LIGHTNING DALLAS — The Calgary Flames goaltender Ryan Miller didn’t have to wait long to score the game-winning goal in Game 3 of the Western Conference finals on Wednesday night.

Miller’s shorthanded goal with 2:18 left in regulation ended the series and sent Calgary into the conference finals for the first time since 1997.

“I knew I had to get it in, but that’s how it goes,” Miller said after the Flames defeated the Los Angeles Kings 3-2 in Game 2.

“The way they went down the stretch, that was just what I needed.

They did a good job with the forecheck.

I knew I was going to have to get the puck out there and they did a great job with that.”

Miller’s first goal in the finals came in Game 1 when he stopped 29 shots in the series-clinching victory in L.A.

The 26-year-old Miller had just 11 shots on goal in his first two games before getting a big assist from fellow rookie goalie Nikita Zadorov with 5:28 left in the second period.

“He did a lot of good things, he was on a roll,” Flames coach Bob Hartley said.

“His ability to create his own chances and put them in the net was impressive.”

Miller finished with eight saves in the victory.

In Game 2, he stopped 21 shots in a 2-1 win, stopping all five shots he faced to make 36 saves.

The Flames were down 2-0 midway through the third period when Miller was called for interference on L.E. Jones.

He later made it 2-2 with his eighth goal of the series.

“It’s definitely nice to get that win,” Miller added.

“It was just a great game, and it was just an extra-special game.”

Jones was the Flames second-leading scorer in Game 6 when he tallied one goal and an assist.

The 25-year old is 2-3-0 in his postseason career.NOTES: Flames goalie Brian Elliott also had an assist in Game 4, making 30 saves in a 5-4 victory.

Flames captain Jarome Iginla had nine assists and a plus-seven rating in his playoff career.

The Kings won their second straight game.