CALGARY (AP) -- Jeff Giuliano's first NHL goal was far more
important than it was pretty.
Giuliano scored the game-winner and Mike Cammalleri scored twice
as the Los Angeles Kings used a four-goal third period to beat the
Calgary Flames 5-2 on Wednesday night.
Cammalleri tied it at 2 on the power play, sweeping a low shot
past Miikka Kiprusoff.
The Kings took their first lead of the night 27 seconds later,
when a harmless looking shot from the blue-line by Tom Kostopoulos
was redirected by Giuliano as the rookie left-winger cruised
through the slot.
"I was by myself and Tommy shot it at the net and I just
deflected it and it went in," said Giuliano, playing his 14th NHL
game. "It sure feels nice to get that first one."
"The top end of our team is not playing very well right now,"
Calgary coach Darryl Sutter said. "There is a focus or purpose
issue with some of our top players right now and its affecting our
ability to play 60 minutes."
The Flames had been 12-1-1 in games in which they took a lead
into the third period.
It marked a second straight shaky outing for Kiprusoff. After
allowing five goals against the Oilers in a 5-4 loss Monday night,
Kiprusoff gave up four goals Wednesday on just 17 shots.
"In our last couple of games, we've just been a bit sloppier
than what our game is and we've given up way too many goals," said
Iginla. "We've got to get back to doing what we do and that's
winning the defensive battles. In the last couple of games, we've
been losing those and everybody in our room knows it. That's where
well have to start in order to get better."<
"He's getting better and better," Cammalleri said. "The guys
in this room have a strong belief in both of our goaltenders but
especially Matty of late, he's been playing great."
Calgary finished 2-for-10 on the power play while Los Angeles
Game Notes Conroy's bout with the flu spoiled his much anticipated
first game back in Calgary since the fan favorite signed with the
Kings as a free agent in July, 2004 ... Kings F Luc Robitaille
returned to the lineup after being benched for three games and got
three minor penalties in the first period.
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Arena: Scotiabank Saddledome Location: Calgary, Alberta
Referees: Steve Kozari, Brad Meier Linesmen: Pat Dapuzzo, Darren Gibbs
Attendance: 19,289 (100.0% full)
Team Stat Comparison
Power Play Goals
Power Play Opportunities
Shots on Goal
Daymond Langkow (10)
(Power Play) Assists: Dion Phaneuf, Andrew Ference
Jarome Iginla (14)
(Power Play) Assists: Dion Phaneuf, Steve Reinprecht
Mike Cammalleri (10)
Assists: Dustin Brown, Mattias Norstrom
Mike Cammalleri (11)
(Power Play) Assists: Derek Armstrong, Nathan Dempsey
Jeff Giuliano (1)
Assists: Tom Kostopoulos, Mike Weaver
Pavol Demitra (18)
Assists: Alexander Frolov, Lubomir Visnovsky
Tom Kostopoulos (2)
(Empty Net) Assist: Sean Avery