History made in Tinseltown despite the Flyers loss. After the dreadful 10 game losing streak, Philadelphia rebounded with another ten-game streak. This one saw the Flyers acquire at least one point in each of the ten games. All things come to an end and the Los Angeles Kings ended it with a 6-3 victory to celebrate the New Year.
It was the Kings with the historic night highlighted by the 500th Coaching win for Todd McLellan who also acquired wins while coaching Edmonton and San Jose. McLellan becomes the 27th coach with 500 victories. “It’s a good night for me as an individual, but more importantly for the team. The wins are important,” McLellan said. “As people hit milestones, you talk about them, but it’s always about the team.”
To The Action
More history was achieved when Viktor Arvidsson deposited a set-up from Trevor Moore and Phillip Danault with just :12 played. The timing coincided with Wayne Gretzky who accomplished the feat against the Vancouver Canucks back in January 1991. Joel Farabee leveled the score with his 10th of the season and 6th in his last 8 games.
The Kings shrugged it off when Moore (1g, 3a) continued his career-high points night when he bested Martin Jones for his 4th. Help came from Arvidsson (2g, 2a) and Danault (1g, 2a) with 5:33 remaining to end the opening stanza. Philly staring at a 2-1 disadvantage.
Ok, Not So Bad….Yet
Los Angeles seized control when Adrien Kempe picked up the first LA power-play goal in 6 games followed by Brendan Lemieux besting Martin Jones thirteen minutes later. Drew Doughty was the driving force on both tallies and the Kings were set up royally with just 20:00 to go and a 4-1 advantage.
Can Philly Come Back?
The Kings would hand Philadelphia a major opening when Sean Durzi was whistled for hooking Oskar Lindblom at 1:01. followed by Blake Lizotte called for the same infraction against Ivan Provorov just 1:28 later to give the Flyers a two-man advantage.
The comeback was on with Kevin Hayes potting his 3rd with Cam Atkinson and Claude Giroux setting it up at the 2:42 mark to make things interesting, albeit, temporary. Phillip Danault converted from Arvidsson and Moore to snuff out any hope Philly had. Atkinson would pick up his second point at 16:01 when Ivan Provorov netted his fourth to close it to 5-3. Arvidsson capped off his big night with an empty-net goal to set the 6-3 final score. History made in Tinseltown despite the Flyers loss.
Martin Jones stopped 28 of the 33 shots fired by the Kings with Jonathan Quick kicking away 37 tries from Philadelphia. Philly went 1 of 5 on the advantage with LA scoring on one of their three attempts. Philly had the advantage on face-offs, 35-32 with Claude Giroux winning 13 of 22.
Under the Radar- Joel Farabee is starting to open eyes and has now scored 38 times in his 132 games. Martin Jones spoke about the contest. “I thought we played alright for a lot of the game. But giving up a couple of early goals is tough to come back from,” Jones said. Flyers Drop 6-3 contest. Follow Edge of Philly Sports for Flyers coverage.
Kevin has followed and promoted the game of lacrosse since May 19, 1974.
The same day the Philadelphia Flyers won the Cup, the Philadelphia Wings were introduced to Neibauer and Philadelphia.
Kevin has covered many sports, including baseball, football, basketball, and.. lacrosse. A former licensed football referee and baseball umpire, Kevin brings a unique insight to his game coverage.
A published writer in JustHockey Magazine, Kevin covered the American Hockey League as well as a monthly story on a pugilist where Kevin used the pen name, The Rink Rat. Neibauer turned his attentions to lacrosse for a few years and does his part, whether podcasting or writing to grow the game. Kevin branched out to his roots and currently provides insight for all Philadelphia teams for Edge of Philly as well as his full-time duties with LaxPhilly.