Flyers Silence Kings After Rough Game In Anaheim
The Flyers have just two wins in their last seven games. Both of those wins are shutouts.
The Flyers blanked the Kings, 2-0, just days after getting scorched for five goals against the Ducks. Earlier in the week, they snapped a four-game losing streak with a 5-0 drubbing of the Red Wings.
The game looked to be a low-scoring affair early as the teams tallied just 12 shots in a scoreless first.
Wayne Simmonds scored his 100th career goal in the win. It was also his first trip back at the Staples Center since 2011 when he was traded to Philadelphia, making the goal even more special.
Simmonds' 18th tally on the season proved to be the early game-winner.
Over seven minutes into the second period, Drew Doughty turned the puck over at the blue line to Claude Giroux. Giroux sent a pass over to Vincent Lecavalier, who faked the shot.
Lecavalier's reputation as a sniper pulled Jonathan Quick way out of his net. Lecavalier sent a pass down low to Simmonds, who deposited the puck into a wide open net to make it 1-0.
Simmonds' easy shot was just one of 13 made by his team all game. That effort tied a franchise record for the fewest shots in a game set on Dec. 11, 1990 at Washington in which the Flyers lost, 4-1.
On the other side of the ice, it forced Steve Mason to be at his absolute best.
The final two periods saw Los Angeles out-shoot the Flyers 27-9 and Mason stopped all of them. Mason totaled 35 saves for his third shutout of the season.
Quick had a hard time on the game, stopping just 11 of 13.
In the final two minutes of the game, Giroux scored on the power play to give the Flyers a 2-0 cushion. Simmonds assisted on the goal to give him another two-point game.