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STEVE MACFARLANE, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 8:52 AM ET

Looking to add some more offence to his team's renewed defensive focus, Calgary Flames head coach Mike Keenan rejigged every line.

With five different scorers on the evening, it sure looks like it paid off.

The Flames cruised to a 6-2 decision over the Los Angeles Kings last night at the Saddledome to make it three wins in their last four games before a critical home-and-home series against the Vancouver Canucks begins tomorrow.

"We know we can score goals. Playing defence doesn't mean you have to take away from your offence," Matthew Lombardi said of the balance they struck in both ends last night.

"I think when we do that, we have a lot of success. When we start cheating and trying to complicate things, that's when we get into trouble.

"I think we stuck to it (last night), and it paid off."

So did Keenan's combinations. Lombardi and Michael Cammalleri didn't take too long to make their coach look like a genius for promoting them to the top line with Jarome Iginla.

Snapping a perfect shot past Kings goaltender Erik Ersberg to give the Flames a 1-0 lead halfway through the first period, Cammalleri scored his first goal against his former team. He started the rush and left the puck in the hands of Lombardi before heading to the net along with Iginla. The Flames captain got his stick on the puck but either intentionally left it for his linemate or couldn't gain control as he was backing into the faceoff circle.

Either way, it worked out well for Cammalleri.

"I've said it for a long time -- there's a lot of good players on this team. So I think if we can find the right chemistry with the right guys, we'll be able to put the puck in the net," said Cammalleri, who played nearly 19 minutes -- well above his average per night with the Flames. "It felt really good for me. I welcome that responsibility. It's something that, as a player, you want."

Another nifty pass from Lombardi -- who finished with a pair of assists in his second game back after missing 13 with a shoulder injury -- set Cammalleri up in close, but he couldn't get the puck around Ersberg in the crease late in the first.

Neither could Craig Conroy, who took a long pass from the Flames zone and broke in alone on the 26-year-old Swede but was denied by a quick swat of the glove.

Rene Bourque didn't miss, making it 2-0 with a minute-and-a-half to play in the opening period. Scooting through the neutral zone and driving wide down his off-wing, the lefty sniped a long shot to the far side over Ersberg's pad and under the blocker to delight the Saddledome fans.

Giving the Flames a stranglehold early in the second period, Iginla made it 3-0 with his seventh powerplay goal of the year.

Curtis Glencross, who finished with a career-high three points with a goal and two assists, made it 4-0 and ended Ersberg's evening at the midway mark.

Alexander Frolov spoiled Miikka Kiprusoff's bid for a third shutout of the season with a shorthanded goal early in the third, but on that same man-advantage, David Moss made good for the Flames' fifth goal.

Showing a killer instinct, Bourque's linemates Glencross and Conroy set him up for his second of the night to send fans streaming to the exits.

"I was excited to play with both of them," said Bourque. "I know Connie and Glennie were ready to go. They both work hard and are smart players. I was looking forward to it."

Anze Kopitar backhanded a rebound past Kiprusoff in the final minute to round out the scoring.


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