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LAst Night's Action: Kings Offense Sputters

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Calgary Flames defeat LA Kings 3-1. The Kings continued to have a lot of problems in the offensive zone with the Flames poking and swarming the Kings like gnats. As such the Kings never really had any rhythm on offense usually being held to only one scoring chance per cycle.

The Flames got their first goal short-handed by Curtis Glencross 11:31 in the second period and added another goal 1:20 in the third period by Craig Conroy. Head coach Terry Murray tried shortening his bench in the third period using rookie Brayden Schenn on the second line in place of Brad Richardson.

Dustin Brown scored the first goal of the game 14:06 in the third period, their first even-handed goal of the season, on a tip-in from Anze Kopitar’s shot from the left point. After Brad Richardson was called for a high-sticking, the Kings pulled goalie Jonathan Bernier, who started in place of Jonathan Quick on the second game on consecutive nights, in the final minute to even the numbers.

That only set up the icer - Niklas Hagman’s empty-netter with 23 seconds left in the game. Bernier saved 29 shots while Flames’ goalie Miikka Kiprusoff saved only 21 shots. The Kings have now lost 10 straight games in Calgary.

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