Kings 1, Flyers 0
The Los Angeles Kings’ streaky season is on an uptick.
Jonathan Quick stopped 40 shots, Drew Doughty scored and the
Kings beat the Eastern Conference-leading Flyers 1-0 on Sunday for
their first regulation win in Philadelphia in nearly 18 years.
Los Angeles moved to 4-0-2 on its current 10-game road trip,
which continues through Columbus, both New York teams and Anaheim
through Feb. 23. It also snapped the Flyers’ three-game winning
Mike Richards’ turnover behind the net led to Doughty’s goal.
The defenseman fired a one-timer from the top of the slot past
rookie goalie Sergei Bobrovsky. Anze Kopitar assisted, his 19th
point in the last 23 games.
The Kings had a chance to go up 2-0 minutes later, but Bobrovsky
did the splits to deny Wayne Simmonds on the right side. Bobrovsky
stopped 24 shots.
”Up and down, up and down, up and down,” Kopitar said. ”We’re
on the up slope again. It feels way better than the down slope. We
just want to stay here and keep going like that.”
The Kings have been on an impressive roller-coaster ride. They
started the season 12-3, then lost seven of eight. They recovered
to win nine of 12, then dropped 10 of 12. Now, they have won seven
of nine thanks to a big effort from a well-rested Quick.
Los Angeles’ starting goalie watched backup Jonathan Bernier
shut down the Washington Capitals 4-1 on Saturday night. He looked
sharp in Sunday’s matinee, covering up a loose puck with 8:28 left
after Danny Briere fanned on Jeff Carter’s pass to the goal
Flyers defenseman Chris Pronger also hit the post with a shot in
the first period.
”They create a lot of stuff in front,” Quick said of the
Flyers’ high-powered offense. ”They’re a good team that scores a
lot of goals, and that’s one of the ways they go about it. As a
team, we were prepared for that and everything worked out.”
The Flyers had a big chance to tie it during a 20-second 5-on-3
advantage in the second, but couldn’t break through. They went 0
for 4 overall with an advantage.
”The (penalty) killers did a great job,” Kopitar said.
”Quickie made some huge stops in the second period. It wasn’t a
long 5-on-3, but winning the draws and clearing the puck frustrates
them and frustrates the crowd. They started booing them and that’s
where we sensed that we really were going to shut them down. It
just kept going like that.”
It has to keep going like that if the Kings are going to reach
the postseason. The victory pushed Los Angeles past idle Calgary
and into ninth place in the tight Western Conference with 65
”There was a big dig in today,” said Los Angeles coach Terry
Murray, who coached the Flyers to a Stanley Cup in 1997. ”That’s a
very hard game when you’re coming off a game yesterday against a
high-powered Washington team, then facing the same against a better
team. Our goaltending was outstanding. There were a lot of plays
happening from behind the net, quick bang-bang plays that require
incredible focus and concentration. He was right on top of
Doughty’s goal came 17 seconds into the second period.
”(Simmonds) went in there with some speed, and they tried to
reverse it,” Kopitar said. ”I was in there and saw Drew going
right down the middle, so I figured I’d slide it to him and he
Quick took it from there, helping the Kings improve to 18-0 when
leading after two periods and recording his sixth shutout of the
season, tying him for third in the league with Montreal’s Carey
”I think we got close to 20 quality chances, but couldn’t solve
the goaltender,” Flyers coach Peter Laviolette said. ”It was
tight out there, and I think it will be the rest of the way. The
goaltender deserves credit, he played a heck of a game.”
Despite outshooting the Kings 40-25, the Flyers were shut out
for the fifth time this season. They also were blanked in Tampa Bay
on Feb. 1, which was also their last defeat before Sunday.
NOTES: It was Los Angeles’ first regulation win in Philadelphia
since April 1, 1993. That game was replayed in its entirety after
blizzard conditions shattered a pane of glass on the Philadelphia
Spectrum concourse after the first period on the originally
scheduled date of March 13, 1993. The Kings won the replay 3-1. …
The Flyers are 82-37-15-2 all-time vs. Los Angeles. … Kopitar
played in his 312th consecutive game.