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Kings overcome two two-goal deficits

2/4/2004

CALGARY, Alberta (AP) -- Normally, a hat trick from their star
and two two-goal leads would be enough for the Calgary Flames. Not
Tuesday night.

Jarome Iginla scored three goals and the Flames were ahead 2-0 in the first period and 4-2 in the second before the Los Angeles Kings rallied for a 4-4 tie.

"We've got to be hungrier," Iginla said. "We had two two-goal
leads, we scored enough goals to win, but we didn't. It's not so
much the quantity of shots we're giving up, it's that they're very
prime scoring chances."

Dean McAmmond also scored for Calgary.

Eric Belanger, Esa Pirnes, Alexander Frolov and Luc Robitaille had the goals for Los Angeles, which has just one regulation loss
in its last 13 games (5-1-6-1).

"We keep getting at least a point," Belanger said. "It's a
credit to all the guys in this room and to the coaching staff to
get us ready every night. We believe in ourselves and are having a
lot of fun playing together right now."

Calgary had a power play for the final 1:14 of overtime after
Kings defenseman Jason Holland received an interference penalty for
throwing his broken stick and knocking the puck away from Iginla as
he rushed into the Los Angeles zone. The Flames were unable to
capitalize on the opportunity.

McAmmond put Calgary ahead 3-2 1:31 into the second on a slap shot that squeezed under the pads of Kings goalie Roman Cechmanek, who was then replaced by Cristobal Huet.

Less than three minutes later, Iginla scored on a breakaway for
his 24th goal of the season and the fourth three-goal game of his
career.

Despite the rough start, Huet finished with 21 saves, including
a sprawling stop off Chris Clark with two minutes left in
regulation.

"We've battled hard every time we've played lately, and I have
to give a lot of credit to the guys in the room," said Huet, who
made three saves in overtime. "Everybody really stepped up big, and
considering the conditions, we have to be happy to get a point when
you come back twice like that."

Frolov pulled the Kings to within a goal seven minutes into the
second when he beat Flames goaltender Jamie McLennan on a
breakaway.

Robitaille made it 4-all with less than three minutes left in
the period, converting a pass from Derek Armstrong.

After Iginla scored two early goals, Belanger scored to pull the
Kings within 2-1. With less than four minutes left in the first,
Pirnes tied it when he stripped the puck from Martin Gelinas and
scored on a breakaway.

Game notes
Calgary defenseman Rhett Warrener returned to the lineup
wearing a full face shield. Warrener had missed two games because
of a cut above his lip that required 35 stitches. ... RW John Tripp, who missed seven games with a facial injury, and C Sean Avery, who missed three games with a leg injury, both returned to Los Angeles' lineup. ... The Kings don't play again until Tuesday, when they begin a five-game road trip in Minnesota.