Kings’ Offense Is Still Lost In 1-0 Loss To Calgary
LOS ANGELES (AP) Miikka Kiprusoff made 28 saves for his 44th NHL shutout and fourth this season, Michael Cammalleri scored early in the third period against his former team, and the Calgary Flames beat the Los Angeles Kings 1-0 on Saturday night.
The Kings are tied with Calgary for eighth place in the Western Conference, but the Flames have one more win. Both teams have played 59 games.
Kiprusoff passed Turk Broda on the career victory list with his 303rd, tying Olaf Kolzig for 24th place and putting him within two wins of Billy Smith. The Flames haven’t allowed more than three goals in their last 13 games.
Los Angeles has been beaten 1-0 in back-to-back games and five times this season. The Kings have eight shutout losses overall.
Jonathan Quick faced 18 shots and took another tough loss. The Kings haven’t scored more than two goals in their last eight home games against Calgary.
The Flames were held to one shot through the first 9 1/2 minutes, and had only one through the first 18:24 of the second. Overall, they were outshot 28-18, the seventh straight game in which their opponents had the advantage.
But Cammalleri, who spent his first five NHL seasons with the Kings, snapped the deadlock at 4:03 of the third with the Flames’ first shot of the period. He banged in his 14th goal from just outside the crease after Quick reached out to deflect a centering pass from the left corner by Tom Kostopoulos, another former Kings forward.
NOTES: Flames broadcaster Charlie Simmer, one-third of the Kings’ famed “Triple Crown Line” with Marcel Dionne and Dave Taylor, was the latest honoree in the team’s “Legends Night” series. Simmer had back-to-back, 56-goal seasons in the early 1980s and scored a goal in a franchise-record 13 straight games. … Kings C Mike Richards hasn’t scored a goal in 14 games, and has only one in 24. … LW Dustin Penner, a healthy scratch the previous three games, returned to the Kings’ lineup. RW Trent Hunter was sent to Manchester of the AHL after he cleared waivers Saturday morning. … Calgary LW Blake Comeau turned 26 and played in his 300th regular-season game. … The Flames were 0 for 1 on the power play, and are 0 for 14 in their last five games – matching their longest string of the season. … C Jarret Stoll, the Kings’ most successful player on faceoffs, missed his fourth straight game because of a lower body injury. … The Kings haven’t allowed more than three goals in 15 games since a 5-4 home loss to Dallas on Jan. 12. … The Kings are 15-7-7 since Darryl Sutter replaced Terry Murray as head coach.