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Armstrong, Frolov help Kings top Flames

Feb 16, 2008 - 7:28 AM LOS ANGELES (Ticker) -- The Los Angeles Kings would not allow Daymond Langkow to beat them this time.

Derek Armstrong scored a goal and set up two others and Patrick O'Sullivan added a shorthanded tally and an assist as the Kings avoided being swept of their season series with the Calgary Flames by posting a 6-3 victory Friday night.

Alexander Frolov collected three assists and Jason LaBarbera made 39 saves for Los Angeles, which had lost the three previous meetings with Calgary this season and the last six overall. The Kings had not beaten the Flames since November 25, 2006.

"We're a young team and we're starting to grow together as a team. We need to put the past behind us," Armstrong said. "We're disappointed in the standings, but we take every game as if it was a playoff game."

"It was a great game for us after coming off a road trip," added Frolov, whose brother Sergei was watching him play at the Staples Center for the first time.

Kings coach Marc Crawford was impressed with Frolov's effort.

"(Frolov) has been pretty good since Christmas for us," Crawford said. "He's gotten stronger and the team's playing better. We understand what a team needs to do with a puck."

Langkow, who had scored the game-winning goal in each of the first three games against Los Angeles this season, tied this one at 1-1 just 70 seconds after defenseman Kevin Dallman opened the scoring for the Kings.

After taking a pass from captain Jarome Iginla, Kristian Huselius fanned on his shot attempt and was then knocked down. Langkow picked up the loose puck and fired it past LaBarbera at 4:15 of the first period for his eighth goal against the Kings this season.

Los Angeles, however, refused to let Langkow make the difference yet again, as a pair of rookies provided a 3-1 bulge.

"It's a fun team right now with the younger forwards," Crawford said.

Less than two minutes after Langkow's tally, Brian Boyle scored his fourth goal in just his seventh career game after corralling Frolov's pass with his skates and unleashing a wrist shot from the slot past goaltender Miikka Kiprusoff at 6:02.

Teddy Purcell, playing in his sixth career contest, then doubled the advantage with his first career tally. The 22-year-old took a feed from Kyle Calder in the slot and released a quick wrist shot that beat Kiprusoff.

"I thought that when we signed Teddy (last year), he was going to be an NHL prospect," Crawford said. "By the time the season rolls along, he's going to be in the lineup. Because of a couple of injuries, he's gotten in there and is taking advantage. We are seeing the fruits of that now."

Dustin Boyd halved the deficit and ended a 12-game goalless drought with 7:01 left in first, but the Kings answered with three goals in the middle period to take a 6-2 lead.

"We wanted to have a good start, and we did," O'Sullivan said. "That really got the crowd going and it gave us momentum."

O'Sullivan started the second-period rally with a shorthanded goal at 4:14. O'Sullivan forced a turnover in his own zone and started a 2-on-1 rush with Michal Handzus before burying a one-timer off a pass.

"I think a couple of things have happened," O'Sullivan said of the team's recent run of five wins in nine games. "The defensive mistakes have been cleaned up on our end and the guys have wanted to make a difference. It was frustrating. We have had three different teams this year."

After receiving a feed from Frolov, Armstrong scored at the seven-minute mark, and All-Star Anze Kopitar netted his team-leading 25th goal on a power play with 9:11 left to give the Kings the four-goal advantage.

"We didn't play with preparation," Calgary coach Mike Keenan said. "It makes you wonder what level of preparation or element is needed to play with consistency. We just didn't have any defense, particularly in the first period."

Owen Nolan cut the deficit to 6-3 at 5:15 of the final session with a power-play tally, his 15th goal of the season.

Jeff Giuliano was denied by Kiprusoff on a penalty-shot attempt after he was taken down by defenseman Anders Eriksson with 8:45 remaining in the contest.

Kiprusoff turned aside 19 shots for Calgary, which remains four points behind the first-place Minnesota Wild in the Northwest Division.

Dallman gave the Kings an early lead with his first goal of the season on a one-timer off a pass from Frolov at 3:05 of the first.






  • 13thDisciple So much for the "lowly Kings? Huh?

    Flames vs. KingsFeb 16 1:27 AM


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    FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
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    CALGARY 2 0 1 3
    LOS ANGELES 3 3 0 6 FINAL
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: LOS - KEVIN DALLMAN 1 (ALEXANDER FROLOV, DEREK ARMSTRONG)
    3:05
    CGY - DAYMOND LANGKOW 23 (KRISTIAN HUSELIUS, JAROME IGINLA)
    4:15
    LOS - BRIAN BOYLE 4 (ALEXANDER FROLOV, DEREK ARMSTRONG) 6:02
    LOS - TEDDY PURCELL 1 (KYL

    Feb 16 1:05 AM


  • NHL
    CALGARY 3
    LOS ANGELES 6
    3RD PRD: CGY - (PP) OWEN NOLAN 15 (DION PHANEUF, ADRIAN AUCOIN) 5:15

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    END OF THE 2ND 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    CALGARY 2 0 2
    LOS ANGELES 3 3 6 END OF THE 2ND
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: LOS - KEVIN DALLMAN 1 (ALEXANDER FROLOV, DEREK ARMSTRONG)
    3:05
    CGY - DAYMOND LANGKOW 23 (KRISTIAN HUSELIUS, JAROME IGINLA)
    4:15
    LOS - BRIAN BOYLE 4 (ALEXANDER FROLOV, DEREK ARMSTRONG) 6:02
    LOS - TEDDY P

    Feb 16 12:11 AM


  • NHL
    CALGARY 2
    LOS ANGELES 6
    2ND PRD: LOS - (PP) ANZE KOPITAR 25 (PATRICK O'SULLIVAN, DUSTIN BROWN)
    10:49

    Flames vs. KingsFeb 15 11:55 PM


  • NHL
    CALGARY 2
    LOS ANGELES 5
    2ND PRD: LOS - DEREK ARMSTRONG 8 (ALEXANDER FROLOV) 7:00

    Flames vs. KingsFeb 15 11:47 PM


  • NHL
    CALGARY 2
    LOS ANGELES 4
    2ND PRD: LOS - (SH) PATRICK O'SULLIVAN 14 (MICHAL HANDZUS) 4:14

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    END OF THE 1ST 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    CALGARY 2 2
    LOS ANGELES 3 3 END OF THE 1ST
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: LOS - KEVIN DALLMAN 1 (ALEXANDER FROLOV, DEREK ARMSTRONG)
    3:05
    CGY - DAYMOND LANGKOW 23 (KRISTIAN HUSELIUS, JAROME IGINLA)
    4:15
    LOS - BRIAN BOYLE 4 (ALEXANDER FROLOV, DEREK ARMSTRONG) 6:02
    LOS - TEDDY P

    Feb 15 11:15 PM


  • NHL
    CALGARY 2
    LOS ANGELES 3
    1ST PRD: CGY - DUSTIN BOYD 5 (MARK SMITH, DION PHANEUF) 12:59

    Flames vs. KingsFeb 15 11:03 PM


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    CALGARY 1
    LOS ANGELES 3
    1ST PRD: LOS - TEDDY PURCELL 1 (KYLE CALDER, BRAD STUART) 8:59

    Flames vs. KingsFeb 15 10:55 PM


  • NHL
    CALGARY 1
    LOS ANGELES 2
    1ST PRD: LOS - BRIAN BOYLE 4 (ALEXANDER FROLOV, DEREK ARMSTRONG) 6:02

    Flames vs. KingsFeb 15 10:49 PM


  • NHL
    CALGARY 1
    LOS ANGELES 1
    1ST PRD: CGY - DAYMOND LANGKOW 23 (KRISTIAN HUSELIUS, JAROME IGINLA)
    4:15

    Flames vs. KingsFeb 15 10:46 PM


  • NHL
    CALGARY 0
    LOS ANGELES 1
    1ST PRD: LOS - KEVIN DALLMAN 1 (ALEXANDER FROLOV, DEREK ARMSTRONG)
    3:05

    Flames vs. KingsFeb 15 10:44 PM
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