Los Angeles
Kings
34-37-11
Calgary
Flames
46-30-6

25 SOG
35 SOG
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LAK
CGY
game recap

Flames 6, Kings 2

Monday, 06.18.2012 / 11:55 PM

Associated Press

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Flames 6, Kings 2
Los Angeles Kings 2, Calgary Flames 6

CALGARY, Alberta (AP) -Rene Bourque and Curtis Glencross were brought to Calgary over the summer to boost the Flames' secondary scoring. So far, they're delivering.

Bourque scored twice Tuesday night and Glencross added a goal and two assists to lead Flames to a 6-2 victory over the Los Angeles Kings.

The third member of that trio, Craig Conroy, chipped in with three assists as the Flames' third line played as if it was the team's top unit.

The more the rest of the team produces, the less the Flames will have to rely on captain Jarome Iginla - something they have done in previous years.

"Maybe these guys weren't always on the first line wherever they've played before, but they've been able to score, put points up and contribute and take the pressure off of Jarome," Conroy said. "Jarome's playing against the best 'D', usually the checking forwards, so it's hard for him. If we can chip in and help relieve him, that's the key for us."

Both of Bourque's goals came on beautiful plays. He gave Calgary a 2-0 lead at 18:29 of the first period when he stormed through center ice and into the Kings zone, ripping a 30-foot wrist shot into the top corner.

Bourque's sixth of the season at 9:20 of the third period came after he was set up at the side of the net by a crisp cross-ice pass from Conroy. That goal gave the Flames a 6-1 lead.

Glencross has two goals and six assists in the last six games.

"I'm starting to feel more comfortable now," Glencross said. "It takes a while to settle in and get to know all the guys. We've been together for a few months now. I'm finding that chemistry with Connie and whoever is on the other side - (Dustin) Boyd, (David) Moss, or Rene tonight."

Mike Cammalleri, Iginla, and David Moss also scored for Calgary (12-9-1). The Flames have won three of four after dropping five of seven.

Alexander Frolov and Anze Kopitar scored for Los Angeles (8-9-3).

"Calgary is a better team than we are, that's all there was to it," first year Kings coach Terry Murray said. "They beat us to every area in the ice, shots, goals, they controlled the boards, they made all kinds of plays whenever they wanted to make plays and they are a much better team than we are."

Miikka Kiprusoff made 24 saves for the victory. His shutout bid ended 3:38 into the third period when Wayne Simmonds set up Frolov for a short-handed goal.

"You have to be prepared from the drop of the puck, and it was evident tonight that we weren't and it showed," Simmonds said. "You want to get your legs early when you're playing on the road and we didn't get them all game."

Trailing 2-0 after 20 minutes, the Kings got into further trouble early in the second period when, 11 seconds into a penalty kill, Los Angeles center Michal Handzus backhanded the puck into the crowd for a delay of game penalty.

The Flames capitalized on the two-man advantage with Iginla sliding in a rebound off the end boards after Dion Phaneuf's slap shot sailed wide of the net and caromed sharply out the other side.

Making his 10th consecutive start, Kings goalie Erik Ersberg was pulled at 10:07 of the second after Glencross made it 4-0.

Ersberg made 14 saves before Jason LaBarbera replaced him and stopped 15 shots over the final 30 minutes.

Calgary opened the scoring when its newly formed No. 1 line connected at 9:11 of the first period. Breaking down right wing, Matthew Lombardi fired a cross-ice pass to Iginla, who had the puck knocked off his stick. Cammalleri was right there to snap in his sixth goal.

Boyd left the game in the second period after being involved in a heavy collision along the side boards in the Flames end.

