Los Angeles at Calgary

Kings' Brown provides offense, Quick shuts out Flames

CBSSports.com wire reports

CALGARY, Alberta -- 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 against the Calgary Flames. Brown and Quick were part of the U.S. Olympic team that lost the bronze-medal 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," former Flames defenseman Robyn Regehr said. "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 on 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 previous 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."

The story line for the Flames was the NHL debut of two of their top prospects. Making his NHL debut in net was Joni Ortio, who was called up from the Abbotsford Heat of the American Hockey League when fellow Finn Karri Ramo went down with a knee injury on Feb. 1. Ortio backed up Reto Berra for the final three games before the Olympic break. Ortio had 22 stops.

The 22-year-old had been playing excellent hockey with the Heat where he had compiled a 20-6-0 record with a 2.22 goals-against average and .926 save percentage.

"I felt good, but I can't be totally satisfied, of course," Ortio said, "because it's always my goal to beat the goalie at the other end and that didn't happen tonight."

In addition to Ortio, also making his NHL debut was 20-year-old Markus Granlund, Calgary's second-round pick in the 2011 draft.

Granlund logged 7:14 in ice time, centering the Flames' fourth line with Paul Byron and rugged Kevin Westgarth. In his limited time, the younger brother of Minnesota's Mikeal Granlund looked impressive registering two shots on goal. As a rookie in the AHL, he is tied for fourth in the league in goals with 23 in 50 games.

The Flames were playing their first game in 19 days and the rust showed early. On his second shift, defenseman steady Kris Russell bobbled the puck deep in his own end with it being promptly intercepted by Brown who darted to the net and stuffed a backhand behind Ortio.

"I think our mistakes got magnified tonight because their goalie didn't give up one," Giordano said.


Calgary D Chris Butler (lower body) left halfway through the second period. ... Injured Flames Brian McGrattan (upper body) and Curtis Glencross (ankle) are back practicing, but have not yet been cleared for contact. ... The Kings scratched assistant captain Matt Greene, Matt Frattin and Tanner Pearson. ... Former Flames D Robyn Regehr played against his former team for the first time since being traded June 25, 2011. Regehr played the second-most games in Flames history (826). ... Ortio is the youngest goaltender to start a game for the Flames since Jean-Sebastien Giguere on Feb. 12, 2000. ... Over 50 Canadian Olympians, including Calgary-born bobsled gold medalist Kaillie Humphries were honored before the game.

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Jonathan Quick denies Calgary's David Jones in the second period, during which he makes 15 of his 25 saves.  (USATSI)
Jonathan Quick denies Calgary's David Jones in the second period, during which he makes 15 of his 25 saves. (USATSI)
Los Angeles  (33-22-6) «1012
Calgary (22-30-7)0000
Three Stars
J. Quick

Saves: 25
Save Pct.: 1.000
D. Brown

Goals: 1
Assist(s): 1
M. Giordano

Goals: 0
Assist(s): 0

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Scoring Summary
03:00 - Dustin Brown (11), Backhand Shot, Unassisted.
03:30 - Dwight King (12), Wrist Shot. Assist: Brown, Muzzin
Penalty Summary
11:21Backlund, 2 min, Roughing
11:21Richards, 2 min, Roughing
14:30Doughty, 2 min, Delaying Game
18:00Nolan, 2 min, Cross Check
18:00Smid, 2 min, Roughing
18:00Nolan, 2 min, Roughing
18:00Nolan, 2 min, Cross Check
19:53Colborne, 2 min, Slashing
06:15Voynov, 2 min, Tripping
Shots On Goal
Jonathan Quick60:00250
Joni Ortio58:07222
Game Information
Attendance - 19289
Referees - Ghislain Hebert, Tom Kowal
Linesmen - Ryan Galloway, Steve Miller
Other Games
Chi 1 Final
Tor 4 Final
Colu 2 Final
NJ 5
Mon 6 Final
Pitt 5
SJ 7 Final
Phi 3
Det 6 Final
Ott 1
Wash 5 Final
Fla 4
Pho 2 Final
Wpg 3
TB 2 Final
Nash 3
Car 1 Final
Dal 4
Min 3 Final
Edm 0