Kings Make "Quick" Work of Flyers

Kings Make "Quick" Work of Flyers

The L.A. Kings, in the midst of 10 game road trip, blanked the Flyers 1-0 this afternoon. Kings goalie Jonathan Quick pitched the shutout, stopping all 40 shots he faced. He made difficult saves in traffic, flawlessly handled some tricky redirections, and overall was the difference as the Kings came into South Philly and took the two points.

The first period was a tight defensive twenty minutes with chances few and far between. In an effort to get the offense going Peter Laviolette juggled his lines by putting Claude Giroux, Mike Richards, and Jeff Carter together. He left the Leino-Briere-Hartnell line intact, and had Andreas Nodl center JVR and Dan Carcillo.

Carcillo dropped the gloves with Kyle Clifford 2:26 into the first. Clifford clearly got the best of Carbomb, who wasn't his usual pesky self the rest of the way. Here's video of the fight.

 

Drew Doughty scored the lone goal of the game just 17 seconds into the second period. Mike Richards turned the puck over behind the net, and Anze Kopitar found Doughty streaking into the slot who beat Sergei Bobrovsky for the game winning goal.

  

Claude Giroux tried in vain to dive and break up the pass from Kopitar to Doughty, but Doughty was a step too quick and skated into an empty slot to beat Bob. Otherwise, Bob was solid, stopping 24 of 25 shots including what appeared to be the most painful split ever while stoning Wayne Simmonds on a breakaway chance.

The Flyers went 0-4 on the power play, including an abbreviated 5 on 3 where they lost a key offensive zone draw, which allowed the Kings to send the puck the length of the ice thus killing off the two man advantage. The Flyers couldn't get anything going with the man advantage, prompting the home crowd to lustily boo their effort.

The Kings took the 1-0 lead into the third period, where Quick was called on the stop all 15 shots the Flyers threw at him. The orange and black didn't really play with much of a sense of urgency until after Chris Pronger was boarded by Jarrett Stoll.

Referre Dave Johnson, who was no more than 5 feet from where Stoll boarded Pronger, swallowed the whistle. He did manage to call a roughing Penalty on an incredulous Pronger, who popped back up and gave Stoll a shove. It was an egregious no-call, but in reality the game turned on the Flyers inability to get anything going on their power play opportunities.

NOTES

  • Danny Briere led all Flyers skaters in ice time with 22:57.
  • The Flyers dominated faceoffs, enjoying a 35-23 advantage at the dot. However, as mentioned above they lost a key draw during a 20 second 5 on 3.
  • Mike Richards has now gone eight straight games without a goal.
  • Jody Shelley fought Kevin Westgarth in the second. I scored the bout a draw. Here's a link to video of the fight if you'd like to score it yourself.  
  • The Flyers next head to Tampa where they'll face the Lightning on Tuesday night.

 Photo Credit: AP Photo/Matt Slocum

Canada wins World Cup, rallying to beat Europe 2-1

Canada wins World Cup, rallying to beat Europe 2-1

TORONTO -- Brad Marchand scored a short-handed goal with 43.1 seconds left and Canada beat Team Europe 2-1 on Thursday night to win the World Cup of Hockey.

The Canadians won the best-of-three finals 2-0.

Patrice Bergeron tied it with a power-play goal with 2:53 left in the third, and Marchand won it with a shot from the slot.

Canada has won 16 straight games, including two Olympic gold medals, since losing to the U.S. in the 2010 Olympics.

Carey Price made 32 saves for the Canadians, who started slow before ending the tournament with a furious rally that fired up a once-quiet crowd.

Zdeno Chara scored early for Europe, and Jaroslav Halak made 32 saves for the eight-nation team.

Sidney Crosby was named MVP of the tournament with three goals and a World Cup-high 10 points.

After getting that award, he was presented with a silver World Cup of Hockey trophy and he skated with it around the ice just months after hosting the Stanley Cup for the second time in his career.

He set up the tying goal, passing the puck off the boards to Brent Burns, whose shot just inside the blue line was redirected by Bergeron's raised stick.

Crosby was stewing after each of the first two periods.

When the game was over, he was sporting an ear-to-ear smile.

The Canadians closed the game in impressive fashion after a lackluster start.

In front of an unenthusiastic crowd and a lot of empty seats in the home of the Toronto Maple Leafs, the Canadians started flat and the Europeans made them pay for their apparent apathy.

Unlike the last two times Canada trailed briefly to the U.S. and Russia, it could not come back against Europe quickly.

