Game 56: Doughnut's quick, Quick's doughnut
Game 56: Kings 1, Flyers 0
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The last time the Kings beat the Flyers in Philadelphia, they went to the Stanley Cup Finals.
Philadelphia may be the City of Brotherly Love, but it hasn't been kind to the Kings. In fact, the Kings haven't won in regulation there since 1993. The last win came in 2003, when the Kings won in overtime.
But if this season has been anything, it's been one for surprises. Like the shutout in Detroit, Sunday's performance by Quick is considered to be huge, as in a defining moment of the season. After all, we are talking about one of the best teams in the league this season.
For once, the Kings struck quickly, when Drew Doughty scored off the faceoff with 17 seconds gone to give the Kings a 1-0 lead, and the only goal of the game. Between Doughty's goal and when the horn sounded at the end of the game, there was some frenetic action going on.
Quick endured 25 shots in the last two periods, including killing off five penalties to insure the victory. And now the stats are starting to reflect the real story in the standings. The Kings are that good, and the main reason for it is the play of Quick. The Kings' offense is middling, to say the least. But Quick and that defensive core has shown they can play with just about anyone.
The Flyers kept attacking in waves and waves, but the defense held firm. Doughty led all skaters in ice time, followed close behind by Willie Mitchell. That tandem needs a nickname.
And while it's great the Kings won in a shootout, it must be noted: the offense is still sucking out loud. What would I do? Wait it out. These kids are still gaining the experience of the grind of 82 games. and need to build that stamina to match their potential. And that's why all the pundits have said the Kings are doing it right, something they have never done in the history of the team. And something fans aren't used to.
So, don't miss the forest for the trees, Kings fans. These pieces will pay off soon, they just need time.
• AP: Quick stops 40 in Kings’ 1-0 win vs. Flyers
The Kings have been on an impressive roller-coaster ride. They started the season 12-3, then lost seven of eight. They recovered to win nine of 12, then dropped 10 of 12. Now, they have won seven of nine thanks to a big effort from a well-rested Quick.• LA Times: Kings continue impressive trip with 1-0 victory over Flyers
Jonathan Quick stopped 40 shots for his sixth shutout this season, keeping the Kings' goals-against total at a league-low 132. The Kings killed off four disadvantages Sunday, including a 20-second five-on-three Flyers power play in the second period, and have killed 26 of 27 disadvantages over their last eight games.• LAKings.com: Kings show prowess in Philly
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.• NHL.com: Quick turns aside 40 shots to shutout Flyers
It was the Kings' first win in Philadelphia since March 23, 2000, when they earned a 3-2 overtime victory. They hadn't won in regulation in Philadelphia since April 1, 1993, when the Flyers played at the Spectrum.They said it
“Usually, when we’re up by a goal in the third, we kind of sit back and let them take it to us. They obviously, maybe, a little bit outplayed us in the third, but we were still trying to create opportunities. We had some chances and their goalie came up with some big saves, so I think that was the difference. We didn’t sit back and let them play against us.” – Drew Doughty, on shutting down the Flyers after they scored the goal.
“The penalty killers did a great job, and I thought Quickie made some huge stops, obviously. 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.” – Anze Kopitar, on the lengthy penalty kill.
"Whenever you come into this rink, it’s always a good game here. 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.”– Jonathan Quick, on the game.
"This was a big confidence-builder for us right now. The last two or three weeks we've been playing good hockey. At first we weren't winning, and now that we are, it's just a big confidence booster at the right time, because we flat-out need the points." – Rob Scuderi, about the recent good play.
"You’ve got a big challenge when you come into this building. You’ve got, maybe, the best teams in the National Hockey League. They’re one of the best scoring teams, one of the best defensive teams, and solid through their lineup. So you have to come out ready to play. You’ve got to be energized and enthusiastic and have some fun in a game like this, because it’s a real test as to who you are as a player.” – Terry Murray, on the game.