Brian Smith | PhiladelphiaFlyers.com
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The Flyers put on a significant third-period push and cut a 2-0 deficit in half, but couldn’t get a second puck past Jonathan Quick in a 2-1 defeat to the Kings. Los Angeles got first-period goals from Dwight King and Drew Doughty, the latter on a power play, and held a 24-14 shot advantage after two periods. The Flyers then outshot LA 16-8 in the third period and picked up a power play goal from Brayden Schenn 7:50 into the frame, but Quick stood firm the rest of the way, including an especially furious Flyers attack in the game’s final minutes. He ended up with 29 saves, while Michal Neuvirth stopped 30 of 32 Kings shots.
The Flyers were banging hard on the Kings’ door in the final minute of regulation, having pulled Neuvirth in favor of sending out Mark Streit as an extra attacker. The Flyers won a draw and moved the puck around the point to Claude Giroux on the top of the left circle, who blasted a one-timer on goal with Wayne Smimonds looking for a deflection on the doorstep and Doughty providing a partial screen. But Simmonds couldn’t quite get a stick on it and Quick saw enough of it to snare it with his outstretched glove, snuffing out the final high-quality chance the Flyers had of many in the last couple minutes.
1ST – Jonathan Quick: Stopped more shots (15) in the third period than he faced (14) in the first two periods. He anchored Los Angeles as it withstood a great deal of pressure from the Flyers in the game’s final minutes.
2ND – Brayden McNabb: His 20:28 of ice time included 3:23 of penalty killing duty, which was the second-most on the team.
3RD – Jake Voracek: Picked up an assist while recording five shots and seven total shot attempts in 22:13 of ice time, his second-highest minutes played this season.
Brayden Schenn scored his second career goal in six games against his former team. He led the Flyers with six hits and had five total shot attempts – two on goal and three that missed… Also going against his former team, Wayne Simmonds set up Schenn’s goal and played a career high 23:13. He recorded two shots on goal and six total attempts… Claude Giroux and Jake Voracek combined for 11 of the Flyers’ 30 shots – six from Giroux (eight total attempts) and five from Voracek (seven total attempts). The Flyers had 56 total shot attempts to 55 for Los Angeles… Sean Couturier went 12-for-16 (75 percent) on faceoffs.
“When you’re playing a good team like that you can’t take two periods off and expect to win a hockey game. We made a push there in the third, but we need to play 60 minutes. Obviously tonight we didn’t.”
“I don’t think, at least on a consistent basis, we regained our edge, for the most part, until tonight. Even tonight we spotted the first goal with a turnover on that shift. I guess overall, looking back on the whole trip, tonight was our best push in terms of playing with a consistent edge.” (Dave Hakstol)