It looked as if it wasn't going to be Canada's night when John Tavares had a wide-open net to shoot into, but hit the right post from the bottom of the right circle. Earlier in the same shift, the New York Islanders forward missed the net on a one-timer opportunity.

Canada averaged 4.4 goals over the first five games of the tournament, giving Price plenty of support. It didn't score as much in the final game of the tournament, but two goals were enough to win thanks to Price.

Chara, a Slovakian and Boston Bruins defenseman, scored from the left circle with a wrist shot through traffic two teammates created in front of the net off a short, soft pass from Andrej Sekera in the slot.

Crosby was part of a scrum at the end of the first period in which his helmet was knocked off near Europe's net at the end of the first period. After the horn sounded to end the second, Crosby lingered on the ice to shot at Swiss defenseman Roman Josi.

Crosby was clearly frustrated, playing with a pair of Boston Bruins, Marchand and Bergeron, who had combined for 22 points through the first five games.

Europe outshot the Canadians 12-8 after the first period and 27-21 after the second.

The Canadians had three power plays over the first two periods and failed to take advantage, falling to 2 for 17 with an extra skater. On one of their power plays, they needed Price to make stops on breakaways.

Canada had a man advantage again early in the third period, but only got one shot on Halak, a Slovak and Islanders standout, on the possibly pivotal power play.

Crosby had a chance to score with 7-plus minutes left, but Halak kicked the shot away with his right skate.

Europe seemed as if it had a chance to score late when Drew Doughty was called for high-sticking with just under 2 minutes left, but Canada was the team that took advantage when Marchand got the puck into open space and beat Halak with a shot to win the first World Cup since 2004.

Instant Replay: Braves 5, Phillies 2

Instant Replay: Braves 5, Phillies 2

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ATLANTA — Jeremy Hellickson’s final start of the season — and possibly his final one with the Phillies — was cut short by a sprained right knee Thursday night (see story).

Hellickson left the game against the Atlanta Braves after 3 1/3 innings.

The Phillies ended up losing, 5-2, in their final game at Turner Field. The Braves swept the three-game series. The Phillies have lost six of their last seven and are 70-89.

The Phillies went 82-91 over 20 years of visiting Turner Field. The Braves will move into a new stadium next season.

Starting pitching report
Hellickson gave up just one hit and no runs in his 3 1/3 innings. He walked none.

The right-hander finished the season 12-10 in a career-high 32 starts. He tied a career high with 189 innings. His final ERA of 3.71 was his best since he recorded a 3.10 ERA in 31 starts for Tampa Bay in 2012.

Hellickson is eligible for free agency this winter. The Phillies would like to get draft-pick compensation if Hellickson signs elsewhere, but they must extend him a $17 million qualifying offer for 2017 and he must reject the offer in order for the club to get that pick.

Atlanta’s Josh Collmenter pitched seven innings and held the Phillies to one run. He gave up six hits, walked none and struck out four.

Bullpen report
Struggling Jeanmar Gomez entered a tie game in the bottom of the eighth inning. He gave up a walk and a tie-breaking double as the Braves took the lead. The Braves scored three more times against Gomez in the frame to put the game away.

At the plate
Odubel Herrera’s RBI single in the third inning gave the Phillies a 1-0 lead. It was the Phillies’ 600th run of the season. They were the last team in the majors to get there.

Aaron Altherr cut the Braves' lead to three with a two-out RBI single in the ninth.

Atlanta’s Dansby Swanson tied the game at 1-1 with a solo homer against Colton Murray in the sixth.

Swanson walked and scored the go-ahead run on Matt Kemp’s double against Gomez in the bottom of the eighth.

Up next
The Phillies return home Friday night for the final three-game series of the season. They will play the New York Mets, who are battling for the National League wild card. Here are the pitching matchups:

Friday night — RHP Alec Asher (2-0, 1.66) vs. RHP Robert Gsellman (3-2, 2.56)

Saturday afternoon — RHP Phil Klein (0-0, 12.15) vs. RHP Bartolo Colon (14-8, 3.42)

Sunday afternoon — RHP Jerad Eickhoff (11-14, 3.72) vs. RHP Noah Syndergaard (14-9, 2.60)

Sunday afternoon’s season finale starts at 3:05 p.m. The team will make a special on-field presentation to Ryan Howard at 2:30.

Howard did not play Thursday night. He is expected to start all three games against the Mets. The Phillies will not pick up Howard’s contract option for 2017 and he will become a free agent.

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