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Brayden Schenn lifts Flyers past Kings in OT

by Adam Kimelman

PHILADELPHIA -- Brayden Schenn scored on a breakaway with 2:24 left in overtime to give the Philadelphia Flyers a 3-2 win against the Los Angeles Kings on Tuesday at Wells Fargo Center.

Schenn tipped a Jake Muzzin pass at the Philadelphia blue line and won a race for the puck. Schenn got a wrist shot on net that Kings goalie Jonathan Quick stopped, but Schenn banged at the rebound, and the puck and goaltender drifted back across the goal line.

Referees initially waved off the goal, but after conferring ruled the goal should count, and replay review upheld the call.

It was the second straight game Schenn scored the game-winning goal; he also scored the winner Saturday against the Detroit Red Wings.

"Game-winners are always nice," Schenn said. "Makes it a little extra special against a team that drafted you."

Schenn was selected by the Kings with the fifth pick of the 2009 NHL Draft and was sent to the Flyers in June 2011.

Michael Raffl and Chris VandeVelde also scored for the Flyers, and Jakub Voracek had his third straight two-assist game. Goaltender Ray Emery, making his third straight start, stopped 38 of 40 shots he faced.

Tyler Toffoli and Mike Richards scored for the Kings, and Quick stopped 40 of 43 shots. The loss snapped Los Angeles' six-game winning streak.

The Kings had 19 players in the lineup Tuesday. Anze Kopitar was unable to play because of an upper-body injury. The Kings also are missing Marian Gaborik (upper body) and Trevor Lewis (upper body) to injuries, as well as defenseman Slava Voynov, who is suspended. The three injured players are not expected to be out long, so with little roster or salary-cap space, the Kings were unable to recall a player from Manchester of the American Hockey League.

"We were just rolling trying to keep the shifts short," Toffoli said. "Everyone wants to play and has to take what you're getting. You have to play your best when you're getting your ice time, and I think we came up a little short [Tuesday]."

Key for the Flyers, who won their third straight game and fourth in the past five, was keeping the crease clear. Though the Kings had 40 shots, most were from the outside, and there were few rebounds off chances in close for the Kings.

It was almost a repeat of their performance against the Red Wings on Saturday, when, despite being outshot 37-17, the Flyers were able to win 4-2 because they surrendered few second-shot opportunities.

The Flyers also have been executing defensively without two of their top defenders, Braydon Coburn and Andrew MacDonald, who are out with lower-body injuries.

"Teams obviously want to get the puck to the net and get second opportunities," Flyers defenseman Nick Schultz said."There are teams that do that, shoot the puck from outside, try to create some chaos and second chances. If they get a shot from out there, it's a matter of guys battling and being in the right spot and picking up guys coming late and clearing rebounds and things like that.

"You want to minimize their Grade A chances from in the slot, and that's everyone helping out, wingers coming low, off-side [defensemen] making sure that area is cleared up."

One of the few times the Flyers didn't execute was on Richards' game-tying goal 5:01 into the third period. Kyle Clifford put a shot on net that Emery stopped with his left pad on the post, but the Flyers goalie couldn't cover the puck. It got dug out, and Emery made a stick save on Drew Doughty's spinning shot in close. But Emery directed the puck right to Richards to his right, and the former Philadelphia captain scored into a nearly empty net.

The Flyers had several chances to break the tie in regulation; Voracek hit the right post with 11:17 left, and with 6:53 left he split two Kings to create a chance in front, but Quick stopped him.

With 5:07 remaining Schenn made a great move with the puck along the right wall in the Los Angeles end and sent a backhand pass through the slot to Claude Giroux, but the Philadelphia captain fell as he shot and missed wide. Schenn went behind the net to collect the rebound and threw it in front, but the pass handcuffed Wayne Simmonds, who couldn't get much on his shot.

The Kings outshot the Flyers 15-14 in the third, and their best chance came when Jeff Carter played a puck that took an odd bounce off the wall behind the Philadelphia net, but Emery made the save with 7:36 remaining.

"I think we could've easily won that game," Doughty said. "That first period and not having our top forward in the lineup, it's going to be tough to win games. But I thought some other guys stepped up and played well, but I also thought some other guys could do a little better job in stepping up, and hope we get him back soon."

VandeVelde's goal with 43.7 seconds left in the first period gave the Flyers a 2-1 lead after one period. It was the forward's first goal since March 25, 2012.

Emery helped preserve the lead with a strong second period. He stopped all 10 shots the Kings sent his way. He snapped the pads shut to deny Tanner Pearson on a breakaway 67 seconds into the period, and after falling he scrambled into a sitting position to get a piece of Jarret Stoll's shot from the right circle with 14:17 left in the period.

"I was sitting on my butt hoping to get a piece of it," Emery said. "You get lucky a bit sometimes."

Raffl opened the scoring with his fifth goal, winning a board battle with the Kings' Dustin Brown and then getting to the net to score after Muzzin partially blocked a Giroux shot.

It was the second time this season the Flyers have scored the first goal in a game; they also did it against the Montreal Canadiens on Oct. 11, when Raffl also scored the first goal.

The Kings tied the game on Toffoli's unassisted shorthanded breakaway goal at 13:08 of the first.

The win for the Flyers pushes their record to 4-3-2 after their 0-2-2 start.

"We feel good," Simmonds said. "Going to keep pushing forward and trying to play good hockey. Over the last week or two we started playing a lot better and we're going to continue."


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