Series (Game 2 of 4)

Calgary leads 3-1

Game 1: Saturday, January 18th
Game 2: Thursday, February 13th
Game 3: Tuesday, March 18th
Game 4: Friday, April 4th

Flames 2

(18-28-4, 48 pts)

Kings 4

(24-25-4, 56 pts)

10:30 PM ET, February 13, 2003

STAPLES Center, Los Angeles, California

1 2 3 T
CGY 1 0 12
LA 1 3 04

D. Armstrong (Kings - C): Goals: 1, Assists: 1

Z. Palffy (Kings - RW): Goals: 1, Assists: 2

J. Corvo (Kings - D): Goals: 1, Assists: 1

Kings solve power play problems at Flames' expense

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

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.

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