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PK more than A-OK in L.A.

STEVE MACFARLANE, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 11:01 AM ET

LOS ANGELES -- After their poorest performance of the season, the Calgary Flames penalty killers were eager to make amends for the four powerplay goals they allowed the Chicago Blackhawks to score Thursday in Calgary.

But they weren't about to watch what they did wrong to get ready for the Los Angeles Kings' man-advantages in yesterday's matinee.

"We didn't want to watch the Chicago game," Flames defenceman Robyn Regehr said after his team's 5-2 victory over the Kings at the Staples Center that saw them go a perfect three-for-three on the kill.

"We talked about it before the game," Regehr continued. "We went over L.A.'s powerplay. We knew that they have some really good one-time shooters in (Drew) Doughty and (Jarret) Stoll. They're the most dangerous guys. You don't want to give up those type of shots."

Dangerous is a good way to describe the Flames PK unit yesterday.

Daymond Langkow got the game-winning goal while shorthanded thanks to some strong work by him and Curtis Glencross deep in Kings territory during a third-period penalty kill.

"I heard Glennie come behind me yelling for it," said Langkow, who first got the puck deep then looped out before seeing Glencross prepare to make a play with it firmly in his possession.

"He made a great backhand pass there, right on my tape."

Including Jarome Iginla, who was cheering from the penalty box when the game-winner was scored, plenty of Flames were happy about the play.

"That's obviously a huge goal," said Flames head coach Brent Sutter. "You do a great job of killing penalties, and then you score a shorthanded goal in a 2-2 hockey game, it's huge."

The difference between Thursday's effort in the 7-1 thrashing at the hands of the Hawks and yesterday's against the Kings was obvious.

Blocking shots and being tenacious on the puck, the Flames penalty killers were constantly on the move.

"We were trying to be much more aggressive," Regehr said.

"You can't be aggressive all the time. You've got to make sure the puck is along the wall, the guys are bobbling it, or they have their back turned to you.

"The important thing is once the first guy starts to make that move, everyone has to be aggressive. You can't leave that guy out there hung out to dry.

"I thought the guys did a pretty good job. We bounced back -- and we needed to."

STEVE.MACFARLANE@SUNMEDIA.CA

DAYMOND LANGKOW, CGY

Netted the winner during a third-period penalty kill with captain Iginla in the box.

DREW DOUGHTY, LA

A goal and an assist from the 19-year-old d-man who is on Team Canada's radar.


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