Flyers score often to top KingsDec 31, 2010 - 7:29 AM
Claude Giroux added a career-high three assists for the Flyers, who snapped a two-game slide. Michael Leighton turned aside 32 shots in his season debut. The netminder, who had been out because of back surgery, was playing for the first time since the June 9 loss to Chicago in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Finals.
"It was good to get back and, obviously, I'm not too excited about the way I played," Leighton said. "We got a win and the team really saved my butt tonight and we did a great job. They scored some goals for me and that was that. I felt better the third period and hopefully I just build off of that."
Kings goaltender Jonathan Bernier allowed six goals on 22 shots before being pulled in the second period. He was replaced by Jonathan Quick, who stopped 5- of-6 shots the rest of the way.
Ryan Smyth scored twice for Los Angeles, which has dropped two in a row and has given up 13 goals in those games.
"Certainly two of our ugliest of the year," said Kings defenseman Rob Scuderi. "We're not making excuses for ourselves, but it does happen. We have to scrap them under the rug and move on."
The game was even after the first period, in which Smyth and Justin Williams lit the lamp for the Kings, and Danny Briere and Richards tallied for the Flyers.
But Philadelphia took control with a dominant second period, in which it scored four goals.
Scott Hartnell got the Flyers started by tipping in Giroux's centering pass at 4:05. A little more than a minute later, James van Riemsdyk scooped up a loose puck in the slot and passed to the right of the crease for Richards, who one- timed a shot past Bernier.
Jack Johnson's power play tally at 8:11 had the Kings within 4-3, but the Flyers responded by scoring twice on the man advantage.
During a 5-on-3, Jeff Carter shot past a fallen Bernier at the 11-minute mark, and van Riemsdyk scored on a high wrister at 14:17 to make it a 6-3 game.
Smyth's power-play marker three minutes later trimmed the Kings' deficit, but Leighton was strong over the final period, stopping all 10 shots he faced.
Ville Leino tallied his ninth of the year at 9:10 to complete the scoring.
Both teams went 2-for-5 on the power play...The Kings host San Jose on New Year's Day...Philadelphia plays at Anaheim on Friday to continue its five-game trip.
- PHILADELPHIA: 7
LOS ANGELES: 4
Dec 31 1:21 AM
- Philadelphia Goal - Ville Leino (9), at 9:10.
Flyers 7, Kings 4 3rd - 10:50Dec 31 1:00 AM
- PHILADELPHIA: 6
LOS ANGELES: 4
End of 2nd
Dec 31 12:29 AM
- Los Angeles Power-Play Goal - Ryan Smyth (14), at 17:12.
Flyers 6, Kings 4 2nd - 2:48Dec 31 12:25 AM
- Philadelphia Power-Play Goal - James van Riemsdyk (8), at 14:17.
Flyers 6, Kings 3 2nd - 5:43Dec 31 12:17 AM
- Philadelphia Power-Play Goal - Jeff Carter (15), at 10:59.
Flyers 5, Kings 3 2nd - 9:01Dec 31 12:07 AM
- Los Angeles Goal - Jack Johnson, at 8:11.
Flyers 4, Kings 3 2nd - 11:49Dec 30 11:58 PM
- Philadelphia Goal - Mike Richards (13), at 5:11.
Flyers 4, Kings 2 2nd - 14:49Dec 30 11:50 PM
- Dustin Brown slap shot on Michael Leighton.
Flyers 3, Kings 2 2nd - 15:46Dec 30 11:48 PM
- PHILADELPHIA: 2
LOS ANGELES: 2
2nd Period - 15:59
Flyers 2, Kings 2 2nd - 15:59Dec 30 11:45 PM
- Philadelphia Goal - Scott Hartnell (9), at 4:05.
Flyers 3, Kings 2 2nd - 15:55Dec 30 11:45 PM
- PHILADELPHIA: 2
LOS ANGELES: 2
End of 1st
Dec 30 11:22 PM
- Philadelphia Goal - Mike Richards (12), at 15:48.
Flyers 2, Kings 2 1st - 4:12Dec 30 11:13 PM
- Los Angeles Goal - Justin Williams (15), at 11:03.
Flyers 1, Kings 2 1st - 8:57Dec 30 11:04 PM
- Philadelphia Goal - Danny Briere (18), at 6:47.
Flyers 1, Kings 1 1st - 13:13Dec 30 10:58 PM
- Los Angeles Goal - Ryan Smyth (13), at 2:39.
Flyers 0, Kings 1 1st - 17:21Dec 30 10:48 PM
- PHILADELPHIA: 0
LOS ANGELES: 0
1st Period - 20:00
Dec 30 10:43 PM
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