Flames forward Curtis Glencross scored a short-handed goal in the Calgary Flames‘ 3-1 victory over the Kings on Sunday night. The Kings looked to start the season 2-0 against the Flames, one day after beating the Vancouver Canucks in a 2-1 shootout victory.
Jonathan Bernier got the start in net for Los Angeles and stopped 29 of the 31 shots he faced. His counterpart, Miikka Kiprusoff, stopped all but one of the 22 shots he saw. The only goal allowed by Kiprusoff, a Dustin Brown redirection assisted by Anze Kopitar and Drew Doughty, came 14:06 into the 3rd period.
Curtis Glencross scored a short-handed goal midway through the 2nd period to break a scoreless tie. Craig Conroy netted a goal early in the 3rd period and Niklas Hagman added an empty net goal in the final minute to close then game.
The Kings were out shot (22-32), out hit (12-14), and overall out played by the Flames. Kings enforcer Kevin Westgarth received two non-physical penalties in a game where the Kings seemed intimidated, once again. This problem began last night in Vancouver but this time, the Kings weren’t able to overcome their shortcomings and suffered their first loss of the season because of it.
The Kings’ last victory in Calgary was December 21, 2005 and Calgary is 14-2 against the Kings in its last 16.
Three Stars of the Game:
1st: Curtis Glencross
2nd: Miikka Kipursoff
3rd: Anze Kopitar