Notes: Los Angeles RW John Zeiler served the first game of a three-game suspension, opening a lineup spot for C Derek Armstrong, who was scratched nine of the previous 10 games. ... Kings D Denis Gauthier played his first game in Calgary since 2004. Gauthier played 384 NHL games in nine seasons with the Flames. ... The Kings played their sixth road game. No other NHL team has played fewer than eight. ... Since giving up four power-play goals on nine attempts against San Jose on Nov. 13, the Flames have been short-handed just eight total times in four games. They killed off every advantage.

scoring summary
1st Period
09:11
CGY
Mike Cammalleri (6) Wrist shot - ASST: Jarome Iginla (14), Matthew Lombardi (2)
1 - 0 CGY
18:29
CGY
Rene Bourque (5) Wrist shot - ASST: Curtis Glencross (8), Craig Conroy (7)
2 - 0 CGY
2nd Period
04:00
CGY
PPG - Jarome Iginla (12) Slapshot - ASST: Dion Phaneuf (11), Adrian Aucoin (5)
3 - 0 CGY
10:07
CGY
Curtis Glencross (4) Wrist shot - ASST: Craig Conroy (8), Cory Sarich (3)
4 - 0 CGY
3rd Period
03:38
LAK
SHG - Alex Frolov (7) Wrist shot - ASST: Wayne Simmonds (2), Kyle Quincey (9)
4 - 1 CGY
03:58
CGY
PPG - David Moss (4) Wrist shot - ASST: Matthew Lombardi (3), Todd Bertuzzi (8)
5 - 1 CGY
09:20
CGY
Rene Bourque (6) Wrist shot - ASST: Craig Conroy (9), Curtis Glencross (9)
6 - 1 CGY
19:10
LAK
Anze Kopitar (4) Backhand shot - ASST: Dustin Brown (7), Matt Greene (3)
6 - 2 CGY
penalty summary
1st Period
02:58
CGY
Dion Phaneuf  Interference against  Drew Doughty
15:39
LAK
Jarret Stoll  Hooking against  Mike Cammalleri
2nd Period
02:27
LAK
Brian Boyle  Holding against  Wayne Primeau
02:38
LAK
Michal Handzus  Delaying Game-Puck over glass
07:43
LAK
Michal Handzus  Tripping against  Rene Bourque
13:59
CGY
Mark Giordano  Holding against  Derek Armstrong
15:50
CGY
Dion Phaneuf  Slashing against  Derek Armstrong
15:50
LAK
Sean O'Donnell  Misconduct (10 min) against  Dion Phaneuf
15:50
LAK
Sean O'Donnell  Instigator against  Dion Phaneuf
15:50
LAK
Sean O'Donnell  Fighting (maj) against  Dion Phaneuf
15:50
CGY
Dion Phaneuf  Fighting (maj) against  Sean O'Donnell
15:50
LAK
Raitis Ivanans  Roughing against  Cory Sarich
15:50
LAK
Raitis Ivanans  Roughing against  Cory Sarich
15:50
CGY
Cory Sarich  Roughing against  Raitis Ivanans
18:30
LAK
Brian Boyle  Holding against  Craig Conroy
3rd Period
02:57
LAK
Raitis Ivanans  Interference against  Miikka Kiprusoff
07:07
LAK
Raitis Ivanans  Hooking against  Dion Phaneuf
13:03
LAK
Denis Gauthier  Slashing against  Rene Bourque
13:21
LAK
Wayne Simmonds  Roughing against  Rene Bourque
13:21
CGY
Rene Bourque  Roughing against  Wayne Simmonds
20:00
LAK
Kyle Quincey  Tripping against  Jarome Iginla
goalie stats
Erik Ersberg
Erik Ersberg
5-4-2
SA: 18TOI: 30:07
Saves: 14EV: 11 - 14
PIM: 0PP: 2 - 3
SV%: .778SH: 1 - 1
Jason LaBarbera
Jason LaBarbera
SA: 17TOI: 29:53
Saves: 15EV: 9 - 10
PIM: 0PP: 6 - 7
SV%: .882SH: 0 - 0
Miikka Kiprusoff
SA: 25TOI: 60:00
Saves: 23EV: 19 - 20
PIM: 0PP: 3 - 3
SV%: .920SH: 1 - 2