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Kings solve power play problems at Flames' expense

2/15/2003

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- After watching their power play reduced to a
pop gun four consecutive times in the first period, the Los Angeles
Kings did something about it.

Ziggy Palffy had a goal and two assists to raise his career
point total to 600, and the Kings did all their scoring during
man-advantage situations on Thursday night in a 4-2 victory over
the Calgary Flames.

It was the second time in four games the Kings scored four times
with the man advantage, after getting as many as three power-play
goals just once in their other 53 games.

"The first period almost killed us, and that isn't acceptable
at all for the power play,'' center Derek Armstrong said. "We were
a little lethargic and weren't moving the puck like we should have.
But then we started trying different things. The second unit came
out and scored, and that made us work a little harder.''

Armstrong and rookie Joe Corvo each had a goal and an assist and
Steve Heinze also scored for the Kings, who have won five of six
games after a 3-13-0 slump.

Jarome Iginla scored a short-handed goal and a power-play goal
for the Flames, 1-6-1 in their last eight games and last in the
Western Conference.

The Kings outshot the Flames 11-0 over the first 8 1/2 minutes and
took the lead the first time they had the man advantage. Heinze
flipped his fourth goal past Roman Turek's stick at the left of the
crease while Scott Nichol was off for hooking.

The Flames were short-handed for eight minutes during a 10 1-2
minute span after Heinze's goal, but the Kings came up empty -- and
surrendered a third short-handed goal during the fourth one.

Dmitry Yushkevich cleared the puck around the boards and Palffy
tried to start up ice with it, but he was hooked slightly by Craig
Conroy and lost control to Iginla. The Flames' leading scorer
swooped in on Jamie Storr and scored his 21st goal, tying the game
1-1.

"I didn't see what led up to it because it happened so quick. I
was just mad, because all of a sudden I saw Jarome Iginla alone
with the puck in front of our net,'' Kings coach Andy Murray said.

Iginla, who won the scoring title last season with 96 points and
52 goals, has scored on just 22 of his 205 shots on net this season
after signing a two-year contract extension for $13 million.

"I didn't even know Jarome Iginla got 30 goals a year prior to
getting 50. So he's proven he can score goals,'' Storr said.
"Whether he's going to get 50 again, who knows? But realistically,
all he's done is put the spotlight on himself by signing for a lot
of money.

"The spotlight should be on him because it's on all of us every
time we go on the ice. I mean, if you're going to get 50 goals,
you're going to get paid the most in the league. And if you make
the most in the league, you better get 50 goals.''

The Kings took a 2-1 lead midway in the second period when
Palffy converted a rebound of Corvo's wrist shot from just inside
the blue line for his team-high 22nd goal.

"They were on the power play for 15 of the first 30 minutes.
And anytime that happens, you're going to be on your heels,''
Iginla said. "But we have to take responsibility for putting
ourselves in that situation. There were so many of them, it's hard
to get on the officiating, because we're a highly penalized team.''

Turek later was assessed his second delay-of-game penalty when
he raced out of his crease to poke a loose puck away from Ian
Laperriere and it sailed over the glass. The Kings capitalized,
Armstrong scoring on a 15-foot wrist shot.

Corvo made it 4-1 late in the second, beating Turek high to the
glove side from 45 feet while Bob Boughner was off for
high-sticking.

Game notes
Calgary rookie D Steve Montador is still looking for his
first point of the season after 38 games -- the most by any
non-goalie without a goal or assist. The most games by any player
last season without a point was 39, by Dallas D Sami Helenius. ...
Iginla is one of only three players since 1949 who won a scoring
title with a team that missed the playoffs. The others were Wayne
Gretzky in 1993-94 with the Kings, and Mario Lemieux in 1987-88
with Pittsburgh.