Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) -posted two goals and two assists to lead the in a 7-4 defeat of the . added a career-high three assists for the Flyers, who snapped a two-game slide. 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 goaltenderallowed six goals on 22 shots before being pulled in the second period. He was replaced by , who stopped 5- of-6 shots the rest of the way. scored twice for Los Angeles, which has dropped two in a row. The game was even after the first period, in which Smyth and lit the lamp for the Kings, and and Richards tallied for the Flyers.
But Philadelphia took control with a dominant second period, in which they scored four goals.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,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.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.
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