Kings goalie Scrivens suffers rare burn by Flames

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By Mark Lamport-Stokes

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Very little has gone wrong for red-hot Ben Scrivens since he took over as the Los Angeles Kings goaltender three weeks ago but he would like to forget Saturday's game against the Calgary Flames as soon as possible.

Though Scrivens is joint top in the league's goalie standings with a .944 save percentage and three shutouts, he suffered two bad moments in front of a sellout crowd at Staples Center as the Kings lost 2-1 to the Calgary Flames.

Late in the second period, Scrivens fell while chasing a puck to his left and Calgary center Blair Jones took full advantage, scoring with a wrist shot for a short-handed goal during a five-minute penalty kill to put his team 1-0 up.

After Kings right winger Justin Williams had tied things up in the third, the Flames clinched victory with just 23 seconds to go when left wing Mike Cammalleri beat Scrivens with a backhand shot from the edge of the crease.

"We left it too late and unfortunately I couldn't come up with a save at the end there," a chastened Scrivens told reporters after saving 18 of 20 shots while watched by more than 18,000 fans, including Hollywood actor Tom Hanks.

Asked to explain his embarrassing spill that allowed the Flames to open the scoring, Scrivens replied: "That stuff happens. It's a game on ice.

"I got an edge and they were fortunate enough to capitalize on it. I was trying to get out there, play pucks and help the D (defensemen ) men out.

"That was my plan going out and (I) had an unfortunate break to catch an edge. Ninety percent of the time that doesn't really do anything but this time it unfortunately might have cost us the game."   Continued...

Nov 30, 2013; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Calgary Flames left wing Mike Cammalleri (13) scores the game winning goal past Los Angeles Kings goalie Ben Scrivens (54) in the third period of the game at Staples Center. Flames won 2-1. Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports