LOS ANGELES - The rematch carried much less hype.
Darryl Sutter wasn't backed against a wall and answering questions for dozens of Calgary based reporters.
In fact, the Los Angeles Kings coach wasn't at the Staples Center at all until just before the game -- the Kings hold their morning skates at the Toyota Center in El Segundo.
Brother Brent of the Calgary Flames, meanwhile, answered questions about the return of Matt Stajan, the idea of possibly playing seven defencemen for a second straight game, and the Taylor Hall incident.
The Sutter versus Sutter angle has already fizzled.
But that didn't make Thursday night's battle in L.A. any less important to either team, the Flames looking to improve their lot in the Western Conference standings, the Kings hoping to increase their lead over the Flames.
They both earned points, but it was Brent Sutter's Flames who claimed the extra one for the 2-1 shootout victory in typical Sutter vs. Sutter muck-it-up, grind-it-out fashion featuring two spectacular goaltenders -- evening the brother battle at one apiece so far this season.
"Both teams were battling hard, playing physical and competing. It's probably what we've got to look forward to when we play each other for the next little bit," said Flames captain Jarome Iginla, who scored his team's only goal in regulation to tie things up on a powerplay in the second period.
Olli Jokinen and Michael Cammalleri scored on Jonathan Quick in the shootout for the Flames. Justin Williams was the lone King to beat Miikka Kiprusoff, who rebounded from a Dustin Brown goal just 3:28 into the game to lock up the win.
It felt even sweeter after losing a shootout to the Sharks in San Jose just two nights earlier.
"When you win, it's like everything was perfect," laughed Iginla. "What a game.
"When you lose -- just like that, it's like a coin toss -- you feel like, man, there's so many things you can improve on."
The victory snapped a six-game losing streak on the road, although they did earn points in two of them, and gives the Flames confidence heading into Saturday's Battle of Alberta in Edmonton.
"It feels good, especially against L.A., a team we're chasing and a team that's played really well lately," winger Blake Comeau said of the win.
"It definitely feels good to get a shootout win after last game's loss in a shootout.
"We created some good chances for ourselves."
Quick was up to the challenge, stopping 24 of 25 shots through 65 minutes.
Kiprusoff was even better, rejecting 31 of 32 shots, including a golden opportunity for the Kings to win it in overtime before the netminder reached back and scooped the puck off the goal-line with his stick.
"Two good goalies. Kipper, he played unreal again," said defenceman T.J. Brodie. "He made some big saves, especially that one in overtime."
Darryl Sutter probably expected as much from the netminders.
"You have two of the top, arguably four, five or six goaltenders in the league tonight," he said. "We had three empty nets in overtime, and when you have those types of guys in net, it's about the second or third bear-down opportunities, and we had the opportunities."
Brent's goalie just made that one extra stop.
"Kipper stood tall, and we were able to find a way. That's what you need to do," Brent Sutter said.
"It was a game where you had to get into the trenches and really compete and both teams did that."
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