Flyers Rally Falls Short, Lose To Kings 3-2

Published on March 25th, 2014

By Anthony Mingioni

PHILADELPHIA-For 40 minutes of play, the Philadelphia Flyers were dominated in nearly all aspects by the Los Angeles Kings and trailed by a 2-0 score, while being outshot 33-18.

The last 20 minutes showed the resiliency that has been their stock in trade since the Olympic break as they were able to rally from that deficit with goals from Matt Read and Jakub Voracek.

Voracek’s tying goal came shortly after he came out of the penalty box and he managed to gain position on Kings’ defenseman Slava Voynov, deflecting home a shot from the point by forward Scott Hartnell.

But the Kings weren’t willing to dance to the Flyers’ recent third period music, as Voynov made up for his earlier miscue by taking advantage of miscommunication between Hartnell and defenseman Kimmo Timonen.

Voynov stripped Timonen of the puck and led a two on one break that would result in forward Dwight King’s go ahead goal at 10:36 of the third period.

The goal would give the visitors a 3-2 lead that would stand up, despite some last minute pressure from Philadelphia.

“We knew we weren’t playing well so we told each other let’s start picking it up a little bit,” Flyers captain Claude Giroux said. “Obviously first shift we were able to get a goal to kind of get us back in the game. I thought when we tied it up I thought we were going to keep going but they were able to get the game winner.”

Playing his first game in Philadelphia since his 2011 trade to Columbus, Jeff Carter broke a scoreless game open when he was able to whip home a wrist shot from the left circle that caromed in off of Flyers’ goalie Ray Emery’s blocker.

Vincent Lecavalier had a golden chance to tie the game at one in front on an open net from near the crease just under a minute later, but his shot hit the right goal post, the crossbar and the left goal post. Despite the horn sounding, play continued for several minutes. A replay shortly after confirmed that the puck did stay out of the net.

“It was a timing thing,” Lecavalier said. “I think the puck was a little bit behind me.  I knew I had a lot of room, but I just tried to put it on the net. I’d have to look at it to really see, but obviously I was not in good balance. I think it was a little bit behind me, so… bad luck.”

Philadelphia had back-to-back power plays midway through the period when Carter and Williams were whistled for infractions and had 30 seconds with a five on three advantage, but they were surprisingly unable get a shot off with that opportunity.

The Flyers finished the game 0-for-4 on the power play.

Los Angeles would stake themselves a 2-0 lead when another former Flyer Justin Williams took advantage of a pair of turnovers from the Flyers’ checking line, first from call up Tye McGinn and followed up by Sean Couturier.  The ensuing scramble led to a point shot by Robyn Regehr and a bad rebound by Emery that went straight to a waiting Williams.

The Flyers came out hard and fast at the Kings early in the third period when Read managed to deflect a Braydon Coburn shot off the rush and the puck managed to deflect off Kings’ defenseman Jake Muzzin and elude goaltender Jonathan Quick.

It was a rare misstep for Quick, who did an excellent job in net stopping 33 of 35 Flyers’ shots.

His counterpart Ray Emery was the singular reason why Philadelphia wasn’t trailing by more than two goals by the end of the second period, with 38 saves on 41 shots by Los Angeles.

The Kings’ defensive dedication was on display as they frustrated the home team by blocking 21 shots, marking the third consecutive game in which they’ve had 20 or more shot attempts blocked.

In the end, it was a game that the Kings had earned through strong work along the boards and maintaining positional integrity by controlling the gaps

“Well they came hard,” Berube said. “We knew they would come hard in the forecheck. I didn’t think we did a very good job in 40 minutes of making plays and competing. I thought that we turned too many pucks over in our end, coming out of our end, and it caused a lot of problems.”

The loss, along with the New York Rangers’ 4-3 overtime defeat of the Phoenix Coyotes, dropped the Flyers to third place in the Metropolitan Division and one point behind the Rangers. The teams will play each other Wednesday, 8pm, at Madison Square Garden.

Source:  Andrew King

Source: Andrew King

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