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Former Kings prospect lifts Philadelphia in OT

by Alex Kinkopf / Los Angeles Kings

– An old Flyer may have scored the game-tying goal for the Kings, but a former King struck for a Philadelphia win.

Out for just their second road game of the season, the Kings fell short in picking up their seventh straight win, falling 3-2 in overtime to the Philadelphia Flyers Tuesday night at the Wells Fargo Center.

For the Kings, it’s not quite the start they had hoped for as they begin a five-game road swing on the East Coast, but they were able to pocket a point in the standings without surrendering any to a Western Conference counterpart.

Coming into the night shorthanded, the Kings were without Anze Kopitar, who suffered an undisclosed upper-body injury on Sunday. Marian Gaborik and Trevor Lewis remain sidelined, giving the Kings only 19 players to dress Tuesday night in Philadelphia.

Based on how Philadelphia started the game, having total control of the first period, the Kings responded and recovered quite well. The Flyers registered 20 shots in the first period, the most they’ve recorded in a single period all season, and it’s the most the Kings have allowed in a single period all season.

During their first period flurry, Philadelphia struck for two goals, as Michael Raffl and Chris VandeVelde each beat Jonathan Quick to put the Flyers on the board early.

In between Philadelphia’s two first period goals, came a little shorthanded magic off the stick of Tyler Toffoli.

On Philadelphia’s second power play of the evening midway through the first period, the Flyers’ Michael Del Zotto mishandled a pass atop the point, and Toffoli jumped on it, cruising in alone on a breakaway, beating Ray Emery high to the right side.

Toffoli’s goal, his fifth of the season, momentarily tied the game for the Kings, and extended his point streak to four games (3G, 5A).

The second period saw the Kings play their best hockey of the night, but they were unable to chip away at the Flyers’ 2-1 lead. They did, though, halt Philadelphia’s high-rolling attack they showed in the opening 20 minutes.

The Kings tied the game just over five minutes into the third period when Mike Richards chipped home his first goal of the season, tying the game 2-2 in his third game back in Philadelphia since being traded by the Flyers in June of 2012.

Richards keyed in on a loose rebound in front of Philadelphia’s net after Drew Doughty misfired, and snuck the puck low and to the left side past Ray Emery.

With no more scoring from either side in regulation, the game extended to overtime – the third such game to extend to extra time for the Kings this season.

Just over halfway into overtime, Jake Muzzin coughed up the puck atop the Kings’ zone, and Philadelphia’s Brayden Schenn skated in on Jonathan Quick alone, clinching the win for the Flyers, beating Quick with a low wrist shot.

Schenn’s goal was questioned and reviewed, as goaltender interference seemed to have possibly initiated the momentum for both Quick and the puck to enter the net.

“I don’t know the exact ruling on that because they seem to change it every year,” Quick said of the review process following the loss. “But usually you’re not allowed to push the goalie into the net, so I don’t know. Maybe they changed it again on us.”

With the OT loss, the Kings point streak stays intact; they have now earned a point in their past eight games.

Drew Doughty, Mike Richards, Kyle Clifford, and Tyler Toffoli led the team in points (1), Dustin Brown and Kyle Clifford in shots (5), Robyn Regehr in hits (6), Jake Muzzin in blocked shots (4), and Drew Doughty in minutes played (29:30).

The Kings, now with a 6-1-2 record, will remain in Pennsylvania, but carry on to Pittsburgh to take on the Penguins Thursday night at the Consol Energy Center in what is the second game of their five game trip. The puck is slated to drop at 4:00PM PT Thursday in Pittsburgh.

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