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LOS ANGELES -- Calgary center Blair Jones scored a short-handed goal in the second period and winger Mike Cammalleri scored in the final minute of the third as the Flames edged the Los Angeles Kings 2-1 on Saturday night.

Cammalleri's game winner came with 23 seconds left in regulation when he backhanded a rebound of center Mikael Backlund shot. The goal gave Calgary (9-13-4) its second win in two attempts at Staples Center this season.

Flames goaltender Karri Ramo made 21 saves, while his counterpart, Kings netminder Ben Scrivens, stopped 18 shots for Los Angeles, which dropped to 16-7-4 and had its streak of earning points in 11 straight games snapped.

The game's first turning point came when Calgary defenseman Ladislav Smid boarded Kings winger Dwight King with 5:34 remaining in the second period. The hit was ruled a major penalty along with a game misconduct and gave Los Angeles a five-minute man advantage. During the power play, Kings Scrivens misplayed a Calgary icing attempt behind the net and Flames center Paul Byron fed Jones for the game's first goal, a shorty at 15:50 of the middle frame with defenseman TJ Brodie getting the additional assist.

Los Angeles kept applying pressure through the third period and evened the score when winger Justin Williams wrist shot eluded Ramo at 15:17 of the final period. The shot beat Ramo to his right and quickly came out of the net. After a review, the goal stood and was Williams' 200th NHL career marker. Center Anze Kopitar earned his 500th career point with a secondary assist.

The Kings got an additional chance to even the score late in the second period when Flames' defenseman Sean O'Brien elbowed Williams with 34 seconds left in the second period. Los Angeles couldn't find their rhythm on their third power play of the game and failed to get a shot on Ramo.

After a scoreless first period, Calgary failed to capitalize on a 5-on-3 advantage after Los Angeles center Jarret Stoll and winger Dustin Brown took consecutive penalties. The Flames only managed one shot at Scrivens despite being up two men for 1:19.

Los Angeles' penalty kill prowess kept the game even through 30 minutes, killing off another minor penalty to Brown. It marked the 35th time they held a team off the board in the last 37 power play opportunities against them.

NOTES: D Christopher Breen and LW Sven Baertschi did not dress for Calgary. ... The Flames hadn't won back to back games since Oct. 9-11 home victories against the Montreal Canadiens and New Jersey Devils. ... Calgary's two-game California trip is the annual Dad's trip, with 36 fathers of players and staff accompanying the team to Anaheim and Los Angeles. ... The Kings will be road warriors in December. They will play eight games away from the Staples Center, the most in any month this season. ... With his next goal, LW Dustin Brown will tie former Kings RW Jim Fox for ninth overall in goals scored for the franchise. ... RW Matt Frattin, LW Tanner Pearson and C Colin Fraser were scratches for Los Angeles.
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