Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Flyers West keys win

Flyers West outlasted the Flyers on Saturday night.

Flyers West keys win

Mike Richards registered the game-winning assist in the Kings´ 3-2 win over the Flyers. (Tom Mihalek/AP)
Mike Richards registered the game-winning assist in the Kings' 3-2 win over the Flyers. (Tom Mihalek/AP)
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      Flyers West outlasted the Flyers on Saturday night.

      The Los Angeles Kings got huge contributions from ex-Flyers Justin Williams, Mike Richards and Simon Gagne as they scored a 3-2 overtime win at the Wells Fargo Center.

     Williams scored a pair of goals, Gagne had an assist, and Richards set up Jack Johnson’s game-winner 1:38 into overtime.

      It was Richards’ first game at the Wells Fargo Center since he was dealt to the Kings last June.

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      “We have a lot of ex- Flyers; we have a lot of familiarity here,” said Williams, selected by the Flyers in the first round of 2000 draft. “I know this is especially sweet for Mike. We did everything we could to get a win for him”

    The Flyers were 2 for 7 on the power play; Los Angeles was 2 for 8. All told, there were 22 penalties for 76 minutes

    “It’s just a lot of stop and start from the game standpoint, whether you’re going in the penalty box, going on the power play, timeouts, all that stuff,” defenseman Chris Pronger said. “There was no real flow to the game.  No way to roll our lines, and get everyone into the game and into a sort of flow or rhythm, which makes it tough to get some consistency going. 

   “It really limits the bench and you don’t get everybody involved.”

     L.A. overcame the loss of standout defenseman Drew Doughty, who suffered an upper-body injury when hit by Zac Rinaldo early in the game.

   Rinaldo was asked about the hit.

    “From my vantage point? He came across the trolley tracks, head down,” he said. “It was a clean hit, shoulder to shoulder. That’s about it.”

     But will NHL disciplinarian Brendan Shanahan agree?

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    Breakaways. The Flyers play in Ottawa Tuesday….Coach Peter Laviolette would not commit to when he will give Sergei Bobrovsky a start…..The Flyers (3-0-1) missed a chance to go to 4-0 for the first time since 1995. Their best start was in 1986, when they began the season 6-0….The Flyers outshot the Kings, 34-26.

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