LOS ANGELES (AP) -- In a game where the penalty box came into
play almost as much as the puck, Chris Simon's timely power-play
goal and Calgary's penalty-killing unit made all the difference.
Simon scored his second goal of the game with 30 seconds left in
the third period and the Flames overcame a two-goal deficit to beat
the Los Angeles Kings 3-2 on Sunday night.
"To be down 2-0 and find a way to win that game in regulation
feels good," Flames captain Jarome Iginla said. "Our power play
was better. We were doing some good things and we didn't get
The Flames, who entered a league-worst 5-for-59 on the power
play, were 2-for-10 against a Kings squad that came in with the
NHL's second-worst penalty-killing percentage. Los Angeles also was
1-for-10 with the man advantage.
"With the way the game went, we knew anything was possible,"
Simon said. "Our penalty kill did an amazing job and it was the
difference in the game."
The Flames got the man advantage when rookie Tom Kostopolous was
sent off for boarding, after he slammed Calgary defenseman Jordan
Leopold into the glass behind the Calgary net with 1:39 to play.
Moments later, Simon came out from behind the Kings' net with the
puck, spun around and put a 25-foot wrist shot over rookie Mathieu
Garon's glove for the game-winner. It was Simon's 12th career
"It surprised me that we would take as many penalties as we
did," Kings coach Andy Murray said. "That was pretty
uncharacteristic of our team. I think that took the momentum away
"When you take this many penalties, it takes away from the time
you spend on offense. And when you're killing so many penalties,
you're not in an attack mode, but a defensive mode. Unfortunately,
that's the way we were in the third period."
With the game tied at 2 on Dion Phaneuf's goal, Calgary's Marcus
Nilson was tripped on a clean breakaway by a diving Tim Gleason --
resulting in a penalty shot by Nilson that Garon stopped with his
left leg with 12:26 left in regulation. Garon finished with 28
"I think this might have been the best game Mathieu Garon has
played for us. It's just too bad he didn't get the result he
wanted," Murray said. "He stops a penalty shot in the third
period, and obviously played well for us when he killed a 5-on-3
situation in the second period."
Flames goalie Miikka Kiprusoff stopped 18 shots, including a
breakaway by Pavol Demitra with 16:40 left in the third period.
Demitra got another bad break about 3½ minutes later during a Kings
power play, when his bid for the go-ahead goal was waved off by
referee Mick McGeough 13:08 left in the third period because
Armstrong was in the crease.
Down 2-0, Simon breathed some life back into the Flames at 8:41
of the second period with his first goal of the season. He beat
Garon from in close after Andrew Ference got possession of a
rebound and backhanded the puck into the slot.
Phaneuf was credited with his second goal of the season at 13:36
of the period, when his flip shot toward the net deflected in off
Gleason's skate. The goal, originally credited to Iginla, came
while Eric Belanger was off for holding Craig MacDonald.
"They kept coming at us and we couldn't contain them," Kings
forward Jeremy Roenick said. "We took a lot of penalties. It's
frustrating. This is a bad two points to lose. This was a game
where you have to find ways to win."
Robitaille opened the scoring at 16:13 of the first period when
he deflected Joe Corvo's 45-foot slap shot past Kiprusoff for his
656th career goal and 545th with the Kings, six short of Marcel
Dionne's franchise record.
Kiprusoff took exception to an extra whack Armstrong took
at his glove late in the second period after he stopped a shot by
Lubomir Visnovsky. The Flames' goalie slashed Armstrong on the leg
while still on his knees, and McGeough assessed penalties to both
players. ... Iginla, who twice has led the league in goal-scoring,
has just two goals on 28 shots during 216 minutes and 51 seconds of
ice time. ... The Flames have scored only three first-period goals
in their first 10 games.