By: Dan Esche (@DanTheFlyeraFan)
The Flyers look to continue their strong start to the season as they play the LA Kings less than 24 hours after their win against the Sharks. It was important to get the jump quickly, and let the Kings know the Flyers came to play.
First Period: The period starts with back and forth hockey, but the Kings take control when Konecny took a hooking penalty to stop a breakaway. The Laughton-Leier duo on the penalty kill continued to be dominate. The Flyers kill of the penalty but the Kings go back to work and hold their ground until about the 5 minute mark as Cammalleri tripped Gudas for a Flyers powerplay. The few chances the Flyers did get were solid, with good offensive chances from Weal, Weise, Hagg, and Leier.
The Kings killed of the penalty however, the Flyers did get some chances, especially from the blueline. *Andrew Macdonald defended a two-on-one perfectly*. Neuvirth made a late period save on Anze Kopitar, one worthy of save-of-the-year. The Flyers finished the period with much more energy than they had through the first 18 minutes or so. Also worth noting Neuvirth looked much more composed than Elliott did vs the Sharks.
Second Period: Another back and forth as the period opened until Nolan Patrick took a stick under his visor. Luckily he was okay, he even saw powerplay time. The Kings killed off the penalty and got a chance as Forbort came out of the box on the breakaway which Neuvirth stopped. The teams then exchanged close calls though ultimately nothing became of it. A bad turnover by Scott Laughton to Kyle Clifford leads to a Trevor Lewis goal, which came on a beautiful pass from Nick Shore.
After the goal the game took a much more physical, slower pace and neither team had many chances. The teams exchanged minor penalties, both got killed off. a few minutes of stale, boring hockey pass before Travis Sanheim gets called for a double minor for high sticking Trevor Lewis. Neuvirth holds down the fort late in the period, including a big chance 10 seconds in on the penalty kill.
Third Period: The Kings started the third period with 2:10 of powerplay time but the Flyers killed it off. Couturier continued to have good chances but failed to capitalize. Flyers clearly looked desperate for a goal, but started to over-pass the puck. The Flyers failed to score on two back-to-back penalties on Drew Doughty and Trevor Lewis respectively. Philly held a shot advantage of 16-4 as the period whittled away. Jeff Carter set up a beauty of a pass and Toffoli buries it, Neuvirth had no chance.
Takeaways: Andrew MacDonald played his best game in a Flyers uniform. Michal Neuvirth looked confident and played the best he could, both goals he had no chance. Sanheim had a rough game, though did look better in the third period. Scott Laughton looks great on the penalty kill and has great chemistry with Raffl and Leier.
Three Stars of the Game:
3) Shayne Gostisbehere
2) Michal Neuvirth
1) Jonathan Quick
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