Flames Fail To Sweep LA

Lame First Sinks Outing

January 20th, 2004

A very similar script with a very different dénouement.

Throw up a lame first period, rally in the second and win in Los Angeles. How hard can it be?

Well the Flames found out on Tuesday night when the damn leaked a little more in the first, and the teamed failed to find the net for the next two in a 4-1 set back in the City of Angels.

The Turek watch continued with the bedeviled goaltender allowing three goals on 14 first period shots, providing plenty of drama for staunch Turek disenchanters.

The truth of the matter was break down after break down with all three goals coming off of busted plays down low with many a Calgary defender behind the goal line and out of helps way.

First Derek Armstrong took hold of a Luc Robitaille offering with two delayed penalties coming to the Flames and swept a puck past Turek.

A few minutes later Ian Laperriere scored his first of the season when he fired on Oleg Saprykin'd angled shot off of Jordan Leopold and into the cage while King Sean Avery sat on Roman Turek.

Then eight minutes later Joe Corvo pounced on a third rebound and put the Kings up 3 nil with Turek having little chance on any of the goals.

From that point on Calgary attempted to get back into the game but were foiled by Roman Checkmanek saves, odd calls by the officials or the clang of the goal post, keeping the Kings firmly out front.

With the goalie pulled with over two minutes left in the contest, the Flames lost six straight face offs in the Kings zone, essentially sealing their fate on this evening.

The Kings iced it four times and managed to get the puck out two others, sending the Flames back to a treadmill of win one, lose one, win one, lose one, hockey that has plagued the injury riddled team since late December.

The Flames return home for a game on Thursday against the Predators followed by a Saturday game against the Tampa Bay Lightning.

The club still sits 7th in the west but had their gap from a non-playoff spot close to only three points.





1) Derek Armstrong - Got the Kings going with a first period goal, added an assist later in the contest.

2) Roman Checkmanek - Was equal to the task when the Flames poured on the pressure.

3) Ian Laperierre - Beat Turek once, beat the empty net late for his first two goals on the seasons.

Late in the second period with the score 3-1 Kings, Roman Checkmanek stoned Craig Conroy on a breakaway getting the wrist of his catching glove on a high shot from the Calgary center.

With the Flames reeling, defenceman Robin Regehr tried to shift momentum by exorcising some punishment on King forward Derek Armstrong.

Jarome Iginla returned to the lineup with 18:41 of ice time, one shot on goal and a -2 on the night. ... The loss keeps the Flames in 7th spot one point behind the Predators with a game in hand, and two points ahead of the Kings with a game in hand. ... The Kings were zero for eight on the powerplay, and the Flames were empty on five chances including three straight in the third period with a chance to make a difference. ... The Flames had a tough time in the face off dot, losing 56% of the draws. Dean McAmmond broke even with nine wins and nine losses, but the rest of Calgary's centerman were under water on the night. ... The Kings outshot the Flames 36-21, including a two period lead of 32-14.

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