LOS ANGELES –
The Kings returned home from their road trip Saturday afternoon, and their winning results followed in their 2-1 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers at STAPLES Center.
Although there are still NHL games yet to be played on Saturday evenings slate, the Kings, with their win, have guaranteed themselves a 12-point lead in the Pacific Division by day’s end – marking the largest division lead ever held in franchise history.
In his third game back since returning from a broken foot, Dwight King played in his first regular season game at STAPLES Center, netting the first goal of the afternoon.
Before the midway point of the first period, the Kings halted Philadelphia’s attempt to break out of their own zone. In transition, Dwight King moved in on a three-on-one sequence with Marian Gaborik and Trevor Lewis. King and Gaborik connected on a quick give-and-go before King one-timed a shot past a sprawling Michal Neuvirth to give the Kings a 1-0 lead.
King now has three points (2G, 1A) in the three games he’s played.
Late in the first period, while the Kings worked on their first power play of the day, Drew Doughty connected to up the Kings’ lead to two.
Anze Kopitar, under pressure along the side-boards, kicked a puck up to Jake Muzzin who was situated on the right point. Muzzin fed Drew Doughty a perfectly-placed pass across the top of the zone, which Doughty hammered high past Neuvirth’s glove side for his seventh goal of the season.
Muzzin, with his assist on Doughty’s goal, registered the 100th point (26G, 74A) of his NHL career.
Neither team scored in the second, Philadelphia’s Brayden Schenn got the Flyers on the board midway through the third with a power play goal.
During the final seconds of regulation, Jonathan Quick robbed Philadelphia’s Claude Giroux of a prime scoring opportunity, gloving the forward’s one-timed slap shot as it rocketed toward the far side of the net.
Five different players led the Kings in points scored (1), Jake Muzzin and Trevor Lewis in shots taken (5), Alec Martinez in hits delivered (5), Alec Martinez in shots blocked (3), and Jake Muzzin in minutes played (25:56). Jonathan Quick made 29 saves in the win.
The Kings will hit the road for one game when they take on the Colorado Avalanche Monday night at the Pepsi Center, where the puck is slated to drop just after 6:00 PM PST.