LOS ANGELES — In their first game without injured left wing Ryan Smyth, the re-configured Los Angeles Kings put in an uneven effort and dropped a 3-2 decision to the Philadelphia Flyers at Staples Center on Wednesday night.
Jarret Stoll and Drew Doughty scored for the Kings, while Mika Pyorala, Mike Richards and James vanRiemsdyk scored for the Flyers.
The Kings got off to a good start and took a 1-0 lead at 14:53 of the first period when Stoll wristed the puck into the crease from the right corner. The shot beat Flyers goalie Brian Boucher beaten between his skates—a bad goal allowed by Boucher.
But the momentum shifted in a big way after the Kings completed fizzled during a two-man advantage that lasted the entire two minutes.
The Kings regained some jump in their step following a power play goal by Doughty at 12:09 of the third period, but it was too little, too late, as several defensive miscues and a lack of effort in their own zone led to all three Flyers goals.
NOTES: Stoll scored a goal and added an assist in the game, had four hits and won 12 of 17 faceoffs (71%); Justin Williams had a season-high eight shots; the two teams combined for 59 hits (Flyers: 30, Kings: 29).; The Kings outshot the Flyers 21-5 in the third period (39-20 in the game); The 21 shots in one period and 39 in one game are both season highs for the Kings; The Kings are still 9-4-2 in their last fifteen games; Their 13-8-2 start is the eighth-best 23-game start in team history; The Kings have outshot their opponent in ten of the last eleven games and in fourteen of the last sixteen).
Here are the post-game audio interviews (raw, unedited) and the game highlights from NHL Video on YouTube:
Audio Interviews (raw, unedited)
Anze Kopitar (2:54)
Jonathan Quick (1:51)
Drew Doughty (1:20)
Terry Murray (7:08)
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