Champion Kings KO Flames
WES GILBERTSON, QMI Agency
|Joey MacDonald and the Calgary Flames were wiped out by Trevor Lewis and the L.A. Kings last night at the Saddledome. (Jim Wells/QMI Agency)
CALGARY - One squad is stricken with the so-called Stanley Cup hangover.
And the excuse for the other?
The Calgary Flames apparently have a recurring case of boo-like symptoms on home ice, diagnosed once again in Wednesday's 3-1 loss to the Los Angeles Kings at the Saddledome.
The Flames fall to 5-7-3 on the season, and remain one of three NHL squads with just a pair of victories in their own building since the lockout was resolved.
The Kings, who have racked up a lot of Airmiles in the early stages of their title defence, have two wins in four skates at Staples Centre.
The New York Islanders have two in eight outings at Nassau Coliseum, no doubt building anticipation for their move to Brooklyn in 2015.
And the Flames?
Bob Hartley's bunch now has two wins in nine tries at the Saddledome.
Thanks to a couple of shootout losses, they've collected six of a possible 18 points on their home ice.