Instant Replay: Flyers 2, Kings 0

Instant Replay: Flyers 2, Kings 0
February 1, 2014, 6:30 pm

Wayne Simmonds scored his 100th career goal in the Flyers' 2-0 shutout of the Kings Saturday afternoon. (USA Today Images)

BOX SCORE

LOS ANGELES -- It was one of those games where the expression "first goal wins" was pretty much right on the money.

It was a game that lacked the hitting and physicality the Flyers endured against Anaheim on Thursday, and one where scoring chances were few and far between.

Nonetheless, the Flyers gutted out a 2-0 victory Saturday afternoon at Staples Center over the Kings as goalie Steve Mason picked up his 21st victory and third shutout of the season.

Mason had flurries of action and played well through screens in making 35 saves. He got some help from the post late in the game on Justin Williams' attempted wraparound.

Shortly after, the Flyers iced it on Claude Giroux's power-play goal.

The victory evens the Flyers' record at 1-1 on this three-game West Coast fling that ends Monday night in San Jose. The Flyers are also 7-1-1 all-time at Staples Center.

Both teams seemed to wade themselves into the game. There was so little action in a scoreless opening period, the shots were 5-3 Kings with less than four minutes to play.

There was so little offense that when Wayne Simmonds made it 1-0 at 7:48 of the second period, it represented just the Flyers' sixth shot of the game.

The play saw some terrific tic-tac-toe passing between Giroux and Vinny Lecavalier -- who had come on to the ice for a line change -- that saw the latter's pass into the crease to find Simmonds.

Simmonds had an easy stuffer career goal inside the left post because Kings defenseman Jake Muzzin collided with goalie Jonathan Quick, preventing him from covering the opposite post.

Simmonds also had a power-play assist later.

Kings milestone
Kings defenseman Robyn Regehr played his 1,000th NHL game. He was honored in a pregame ceremony.

Flyer milestone
Simmonds' goal was his 100th in the NHL. He leads the Flyers with 18 goals this season.

Franchise low
The Flyers' 13 shots ties a franchise record-low from Dec. 11, 1990 -- a 4-1 loss at Washington.

Scoring chances
Not many during a rather boring opening period, but Quick had two good stops on Jakub Voracek. The Flyers had just four shots in the first.

Scrum saves
Mason had a big save on Slava Voynov during a late second-period scrum with Jarret Stoll and Trevor Lewis both jabbing away with their sticks. Mason was protecting a 1-0 lead off Simmonds’ goal earlier in the period.

Shots
The Kings had a 21-9 lead at one point, yet trailed 1-0.

Power play
Mark Streit replaced Kimmo Timonen (left foot) on the point for the first unit power play. Streit worked with the first unit Friday in case Timonen didn’t play. Timonen's foot has been bothering him since blocking a shot against Detroit last week.

Penalty kill
Flyers PK units cleared the puck six times during the Kings' lone power play in the first period. The Kings entered ranked 27th in the NHL with a 14.1 power play efficiency.

Mason had a couple of good saves on Jeff Carter and Voynov.

Special Teams
Fairly clean game. The Flyers were 1 for 2  on the power play; the Kings were 0 for 3.

Scratches
Timonen (left foot); defenseman Hal Gill and forward Jay Rosehill were healthy scratches.