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Van Riemsdyk's three points boost Flyers past Kings

Konecny scores twice for Philadelphia; Los Angeles loses fourth in row

by Adam Kimelman @NHLAdamK / Deputy Managing Editor

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LAK@PHI: van Riemsdyk scores PPG on deflection

James van Riemsdyk deflects Claude Giroux's shot by Jack Campbell for a power-play goal, pushing the Flyers' lead to 4-1 in the 3rd period

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PHILADELPHIA -- James van Riemsdyk had a goal and two assists for the Philadelphia Flyers in a 4-1 win against the Los Angeles Kings at Wells Fargo Center on Saturday.

Travis Konecny had two goals, and Joel Farabee scored for Philadelphia (26-17-6), which is 4-2-0 in its past six. Brian Elliott made 34 saves.

"Tonight we played a good home game," Elliott said. "We responded well from our effort last game (a 4-1 loss to Montreal Canadiens on Thursday)."


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Dustin Brown scored for Los Angeles (18-27-5), which is 0-3-1 in its past four. Jack Campbell made 22 saves.

"A couple mistakes that were preventable, special teams on the short end, and you come up with a loss, and that's what we deserved tonight," Kings coach Todd McLellan said.

Video: LAK@PHI: Konecny rips home early goal

Van Riemsdyk scored his first goal in 13 games to give the Flyers a 4-1 lead at 8:09 of the third period, getting to the net during a power play and tipping Claude Giroux's shot. 

It was van Riemsdyk's first three-point game since Oct. 26. He had four assists in his previous 12 games.

"When you're not scoring you've got to try to make sure you're solid with the other aspects of your game," van Riemsdyk said. "I think I've been trying to focus on that and do a good job of being strong on the walls, not turning pucks over, being responsible in my own end, things like that."

Van Riemsdyk set up Konecny's first goal, which gave the Flyers a 1-0 lead at 3:48 of the first period. In the second period, he won the puck behind the net, skated toward the corner and found Konecny open at the hash marks, where he made it 2-0 at 3:44.

"He makes those [plays] all the time," Konecny said. "They may go unnoticed, but he's an incredible passer. Thankfully, we could capitalize on a few of them tonight. He was in his office and scored a goal too."

Video: LAK@PHI: Konecny buries slick feed from van Riemsdyk

Farabee extended the lead to 3-0 at 12:08. Matt Niskanen's shot from the right point went off the forward's right skate for Farabee's first NHL power-play goal.

Brown made it 3-1 at 5:06 of the third. He got to the puck after a Philadelphia turnover in the Los Angeles end, skated around Niskanen and scored.

The Kings had 15 shots in the third including one at 1:20 on Jeff Carter's breakaway. Elliott made a blocker save and covered the rebound.

Video: LAK@PHI: Brown goes top shelf on Elliott

Los Angeles enters the All-Star break having finished a five-game road trip 1-3-1.

"It's obviously frustrating. We're here to win games and anything else is disappointing," Kings captain Anze Kopitar said. "But at the same time, we're making steps in the right direction. Going into some tough buildings, playing some fast teams that are higher up in the standings. We did some good stuff, but by no means is this satisfying."


They said it

"We've played some really good teams and we're learning how to be a really good team. We've got to take lessons from every game. It's frustrating, but it's important that we figure out how to get better." -- Kings forward Dustin Brown

"It just helps with the confidence part of the game. The plays that I'm making in the neutral zone and defensive zone, I have a little more confidence just because it's in the back of my head that I can produce." -- Flyers rookie forward Joel Farabee after scoring his fifth goal of the season


Need to know

Flyers forward Michael Raffl sat out the final 8:58 of the third period because of an upper-body injury. He took a hard hit behind the net by Brown at 2:51 of the period and played two more shifts. ... It was Konecny's second two-goal game of the season. He scored two in Philadelphia's season opener against the Chicago Blackhawks in the 2019 NHL Global Series at O2 Arena in Prague on Oct. 4. ... Brown's goal gave him at least one against every team in the NHL except the Kings; he has played all 16 of his seasons in the League for Los Angeles.


What's next

Kings: Host the Tampa Bay Lightning on Jan. 29 (10 p.m. ET; NBCSN)

Flyers: Host the Pittsburgh Penguins on Tuesday (7:30 p.m. ET; NBCSN, ATTSN-PT, NHL.TV)

Video: Konecny, van Riemsdyk lead Flyers past Kings

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