Quick turns aside 40 shots to shut out Flyers
Tuesday, 08.16.2011 / 5:06 AM
Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing EditorPHILADELPHIA
-- Los Angeles Kings
goaltender Jonathan Quick
watched back-up Jonathan Bernier
shut down the Washington Capitals on Saturday, and then went out and did him one better Sunday at the Wells Fargo Center.
Quick turned aside all 40 shots the Philadelphia Flyers
threw at him and Drew Doughty
scored the game's only goal in a 1-0 victory, the Kings' second straight and third in their last four games. It was Quick's sixth shutout of the season, one off the career-best seven he had last season.
Even more impressive was it came 24 hours after they beat the Capitals in Washington, 4-1, to improve to 4-0-2 on their current 10-game road trip.
"This was a big confidence-builder for us right now," Kings defenseman Rob Scuderi
told NHL.com. "The last two or three weeks we've been playing good hockey. At first we weren't winning, and now that we are, it's just a big confidence booster at the right time, because we flat-out need the points."
The two they got Sunday pushed them past idle Calgary and into ninth place with 65 points. That's the same as eighth-place Minnesota, but the Wild have played one fewer game, giving them a better points percentage.
The Kings' 17 road wins are tied for second-most in the Western Conference, and coach Terry Murray was asked if he was "amazed" by his team's success away from home.
"You make it amazing through the kind of commitment to hard work and doing things right with system and structure," he said. "There was a big dig-in today. That's a very hard game when you're coming off a game (Saturday) against a high-powered Washington team and facing a better team than Washington."
It also helps when you get the kind of goaltending Quick provided. The Flyers out-shot the Kings 40-25, but both teams know Quick stole one Sunday.
"He was our MVP," said Scuderi. "I don't think there's any ifs ands or buts about it. He was outstanding, saw the puck well all night, didn't give them maybe two or three rebounds that were right in front that he was all over. He saw the puck well all night, he was talking -- he absolutely was on top of his game."
"Their goaltender played extremely well," said Flyers captain Mike Richards
. "Both goaltenders did, actually. The one that went off (Flyers goalie Sergei Bobrovsky
) went off my skate. He (Bernier) played well. You're going to have games like that. It's unfortunate but it happened."
Quick said his motivation for this one wasn't to match Bernier's 22-save effort Saturday against Washington.
"That's not the motivation," he said. "As teammates we're trying to win games for our team. That's all the motivation is."
It was the Kings' first win in Philadelphia since March 23, 2000, when they earned a 3-2 overtime victory. They hadn't won in regulation in Philadelphia since April 1, 1993, when the Flyers played at the Spectrum.
The latter was a game replayed in its entirety after blizzard conditions shattered a pane of glass on the Spectrum concourse after the first period on the originally-scheduled date of March 13, 1993. The Kings won the replay, 3-1.
The loss snaps a three-game winning streak for the Eastern Conference-leading Flyers. Bobrovsky was strong in goal for the Flyers, stopping 24 of 25 shots.
Despite the Flyers' recent string of success, coach Peter Laviolette changed his lines for this one, starting Claude Giroux
at center between two other regular centers, Richards and Jeff Carter. He shifted Andreas Nodl
to center between James van Riemsdyk
and Daniel Carcillo. It was the first time Nodl had played center since his junior-hockey days. With the changes the Flyers out-shot the Kings 40-25, but didn't produce on the scoreboard.
"We haven't generated as many chances as I'd like," said Laviolette. "Although it wasn't a long-term plan, it was more to give it a different look and a different feel. I think it was just trying to attack more offensively. I think we probably got close to 20 quality chances tonight but couldn't solve their goaltender."
The game's lone goal came 17 seconds into the second period. Richards went back to play a Kings dump-in but under pressure from Kings forward Wayne Simmonds
, he turned the puck over behind his net. The puck hopped over Kimmo Timonen
's stick and went to Anze Kopitar
, who fed a pinching Doughty for a one-timer the defenseman wired past Bobrovsky.
The goal was Doughty's seventh of the season.
"Simmer went in there with some speed and they tried to reverse it and fortunately I was there," said Kopitar. "I saw Drew going right down the middle so I figured I'd slide it to him and he one-timed it. Fortunately for us it went in."
Moments later Simmonds had a chance to put the Kings ahead 2-0, but Bobrovsky did the splits to make a spectacular right-pad save at 3:40 of the period.
The Flyers had numerous chances to tie the game, including a 20-second 5-on-3 advantage in the second period, but they failed to cash in. In all, the Flyers went 0-for-4 with the man-advantage, and generated just two shots on goal.
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