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Flames get late goal for 2-1 win over Kings
CALGARY 2, LOS ANGELES 1
By JOE RESNICK
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Michael Cammalleri has done his best to keep
his Calgary Flames teammates going in the right direction
despite a youthful roster and a host of injuries.
Saturday night, he was in the right spot at just the right time.
Cammalleri scored his 10th goal of the season with 23 seconds
remaining, and the Flames pulled out a 2-1 victory over the Los
Eight of Calgary's nine wins have been by one goal, including
shootout victories over Winnipeg and Florida.
"The wins haven't been as frequent for us as we would have
liked, for sure," said Cammalleri, the first Calgary player to
reach double digits in goals.
"We have a lot of respect for a good opponent across the hall,
knowing that they're comfortable knowing how to win those types
of games. We're still learning how, so this feels good. It was a
special weekend for us because we had our dads here with us."
Cammalleri beat Ben Scrivens with a short backhander from the
edge of the crease after getting the puck from Mikael Backlund.
The veteran center spent his first five NHL seasons with Los
"Cammalleri is a killer. Every game that he plays is like a home
game for him," Kings coach Darryl Sutter said.
Blair Jones had a short-handed goal during a 5-minute penalty
kill in the second period for Calgary.
Karri Ramo made five of his 21 saves during the Kings' long
power play, helping the Flames end the Kings' club-record streak
of 11 consecutive games in which they gained at least one point
in the standings.
Ramo was 4 1/2 minutes away from his first NHL shutout when
Justin Williams tied it with his 200th regular-season goal.
He played a carom off the right boards in the neutral zone after
a clearing pass by defenseman Jake Muzzin, then carried the puck
into the Flames' zone and took a 40-foot wrist shot that glanced
off defenseman Shane O'Brien's stick and over Ramo's right
"Sometimes when a team ties it up late in the game like that and
you counter with quick momentum, it almost catches them by
surprise because they expect the momentum to come their way,"
"We tried to keep aggressive and stay after it and keep making
plays, and Backs made a good play to find me in front of the
Calgary defenseman Ladislav Smid received a boarding major and
automatic game misconduct at 14:26 of the second period for
shoving Dwight King face-first into the glass deep in the
Calgary zone as the Kings forward tried to beat Cammalleri to a
King went to the bench with a cut near his right eye, and his
teammates suddenly had their 5-minute power play.
But it backfired on the Kings, as the Flames responded with
their fifth short-handed goal of the season.
"The funny thing is, when they got that five-minute major, we
went to the bench and said: `Hey, boys, we're going to come out
of this one-nothing."' Cammalleri said.
"You get that feeling sometimes, because sometimes a team gets a
five-minute power play and gets a little lackadaisical."
Calgary defenseman TJ Brodie tried to slap the puck out of his
zone and partially fanned on it, but it had enough momentum to
slide into the Kings' end and Scrivens fell down chasing it to
Paul Byron took possession behind the net and passed it out to
Jones as he was knocked down from behind by defenseman Drew
"I spent a lot of time playing the penalty kill down in
Abbottsford (of the AHL). So once I got on the ice, I had to
seize the opportunity," Byron said.
"I just jumped on the ice for a change and saw that he slipped,
so I put pressure on them and saw Jones out of the corner of my
eye. I slipped it to him and he put it in the back of the net."
Scrivens, who stopped 18 shots, was 5-0-3 with a 1.34
goals-against average and two shutouts in his previous eight
starts. But the disappointment of that goal stung him.
"Stuff happens. It is a game on ice," Scrivens said. "I was
trying to get out there, play the puck and help the defensemen
out. That was my plan, but I had an unfortunate break catching
an edge and they were fortunate enough to capitalize on it."
NOTES: Anze Kopitar also got an assist on Williams' goal - his
500th NHL point. ... Los Angeles is 0 for 18 on the power play
over its past five games. ... The Flames, who scored three
power-play goals against the Kings in a 3-2 win at Los Angeles
on Oct. 21, are just 4 for 50 in 18 games since then. ... The
Kings' penalty-killing unit has stopped 41 of the past 44 power
plays. ... The Flames were 4-8-2 in November, and this was their
only victory in regulation.
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