Kings burn Flames with 4-3 win

INGLEWOOD, Calif. -- The Los Angeles Kings stopped playing around with the puck in the third period and started shooting it - and were pleased with the result.

Vladimir Tsyplakov scored the tying and go-ahead goals 81 seconds apart in the final two minutes of the third period Tuesday night, leading Los Angeles over the Calgary Flames 4-3.

Tsyplakov's winning goal with 16 seconds left gave the Kings their first victory in eight games at home against Calgary.

Luc Robitaille and Rob Blake scored 37 seconds apart to start the Kings' four-goal burst in the final period. Jozef Stumpel had three assists as Los Angeles overcame deficits of 2-0 and 3-2.

"We were more aggressive in the third period and a little less fancy," Kings coach Larry Robinson said after his team tied a season best with its third consecutive victory.

"We started getting the puck and shooting it more. We were getting more shots from in front with rebounds. It just goes to show you what you can do when you shoot the puck," he said.

Erik Andersson's first NHL goal put the Flames ahead 3-2 with 6:38 left in the third period. German Titov scored twice for Calgary.

"We didn't do a good job on faceoffs tonight," Calgary coach Brian Sutter said after his team's third straight loss. "It's a game of inches, and the faceoffs cost us. We skated hard and checked hard for the second straight game, but the end result was the same."

Tsyplakov, who had only two goals in his previous 15 games, beat Calgary rookie goaltender Tyler Moss for the tying goal with 1:37 remaining. He then converted a rebound of Craig Johnson's shot for his 13th goal and the game-winner.

Moss stopped the first 21 shots he faced and was holding a 2-0 lead when the Kings began to rally. Ian Laperriere's pass from the left boards glanced off Robitaille's stick at the edge of the crease and between the 22-year-old goaltender's pads with 16:40 to play.

Moss made 33 saves in his first start since Nov. 7, after Dwayne Roloson surrendered five goals in each of Calgary's previous two games. The 22-year-old Moss was recalled on Monday from the minors to replace No. 1 goalie Rick Tabaracci, who played almost the entire third period of last Friday's tie against St. Louis with a slightly dislocated left shoulder.

"I thought we came out well the first seven or eight minutes. But when they scored the power-play goal, we threw our system out," Robinson said. "Instead of sticking to our game plan and waiting for our goals, we tried to get the goals back right away and we gave up more chances that way."


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