Kings Blank Flyers

Published on February 13th, 2011

Defenseman Chris Pronger

by Mike del Tufo

Sunday, February 13, 2011

The Los Angeles Kings shut out the Philadelphia Flyers 1-0 ending their 3-game winning streak.  This was the 2nd of 2 meetings between the Flyers and the Kings this season.  They played last in Los Angeles on December 30th with the Flyers winning 7-4.  For this game, Jonathan Quick started in net for the Kings and Sergei Bobrovsky for the Flyers.

Flyers forward line combinations:
Briere-Hartnell-Leino
Richards-Giroux-Carter
Nodl-JVR-Carcillo
Betts-Powe-Shelley

Flyers defensemen pairings:
Pronger-Carle
Timonen-Coburn
Meszaros-O’Donnell

Things got started quickly in the 1st period as the Flyers hit an early post.  Defenseman Chris Pronger’s shot nailed the post at 0:52.  Then at 2:26, Flyers forward Dan Carcillo and Kings winger Kyle Clifford tussled in a heavyweight battle that saw both combatants swinging wildly at each other.  Clifford appeared to get the edge in this exciting bout.  The 1st period had a frantic pace to it that one would have expected to favor the Flyers since they did not play yesterday as the Kings did.  At 15:39, the Kings got the 1st power-play of the game when Dan Briere got called for tripping.  The Flyers had a strong kill giving up no shots and having a decent scoring opportunity by captain Mike Richards.  After one period of play, the Flyers led in shots 15 to 12 in mostly wide-open action.  The Flyers also won an astounding 16 of 18 face-offs in this period.

The Kings struck quickly in the 2nd period.  Anze Kopitar won the opening face-off and the Kings got it into the zone.  Richards then had the puck behind the net for the Flyers but gave it up to Kopitar.  He fed defenseman Drew Doughty who beat Bobrovsky at 0:17.  At 3:38 Kings forward Wayne Simmonds had a breakaway.  Bob made the save on a back-hand.  The teams had another fight at 4:35 when Flyers Jody Shelley and Kings Kevin Westgarth squared off.  The Flyers got a 5-on-3 power-play at 14:01 when Dustin Brown took a minor for tripping.  The Kings had previously gotten a too-many-men-on-the-ice minor.  The Flyers were unable to convert however.  For the 2nd game in a row, the Flyers were held scoreless through the first 2 periods of the game.

Dustin Brown of the Kings took a tripping minor at 5:38 of the 3rd period to give the Flyers a power-play.  The Flyers again struggled with the man-advantage and could not get the equalizing goal.  At 13:37, it appeared Pronger was boarded by Kings center Jarrett Stoll.  It went uncalled but Pronger’s reaction to it was as he received a roughing minor.  That incited the home crowd.  The Flyers, however, were unable to ride the momentum from this and get on the scoreboard.  The Kings won a hard-fought 1-0 game.

On the loss, Richards said, “Their goaltender played extremely well.  Both goaltenders did actually.  The one that went off Bob [Sergei Bobrovsky] went off my skate.  They played well and you’re going to have games like that. It’s unfortunate but it happened.”

Pronger said, “In each period we seem like we had moments where we dominated and moments where we didn’t.  The game is sixty minutes and we have to be prepared to play sixty minutes.”

This ends a 4-game home-stand.  They went 3-1 in it.  Their next game is at Tampa vs. the Lightning on Tuesday February 15th.

On the upcoming Tampa game, Richards said, “We’re going to look forward to them now.  After today, it’s our next game so we’ll look more in-depth at what they do and how we’re going to have success against them and obviously they’ve played well against us in some funny games.  I think at least one here and there too was a little bit as well.  We just have to play well and have a bounce back game.”

Bobrovsky in Action | Source: Andrew King

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