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PHILADELPHIA -- Two teams, two games, two cities and two absurdly different results.
Less than two months ago, the Philadelphia Flyers visited Los Angeles and battered the Kings, scoring seven goals and handing them one of their worst losses of the season.
The sequel took place Sunday, and bore almost zero resemblance to the original. The Kings got brilliant penalty killing and goaltending and made Drew Doughty's goal stand up in a 1-0 victory over the Flyers before 19,724 at Wells Fargo Center.
Improbably, the Kings continue to roll along during this February road swing. Six games into this run of 10 consecutive road games, the Kings have claimed 10 of a possible 12 points. They also have a 7-0-2 record in their last nine games overall.
``There was a big dig-in here today,'' Kings coach Terry Murray said. ``That's a very hard game in this building. You're coming back after a game yesterday against a high-powered Washington team, and then facing the same, if not a better team, than Washington. I just liked the way we did things the right way, with our top players.
``Our goaltending was outstanding. Penalty killing really had to do a big job here tonight. They got that 5-on-3, and then to come back at the end of the day, scoring a nice goal with two of your best players, Kopitar and Doughty. It makes a difference.''
On Sunday, Doughty scored a goal 17 seconds into the second period, and that was enough for Quick, who stopped 40 shots for his sixth shutout of the season. The Kings also went 4-for-4 on the penalty kill and limited the Flyers to two power-play shots.
Amazingly, the stable play of the Kings seemed to get the veteran, successful Flyers rattled a bit. The home fans loudly booed the Flyers during their inability to score on the power play, and the Flyers showed their frustration in the third period. Jarret Stoll wasn't called for what could have been a boarding penalty on Chris Pronger, but Pronger certainly got called when he stood up and blatantly smashed Stoll to the ice.
The ensuing power play, which started with 6:27 remaining, allowed the Kings to kill some clock, and they held on to win in Philadelphia for the first time since March 2000.
``After the All-Star break, we knew we had to get points,'' Kopitar said. ``That's just the bottom line. The next game, in Columbus, is not going to be any less important than this one tonight. We just wanted to get two points, and that's what we were focused on. The focus is going to be for the remainder of the season.''
In a way, it was a homecoming win for Kings coach Terry Murray and assistant coach John Stevens, both of whom previously coached the Flyers, as well as for Kings players Michal Handzus and Justin Williams, and the Kings got a solid overall effort.
The big moments came in the second period, when Doughty pinched in from the blue line and scored after a centering pass from Anze Kopitar. Then, with six minutes remaining in the second period, the Kings killed a 20-second 5-on-3 Flyers power play.
One goal was enough for Quick, who has been outstanding of late. Quick is 6-0-1 in his last seven starts and has allowed two or fewer goals in five of his last six starts.
``He's awesome,'' Doughty said of Quick. ``He's been awesome for pretty much the whole year. He's a great goalie. We all love him as a guy in the room as well. We're really happy for him to get that shutout.''
The Kings were able to get some revenge from the Dec. 30 game at STAPLES Center, in which the Flyers scored four second-period goals, chased starting goalie Jonathan Bernier from the game and generally controlled the game in a 7-4 victory.
The Kings, coming off a victory over the Washington Capitals on Saturday, stayed with the same lineup, in terms of skaters, and turned in another solid overall effort.
``It's huge,'' Doughty said. ``To beat two of the top teams in the East like that, back-to-back, in two afternoon games, it's tough to play and be able to do that. It shows how good of a team we can be, day in and day out, and we just need to continue that.''
The first half of the period was fairly even, and the Flyers turned up the pressure late in the period and outshot the Kings 15-12. The Kings had the only power play of the first period.
The Kings took the lead just 17 seconds into the second period. After a dump-in, Wayne Simmonds forced a turnover behind the Flyers' net. Kopitar centered to Doughty, whose shot beat Flyers coach Sergei Bobrovsky to give the Kings a 1-0 lead.
The Flyers put significant pressure on the Kings in the latter part of the second period, until they went on the power play. The Kings killed a 20-second 5-on-3 Flyers power play, and shots were 10-7 in favor of the Flyers in the second period.
``The penalty killers did a great job, and I thought Quickie made some huge stops, obviously,'' Kopitar said. ``It wasn't a long 5-on-3, but winning the draw, a couple of draws, and clearing the puck down, it obviously frustrates them and frustrates the crowd. The crowd started booing, and that's when we felt that we were going to really shut them down, and we just kept going.''
Philadelphia outshot the Kings 15-6 in the third period, but Quick was sharp when needed.
``Whenever you come into this rink, it's always a good game here,'' Quick said. ``They have a good team over there. The atmosphere is fun to play in and it's really exciting, so these are two big points. We played a great game yesterday and came back and finished off the back-to-back here with a solid effort today. We're looking forward to a day off tomorrow and then get back at it.''