO RECEIVES McCAIG AWARD› GAME GALLERY ›THE FIVE TAKEAWAYS ›


CALGARYFLAMES.COM 3 STARS
1st STAR
JONATHAN QUICK
GOALTENDER - LAK
SHOTS FACED: 19 | SAVES MADE: 19
SAVE PERCENTAGE: 1.00

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2nd STAR
ANZE KOPITAR
CENTER - LAK
GOALS: 0 | ASST: 2 | SHOTS: 2 | +/-: +3
TOI: 18:18 | FACEOFF WINS: 8 (57%)

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3rd STAR
JAY BOUWMEESTER
DEFENCE - CGY
GOALS: 0 | ASST: 0 | SHOTS: 2 | +/-: -2
TOI: 25:54 | BLOCKED SHOTS: 6

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CALGARY, AB --  Jonathan Quick stopped 19 shots for his ninth shutout of the season and the Los Angeles Kings beat the Calgary Flames 3-0 Wednesday night to move into the eighth place in the Western conference.

Willie Mitchell, Dustin Brown and Justin Williams scored for the Kings (38-27-12), who snapped a two-game losing streak. Anze Kopitar had two assists.

Quick has the Kings record to himself now, adding onto the record of eight he shared with Rogie Vachon, who set the mark in the 1976-77 season.

The Kings blanked their opponents for the 10th time this season to tie another club record set in 2000-01.

Miikka Kiprusoff stopped 27 of 30 shots for Calgary.

The Flames (35-28-15) have gone 1-3-3 in their past seven games and are three points behind the Kings for the final playoff spot in the Western Conference with four games remaining on their schedule.

After going 3-for-6 on the power play during their 5-4 win over the Dallas Stars at home on Monday, the Flames got nothing from four chances against the Kings.

On the first shift of the game, the Kings hemmed the Flames into their own zone, but Kiprusoff turned aside shots by Rob Scuderi, Jeff Carter and Drew Doughty.

The Kings kept pressing through and were rewarded at 5:03 of the first period when Mitchell did a great job to keep the puck in at the point before blasting a shot through traffic that sneaked through Kiprusoff's legs.

Later in the period, with the Flames killing a penalty to Scott Hannan for interference, Kiprusoff made a great glove grab to stop a blistering slap shot off the stick of Doughty.

At the other end of the ice, Quick made a pad save to deny a scoring opportunity by Alex Tanguay before making a shoulder save to turn aside a shot from the slot by Jay Bouwmeester.

Brown put the Kings up 2-0 at 4:22 of the second period when he converted a feed from Kopitar to finish off a nice give-and-go play.

The Kings played stifling defense in the third period and held the Flames to just four shots. Quick's only real test came at the mid-way mark of the final frame when he stood his ground to stop a shot from the slot off the stick of Blake Comeau.

Williams added an empty-net goal to seal the victory.


PHOTO OF THE GAME
BY THE NUMBERS
STAT OF THE NIGHT
In addition to his three shots on net - which was tied for the team lead - defenceman Anton Babchuk attempted three more shots that were blocked by the Kings.

The vast majority of his shots came on the power play. He led the Flames in ice time with the man advantage, playing 6:40 of his 19:07 on the power play.

FLAMES LEADERS
Icetime -- Bouwmeester (25:54)
Shots -- Moss, Babchuk (3)
Hits -- Iginla, Glencross (3)
Blocks -- Bouwmeester (6)
Takeaways -- Iginla (2)
Faceoff Wins -- Jokinen (8, 62%)
TWEET OF THE NIGHT:
@kj_hood:
Go !!! Plus, I thought I would NEVER say this, but go Van and go Edm...!!! (ahem, tonight ONLY)


FLAMES LINEUP VS. LOS ANGELES
FORWARD LINES
Left Wing Center Right Wing
Alex Tanguay Mike Cammalleri Jarome Iginla
Curtis Glencross Olli Jokinen David Moss
Blake Comeau Matt Stajan Lee Stempniak
Tom Kostopoulos Blair Jones Tim Jackaman
DEFENCE PAIRINGS
Left Defence Right Defence
Jay Bouwmeester Chris Butler
Mark Giordano Scott Hannan
Anton Babchuk Clay Wilson
Goaltenders: Miikka Kiprusoff, Henrik Karlsson
Starting Lineup: Kiprusoff, Giordano, Hannan, Tanguay, Cammalleri, Iginla
POWERPLAY UNITS
FORWARD LINES
Left Wing Center Right Wing
Alex Tanguay Mike Cammalleri Jarome Iginla
Curtis Glencross Olli Jokinen Lee Stempniak
POINT MEN
Left Point Right Point
Anton Babchuk Mark Giordano
PENALTY KILL UNITS
FORWARD UNITS
Forward Forward
Tom Kostopoulos Alex Tanguay
Blake Comeau David Moss
DEFENCE PAIRINGS
Left Defence Right Defence
Jay Bouwmeester Chris Butler
Mark Giordano Scott Hannan