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Kings had a hand in helping Flames get out of a slump
Kings had a hand in helping Flames get out of a slump

The Calgary Flames' season was hanging by a thread when they faced the Kings at Staples Center on Dec. 22. After a strong start, the Flames had fallen into an 0-7-1 slump, the kind of frustration that challenges players' character, belief and patience. Then three points behind the Kings in the West, the Flames could have fallen apart. Instead, led by team captain Mark Giordano and an energetic corps of forwards, they stuck together and rallied for a 4-3 overtime victory, changing the course of their season. The Flames led the Kings for the final wild card playoff spot before the teams met again Monday and Calgary stayed ahead by rallying for a 2-1 overtime victory. “The...

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