Flames overcome deficit

Daymond Langkow (second from left) congratulated by teammates after scoring the Flames' fourth...

Daymond Langkow (second from left) congratulated by teammates after scoring the Flames' fourth goal. (Sun Media/Mike Drew)

RANDY SPORTAK -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 9:43 AM ET

Hey, that comeback thing can work the other way, too, for the Calgary Flames.

Having spent a couple of days wringing hands over a blown four-goal lead in their last outing, the Flames did a little of the same to the Los Angeles Kings last night to score their first home-ice victory of the season.

Calgary stormed back from an early two-goal deficit to post a 4-3 win before a sellout crowd of 19,289 at the Saddledome.

"It was a big win coming off that loss in Colorado," said centre Daymond Langkow, who paced the Flames with two goals and an assist.

"It's a good character builder, we got down early but we were able to come back."

With Langkow and Kristian Huselius leading the way.

Down by a pair late in the first period, Huselius started the comeback when he scored with 6.3 seconds remaining in the opening period, which sent the hosts off an running to the victory that improved their record to 3-2-2.

"The bench wasn't unsettled at all over the fact we had a two-goal deficit," said head coach Mike Keenan. "It was just a matter of working through some difficult situations early and looking for and sustaining some momentum.

"That gave us some momentum going into the second (period)."

Langkow scored both his goals in that period, while Craig Conroy added a single.

Langkow's second tally gave the Flames an all-time NHL record for consecutive games to start the season with a player scoring two or more goals.

They broke the modern-day mark set by the Buffalo Sabres in 1992-93 in the previous outing, but broke the all-time mark set by the Ottawa Senators in 1917-18 and 1920-21.

Langkow, who has seven goals this season, has scored twice in all three home clashes.

Not content with just putting his name on the scoresheet with offence, Langkow completed the Gordie Howe hat trick by scrapping with Dustin Brown in the third period in retribution for a heavy hit on Huselius.

"He tried to take out Huselius there, kind of a dangerous play, so I just came in. What happened, happened," Langkow shrugged.

Huselius finished with two points, his assist coming on a brilliant pass to Langkow, as did Jarome Iginla and Regehr, who each had a pair of helpers.

Netminder Miikka Kiprusoff finished the night with 31 saves.

Although the victory was hardly a masterpiece, Keenan took solace with a step in the right direction.

"We were able to find a solution, come back and tie the game, take the lead and take the game," he said.

"That's for me a sign of improvement over some of the events that have happened."

Mike Cammalleri and Anze Kopitar both scored on five-on-three powerplays, while Dustin Brown added a single for the Kings, who fall to 2-6-0.

Calgary continues its seven-game homestand tomorrow night when the Edmonton Oilers come calling.


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