By: Dan Esche (@DanTheFlyeraFan)
Flyers finally picked up a win versus the Ducks two days ago, so now it’s is time to try to go streaking. The Kings are off to a horrendous start and the struggling Flyers need to capitalize on another lowly team.
First period: Flyers got called for three penalties in the first. They killed a Simmonds trip early, then the Kings had 1:56 of five-on-three thanks to Folin’s interference and Lehtera for hooking. Amazingly the Flyers killed them both and the momentum swung in their favor. They finally buried a puck behind Campbell after Weise whiffed on a pass, then found wide open Provorov who was crashing the net.
Second period: The Kings came out strong which would eventually lead to a Konecny penalty for high-sticking. Jeff Carter scored on the powerplay, but Wayne Simmonds would answer just 50 seconds later thanks to a pass from behind the net from Lindblom. Oskar Lindblom would find the score sheet yet again after he scored a controversial goal that was under review for quite a few minutes. The Kings fought back lat in the period and it culminated in a goal from Kovalchuk as he poked the puck behind Elliott after a defensive breakdown in front.
Third period: Even though the Kings applied pressure throughout the period, they failed to score. Giroux would put the game away with a breakaway goal and Hagg would score on the empty net from behind his own goal line to secure the 5-2 victory. It is the Flyers first two-game win streak of the season.
Takeaways: Just like Anaheim, this is a team they should have beaten, and they did. While it was another game that wasn’t pretty, a win is a win right now. If they play a tighter game overall moving forward, they can hopefully keep the momentum going.
Three stars of the game:
3) Wayne Simmonds
2) Dale Weise
1) Oskar Lindblom
PHI: Provorov (Weise, Weal)
LA: Carter (Kopitar, Kovalchuk)
PHI: Simmonds (Lindblom, Patrick)
PHI: Lindblom (Voracek)
LA: Kovalchuk (Carter, Toffoli)
PHI: Giroux (Couturier)
PHI: Hagg (Elliott)
photo credit: NHL.com