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Masked man tricks Kings

RANDY SPORTAK

, Last Updated: 7:50 AM ET

LOS ANGELES -- Los Angeles is all about the stars.

Nothing in the Hollywood area is bigger than the marquee names.

Fitting so soon after Halloween the man with the mask deserved pretty much all the accolades after the Calgary Flames' 3-2 victory last night over the Los Angeles Kings.

Thanks to Miikka Kiprusoff, they survived an ugly performance yet still ran their winning streak to six games.

"He played a great game," said Eric Nystrom.

"He's one of the best goalies in the league, and he's going to be there to back us up when things aren't going that well. He made some huge saves, and it made a big difference in why we won."

Kiprusoff made 34 saves, all kinds of them in the highlight-reel variety and all the way to the final buzzer before the announced gathering of 16,279 at the Staples Center.

"They were shooting a lot, and we took a few penalties -- a few too many -- but awesome for our guys. You have to win those kind of games," Kiprusoff said.

"We didn't bring our best, but we were still able to take those two points.

"That was huge for us."

Kiprusoff has surrendered only nine goals during the club's winning streak, which pushes the team's record to 7-3-1.

And while Kiprusoff put in the award-winning performance, the fourth-line supporting cast -- Nystrom, Wayne Primeau and Brandon Prust -- earned its time on the red carpet.

Their reward was the opening goal, which was eventually credited to Nystrom, after first being awarded to Prust and then to Primeau before the final decision came down.

The uncertainty is understandable, since Jim Vandermeer's point shot went off Primeau, then Nystrom and finally Kings forward Michal Handzus before somehow making its way through the legs of netminder Jason LaBarbera and trickling into the goal.

Nystrom's joking recalled his first goal of the season differently.

"Let's see, coast-to-coast. I toe-dragged one defenceman, went to the backhand and roofed it. The water bottle, I knocked it off the top," he quipped. "Honestly, I didn't know I got it. I was just standing in that area. I'll take it.

"Our line played well, and it's nice to get a goal."

Oscar Moller scored twice for the Kings, including a game-tying tally with six minutes left.

That's when somebody else donning the Flaming C decided to step up. Daymond Langkow combined with Todd Bertuzzi for the game winner within a couple of minutes.

"It was our line out there for (the tying goal), and we were not too thrilled about it," said Bertuzzi, who collected a pair of assists. "When you're scored on like that, you want to make sure you get something done."

Calgary's two-game road trip ends tonight in Anaheim.


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