LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 30: Danny Briere #48 of the Philadelphia Flyers celebrates after scoring a goal in the first period against the Los Angeles Kings at Staples Center on December 30, 2010 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images).

Kings Get Blasted By Flyers At Home, 7-4

The Kings fell to 13-3-1 at home this season.

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Flyers Unload On Kings At Staples Center, 7-4

Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) - Mike Richards posted two goals and two assists to lead the Philadelphia Flyers in a 7-4 defeat of the Los Angeles Kings. Claude Giroux added a career-high three assists for the Flyers, who snapped a two-game slide. Michael Leighton turned aside 32 shots in his season debut. The netminder, who had been out because of back surgery, was playing for the first time since the June 9 loss to Chicago in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Finals.

Kings goaltender Jonathan Bernier allowed six goals on 22 shots before being pulled in the second period. He was replaced by Jonathan Quick, who stopped 5- of-6 shots the rest of the way. Ryan Smyth scored twice for Los Angeles, which has dropped two in a row. The game was even after the first period, in which Smyth and Justin Williams lit the lamp for the Kings, and Danny Briere and Richards tallied for the Flyers.

But Philadelphia took control with a dominant second period, in which they scored four goals. Scott Hartnell got the Flyers started by tipping in Giroux's centering pass at 4:05. A little more than a minute later, James van Riemsdyk scooped up a loose puck in the slot and passed to the right of the crease for Richards, who one- timed a shot past Bernier.

Jack Johnson's power play tally at 8:11 had the Kings within 4-3, but the Flyers responded by scoring twice on the man advantage. During a 5-on-3, Jeff Carter shot past a fallen Bernier at the 11-minute mark, and van Riemsdyk scored on a high wrister at 14:17 to make it a 6-3 game.

Smyth's power-play marker three minutes later trimmed the Kings' deficit, but Leighton was strong over the final period, stopping all 10 shots he faced. Ville Leino tallied his ninth of the year at 9:10 to complete the scoring. Both teams went 2-for-5 on the power play...The Kings host San Jose on New Year's Day...Philadelphia plays at Anaheim on Friday to continue its five-game trip.

For more Kings news and analysis, be sure to read the SB Nation blog Jewels From The Crown.


Kings Host Flyers At Staples Center To Close Out 2010

(Sports Network) - The Philadelphia Flyers could be without their two top defenseman tonight when they try to avoid a third straight loss in a battle with the Los Angeles Kings at the Staples Center.

Already minus Chris Pronger for the next 4-to-6 weeks due to a right foot injury, fellow blueliner Kimmo Timonen suffered a lower-body injury in Tuesday's 6-2 loss at Vancouver and is questionable for tonight.

"I should be all right [Thursday]. I'll take the morning skate and we'll see how it feels," said Timonen. "I give a 50/50 chance.

"It's nothing really bad, but it's one of those things I have to step on the ice [Thursday] and see."

Though there is a chance Timonen can play, the Flyers did recall defenseman Erik Gustafsson from the American Hockey League on Wednesday.

One Flyer who could be making his return to the ice is Michael Leighton. The netminder has not played since a Game 6 loss in the Stanley Cup Finals to the Chicago Blackhawks on June 9. He underwent back surgery in October after winning 17 games in the regular season and going 8-3 in the playoffs with a 2.46 goals-against average.

Leighton has never faced the Kings.

The Flyers have dropped two in a row following five straight victories and got goals from Danny Briere and Jeff Carter in Tuesday's loss, its first in Vancouver since 1989 to open a five-game road trip.

Brian Boucher stopped 24-of-28 shots before he was replaced by Sergei Bobrovsky, who made 19 saves on 21 shots in relief.

"From the drop of the puck they were all over us," Flyers defenseman Sean O'Donnell said.

Philadelphia hasn't dropped three in a row in regulation since Oct. 14-21 and will also be without forward Jody Shelley, who was suspended for two games after punching Vancouver defenseman Andrew Alberts during a post-whistle scrum. Shelley received a match penalty and his second ban of the month. He also sat out two games for a hit from behind versus Boston on Dec. 11.

The Flyers trail the Penguins by four points for first place in the NHL and Atlantic Division, while the Kings trail the Stars by three points for the top spot in the Pacific Division.

Los Angeles did not help its cause last night, falling 6-3 in Phoenix. The Kings kick off an eight-game homestand this evening and are 5-0-1 at home this month and 13-2-1 on the season. The Flyers are 10-3-3 on the road.

Marco Sturm, Brad Richardson and Ryan Smyth each had a first-period goal for the Kings, who saw a four-game winning streak come to an end.

Jonathan Quick was pulled midway through the second period after giving up six goals on 18 shots. Jonathan Bernier finished the contest in net and stopped all 13 shots he faced.

"We didn't play in any area of the game," said Los Angeles head coach Terry Murray. "They came out and were ready to play from the first shift on."

Bernier was already slated to start this game and faces the Flyers for the first time. He is 3-0 with a 1.67 GAA in three home starts this season.

The Flyers notched a 3-2 victory in Los Angeles last year, giving them a win in four of five and eight of the last 10 meetings. Philly has also come out on top in two of three and five of the past seven at the Staples Center.

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