“Goaltending call-up Jon Gillies earned the win in his big-league debut and a couple of usual scratches — defenceman Dennis Wideman and forward Freddie Hamilton — scored key goals as the Calgary Flames continued to tune up for the spring dance with a 4-1 victory over the Los Angeles Kings at Staples Center.”
“It was also a much-needed win, as the Flames had dropped three of four coming in, including fight-filled losses to the Kings and Ducks.
The Flames can now assure themselves a first-round matchup against the top team in the Pacific Division with a win against San Jose or a Nashville loss at Winnipeg on Saturday.”
SB Nation – Matchsticks & Gasoline
“The third period was again evenly matched as both sides traded zone time and shots at each other. Not much to report as the Flames comfortably held on to their 4-1 lead. Los Angeles Kings defenceman Derek Forbort took a late penalty which gave the Flames powerplay time for the last minute of the game. There were chances for a 5th goal, but none materialized.”
“But it was hard to be displeased with their fourth line last night… The Flames were put in a position in which they were able to roll all four lines, and the fourth line benefited from that ice time, creating a goal. The forward-playing Hamilton has doubled his career goal output this season now thanks to his 3-1 tally, while Curtis Lazar helped make his little three-game Flames statline look a little better.”