Given the way the Kings stumbled into the NHL's Olympic break — with the league's worst record over the final 10 games — it was clear they had to set a different tone coming of out of it.

And it took them less than 24 hours to do that, with goals by Dustin Brown and Dwight King giving them a 2-0 victory over the Calgary Flames on Thursday, completing a sweep of a quick two-night, two-nation trip they hope will provide a springboard to their fifth straight playoff appearance.

“It's that point of the year where everyone's tight in the standings and we've got to get wins,” said goalie Jonathan Quick, who made 25 saves en route to his 29th career shutout and fourth this season.

“[But] I don't know about making a statement. I don't know what that means. We're trying to win hockey games like everyone else in the league.”

A night after winning a 10-goal shootout in Denver, the Kings needed just one goal to beat Calgary and they didn't wait long to get it, with Brown scoring on the team's second shot of the night, jumping a lazy pass between defenseman Chris Butler and Kris Russell, then skating in alone on rookie goalie Joni Ortio and backhanding the puck in just three minutes after the opening faceoff.

The goal, Brown's 11th of the season, tied him with Anze Kopitar for ninth on the Kings' all-time list with 192. Kopitar had briefly held that spot alone after scoring twice Wednesday.

Quick then spent the next 57 minutes making that score stand up.

He almost got an insurance goal in the opening seconds of the third period on a backhanded wrist shot from Slava Voynov from just outside the crease. But Ortio, who played well in his NHL debut, snapped the puck out of the air with his glove.

Less than three minutes later the Kings were back on the doorstep, with Ortio denying King at first. But King kept hacking at the puck and was eventually rewarded with his 12th goal.