Dion Phaneuf and Nigel Dawes scored goals while Miikka Kiprusoff stopped 34 shots to lead the Calgary Flames to a hard-fought 2-1 victory over the injury-decimated Los Angeles Kings on Thursday night in Calgary.
Corey Elkins, who was recalled on December 14 from the Manchester Monarchs of the American Hockey League, the Kings’ primary minor league affiliate, and was in just his second National Hockey League game, scored his first NHL goal at 11:06 of the third period to help lead a late charge by the Kings. But Kiprusoff was almost perfect in goal for the Flames, who ended a three-game losing streak with the win.
Despite the loss, the Kings put in a solid, gutty effort, but were outmanned with veterans Ryan Smyth, Jarret Stoll and Randy Jones, along with third-year defenseman Jack Johnson and second-year right wing Wayne Simmonds, out of the lineup due to injury.
Game highlights from NHL Video on YouTube:
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