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Brown, Quick lift Kings over Flames 2-0

Published on NewsOK Modified: February 28, 2014 at 1:01 am •  Published: February 28, 2014
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CALGARY, Alberta (AP) — On a night when Calgary honored Canadian Olympians in a pregame ceremony, a pair of Team USA players were the big stars.

Dustin Brown had a goal and an assist and Jonathan Quick made 25 saves as the Los Angeles Kings made it back-to-back wins Thursday night with a 2-0 victory over the Calgary Flames. Brown and Quick were part of the U.S. Olympic team that lost the bronze medal hockey game to Finland.

"They had a good Olympics, too," Kings coach Darryl Sutter said. "They make a big deal of it in the (United) States because they don't win a medal, but these guys all got to go and represent their country and the way they did it, especially our guys, they did an awesome job so they came back in a good frame of mind."

Quick was steady all night in earning his third shutout of the season and 29th of his career. He was especially sharp through the opening 40 minutes as Calgary built a 23-13 edge in shots, but trailed 1-0.

"The first star of the game was Jonathan, no doubt about it," said former Flames defenseman Robyn Regehr. "He was very solid, even though we were on our heels a little bit. He made the saves that we really needed him too."

After scoring the first goal three minutes into the game, Brown helped the Kings get an important insurance goal, setting up Dwight King in front of the net 3:30 into the third period. King neatly slipped away from Flames defenseman Mark Giordano and was set up at the top of the crease by Brown.

Brown opened the scoring three minutes into the game, then helped the Kings get an important insurance goal, setting up Dwight King 3:30 into the third period. In the final 20 minutes, the Kings got back to their usual stifling defense, outshooting the Flames 11-2 to secure the victory.

"It was a great, great third period, exactly what we were looking for," said Quick, who improved to 17-13-2. "It was a solid, road period where you don't give up much and you make them work to gain zones. And scoring a goal at the beginning of the period was huge to give us a little bit more of a gap."

Los Angeles (33-22-6) has won three in a row, including its first two games after the Olympic break. They opened their short two-game road trip with a 6-4 victory in Colorado on Wednesday night. In third place in the Pacific Division, the victory increased the Kings' lead over the Vancouver Canucks to seven points.

Calgary (22-30-7), which went into the break on a 6-1-1 tear, lost for the first time at home in six weeks. The Flames had won their last five games at the Scotiabank Saddledome.

"First two periods, I definitely thought we were the better team," said Flames captain Mark Giordano, while adding that Quick was the difference. "He made some great saves. He fought through some screens and tips. There's nothing you can do. He was playing well, our guys were going to the net, our guys were fighting. But we couldn't find a way to get that one."

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