Flyers Crowned by Kings, 5-3

The Philadelphia Flyers (22-13-5) went into the Staples Center to battle the lowly Los Angeles Kings (17-21-4) in the midst of their holiday road swing.

The Kings made it a not so Happy New Year Eve with a 4-0 first period explosion.

Just 1:53 in, Kyle Clifford beat beleaguered Brian Elliott on a wrister and the Kings took over the kingdom.

It took all of 1:26 to elapse before the lead went to 2-0 thanks to Alex Iafallo who redirected an Anze Kopitar pass

The Kings had their mojo and pushed it to 3-0 at 8:54 off a tally from Tyler Toffoli who batted a rebound behind Elliott.

The carnage continued with an Adrian Kempe short-handed goal which ended the first with LA in command, 4-0.

Brian Elliott was pulled after allowing the four goals on 15 shots.

Neither team was able to light the lamp in the middle stanza and the score remained lopsided for the Kings.

Philly finally solved Kings netminder, Jonathan Quick (32 saves) on a Claude Giroux power-play goal but Martin Eck had an answer to keep the Kings lead at four.

Justin Braun (1g,1a) and, after a seven-game absence, Scott Laughton closed the book on the 5-3 contest.

Blue Lines: Los Angeles went 3 for 3 on the man up and threw in the shorthanded goal. The Kings came into action on a dismal 1 of 13 man advantage.

Conversely, Philadelphia had killed off 12 of 13 opportunities.

Possible disciplinary action may be levied against Los Angeles’ Kurtis McDermid who laid a head hit on Ivan Provorov.

No penalty was called but the Philadelphia bench was livid.

Carter Hart made 13 saves and allowed the one goal in his 40-minute relief appearance.

Philadelphia falls to 9-11–1 with a negative 25 goal differential in road games.

By: Kevin Neibauer

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Gary Groob
Gary Groob

Gary Groob has been involved with Lacrosse for the majority of his life, whether playing, coaching, or covering the sport for the media.

An avid fan, with a real drive about helping to “grow the game”, Gary became part of podcasts about the game in 2010. Through the podcasts, Mr. Groob was given an opportunity to write about lacrosse, and the rest as they say, is history.

Through many miles (flying and driving) Gary has made inroads with the National Lacrosse League, Major Series Lacrosse League, the Ontario Lacrosse Association, as well as the Arena Lacrosse League, covering the leagues, their teams, and players, working for, and in concert with all of them.

In the year 2020, Mr. Groob was made the media person for the Arena Lacrosse League, voted onto the board of directors of the Brampton Excelsiors Lacrosse Club, as well as being made administrator of the Lacrosse page “Global Lacrosse” with a membership of 9000 members in over 90 Countries. Gary was also made an administrator of Lacrosse History Past Present and Future in 2022.

Mr. Groob co-hosts a weekly Lacrosse show on Spanglish Sports World, and ZingoTV channel 250, as well as writes a weekly lacrosse column for La Portada Canada News (both in print, and online).

Gary also hosts a Lacrosse talk show and podcast for The Edge of Philly Sports Network, seen live Sunday nights at 9pm (ET), and archived on the Edge of Philly YouTube page, as well as Spotify.

Mr. Groob’s other sports interests include Hockey, Football, Boxing, Wrestling, and Baseball, competing competitively in Boxing and Wrestling for many years.

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