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Cory Stillman and Jarome Iginla each had a goal and an assist and Valeri Bure scored on a breakaway as the Calgary Flames beat Los Angeles 4-1 Saturday night, dealing the Kings their fourth straight loss.

Denis Gauthier also scored to help extend the Flames' road unbeaten streak to five games (3-0-2) and give them three consecutive road wins for the first time since March 1996. They edged Colorado 2-1 prior to a seven-game homestand and then beat Vancouver 5-1 on Friday night.

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  • With assistant coaches Jay Leach, Rick Green and Don Edwards guiding the Kings for the second straight game and head coach Larry Robinson in Ontario for his mother's funeral, the Kings lost their 17th home game - one more than last season.

    Doug Bodger spoiled Fred Brathwaite's shutout bid just 24 seconds before the second intermission with his first goal in 48 games since joining the Kings last June in a trade with New Jersey. His one-timer from 10 feet away, on a pass from behind the net by Donald Audette, deflected off Brathwaite's glove and trickled over the goal line.

    Audette was serving a four-minute penalty for cutting Rene Corbet with a high stick when Calgary's Clarke Wilm caught Kings captain Rob Blake in the ear with his stick right off the faceoff at 3:50 of the third period. Blake sat out the rest of the game after receiving 17 minutes in penalties from referee Mick McGeough, including two minutes for instigating a fight with Wilm.

    Audette was still in the penalty box when Iginla scored his 23rd goal for a 4-1 lead with 15:37 remaining. The Flames ended a for-game losing streak at the Forum and captured the season series (2-1-1) for the 19th time in the last 21 years.

    Audette set up Ian Laperriere about 10 feet in front of the net less than three minutes after the opening faceoff, but Brathwaite robbed him with a stunning kick save. Seconds later, the puck was in the other net. Bure took a long lead pass from Stillman, got a step on defenseman Sean O'Donnell and opened the scoring with his 15th goal.

    The Kings fell behind 2-0 just five seconds after killing off a four-minute penalty to Russ Courtnall for drawing blood with a high stick to the face of Todd Simpson.

    Corbet took Iginla's pass from behind the net and fired a 30-foot slap shot that Kings forward Jozef Stumpel knocked down with his stick. But Stillman pounced on the loose puck and beat Stephane Fiset to the stick side at 13:36 of the period for his 21st goal.

    Gauthier made it 3-0 at 18:21 of the second period - just six seconds after coming out of the penalty box. Teammate Jeff Shantz cleared the puck out of the Calgary zone and the puck travelled about 60 feet right toward the Flames' rookie, who beat Fiset to the stick side with a 25-foot slap shot just inside the left post.

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