1. HERE'S WHAT HAPPENED
The Flyers had five power plays and 17 third period shots, but could not solve Jonathan Quick and fell 2-0 to the Kings in their season opening game at the Staples Center.
The game was scoreless until Trevor Lewis put one home 6:16 into the second period, and the one-goal advantage was all the Kings had until Tyler Toffoli added an insurance marker with 2:21 to play in the contest.
Quick earned the shutout with 35 saves, while Michal Neuvirth turned away 25 of 27 shots.
2. TURNING POINT
Jeff Carter took a chipped puck in the neutral zone and fed Tyler Toffoli, who roofed a redirect top shelf from in close on Michal Neuvirth… That goal proved to be the difference in the hockey game as it gave the Kings a two goal lead, which seemed insurmountable as the Flyers ran into a night when Jonathan Quick was on top of his game.
3. THREE STARS
1. Jonathan Quick: Posted his 45th career shutout, which was the fifth shutout in Kings home opener history, and first since 1996-97.
2. Scott Laughton: Led the Flyers with five shots on 12:46 of ice time.
3. Trevor Lewis: Scored the first goal of the Kings season, which turned out to be the game-winning goal, which was also the 14th of his career.
4. STATS & STORYLINES
Another Debut: Travis Sanheim made his NHL debut, playing 10:58 and recording two shots on goal while playing alongside Radko Gudas… He received a four minute double minor for high sticking which the Flyers killed off.
Fourth Line Impressive: Scott Laughton led the Flyers with five shots on goal and led the Flyers penalty-killing efforts, while linemate Taylor Leier had three shots on goal, including a high grade scoring chance middle of the first period.
Neuvirth Sharp: Even though the shots were in favor of the Flyers, Neuvirth was tested early and often as the Kings mounted pressure with several scoring chances and an early power play… And then there was the other-worldly save by Neuvirth on Kopitar with 1:19 left in the third.Video: PHI@LAK: Neuvirth robs Kopitar with a fantastic save
Shots Shots Shots: Every skater on the Flyers recorded at least one shot on goal in the game… The Flyers fired 35 shots on Quick, including 17 in the third period to outshoot LA 35-27.
Coming up empty: The Flyers were held without a goal by Los Angeles for the second consecutive meeting between the clubs - LA won a 1-0 overtime decision in Philadelphia back in February of last season, with Peter Budaj recording the shutout.
5. THEY SAID IT
"I thought we generated more tonight than we did last night, for sure 5-on-5, but we couldn't find a way to put one in the back of the net. The goaltender played well. There's always some things that we can do better."
- Dave Hakstol
"I kind of wish the game could have kept going on, and could go right into my next one because I started to feel more comfortable and start playing my game."
- Travis Sanheim