Kings 4, Flyers 1 post-game: Quick stifles Flyers

Updated: December 18, 2017 at 11:56 pm by Zac DeMedio

Kings 4 (21-10-4, 46 PTS) @ Flyers 1 (14-12-7, 35 PTS)

Coming into tonight’s game, the matchup against the Kings could arguably be seen as the toughest team the Flyers have faced. They’re one of the top teams in the West, boast a strong defense and an even better goaltender. Jonathan Quick had already shutout Philadelphia earlier this season, and he brought his A game once again to put an end to the Flyers season-high six-game winning streak.

1ST PERIOD

During their current six-game winning streak, the Flyers haven’t found themselves trailing for any long periods of time. But early on tonight against the Kings, they found themselves facing a two-goal deficit. With the Kings being one of best teams in the entire NHL in the defensive end, this was not a place the Orange and Black wanted to find themselves.

Just about five and a half minutes into the game, Los Angeles took the early lead off a blast from the point from Alec Martinez. The Kings won the offensive zone draw and slapped the puck past Brian Elliott. Taylor Leier may have inadvertently screened his own netminder, but there was little he or Elliot could do with the cannon.

With 3:14 left to play in the period, Trevor Lewis extended the Kings lead to two on the rush. An outlet pass from Jake Muzzin found Nick Shore and Lewis on a 2-on-2 against Robert Hagg and Valtteri Filppula. Hagg skated over to help Filppula, which gave an opening to Lewis to receive a pass and beat Elliott on his short side — a goal the Flyers goalie would most likely want back.

Just as it looked like Philadelphia would be heading to the dressing down two after twenty minutes, their power play got one back to get their first goal past Jonathan Quick this year. Scott Laughton drew a slashing call and from there the power play went to work. It took just fifteen seconds for Jake Voracek to find the back of the net for his eighth goal of the season, breaking a ten-game goalless drought. Claude Giroux won the faceoff with some help from Sean Couturier, and the Flyers moved the puck around the perimeter before Giroux fired a wrist shot off of Drew Doughty. Luckily for Philadelphia, the puck fell right into Voracek’s shooting lane, and once he wound up, there was nothing Quick could do.

2ND PERIOD

The early goings of the second period were all down in the Kings’ end, but Quick had every answer to the Flyers power play and odd-man rushes. After his rustiest period in some time, Brian Elliott matched Quick with a beautiful glove save on Marian Gaborik in the slot. It seemed that Elliott had rediscovered his form from the winning streak.

The second stanza consisted of both teams trading shots but neither team was unable to crack one another. Los Angeles outshot the Flyers by a margin of 13-11, but Philadelphia held the overall lead in shots by three (22-19).

3RD PERIOD

Once again, Jonathan Quick stifled the Flyers when his team needed him most. An early power play for Philadelphia saw chance after chance go astray with Quick making some grade A saves to keep his team’s lead to one.

Quick bunted the puck up the ice off his blocker as Adrian Kempe exited the box, and joined the Kings’ odd-man rush. He received the puck and fired a wrist shot above the right faceoff dot past Elliott for his 11th of the season. It was the Kings’ first shot of the period, and a real backbreaker for the Flyers.

Shortly after that it seemed that the lead was extended to 4-1, but Dustin Brown interfered with Elliott and had a goal for Drew Doughty wiped away. It took awhile, but LA eventually did score a fourth goal and extended their lead to three with 4:29 left to play. Tyler Toffoli went upstairs on Elliott for his 16th and all but put the final nail in the coffin of the Flyers winning streak.

QUICK HITTERS

In the two games played against the Flyers this season, Jonathan Quick has made 71 saves on 72 shots for an outstanding .986 save percentage. For as long as I can remember, Quick has always given the Flyers fits, and he was certainly up to the task again tonight.

Philadelphia had their chances tonight on the power play, as they went one for six on the night. The Flyers created many chances throughout the night, but were unable to solve Quick and the Kings top ranked penalty kill. If you’re going to be awarded this amount of power plays, you have to cash in if you want to win.

It may be time for Coach Hakstol to consider giving Brian Elliott some rest in the upcoming games, as he may of shown some signs of fatigue tonight. His game improved as the clocked ticked towards triple zeroes, but his first period was the definition of shaky. Two pucks got by him and rang off the post in addition to the two pucks that found twine. The second goal is one that he certainly would want back after watching the tape.

NEXT GAME

Flyers vs Red Wings

12/20/2017 @ 8:00 P.M.

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