Jonathan Quick, Kings Snap Flyers Win Streak

December 18, 2017  (9:35 PM)

"The Philadelphia Flyers tried to become the first team since the 1966-67 Toronto Maple Leafs to win seven games in a row following a 10-game losing streak, but came up short in a 4-1 loss to the Los Angeles Kings on Monday night.
Defenseman Alec Martinez opened up the scoring with his third goal of the season just 5:27 into the opening period. Torrey Mitchell won a faceoff back to Martinez who ripped a one-timer up and over the left shoulder of Brian Elliott. Taylor Leier was stationed in the slot and the shot may have grazed him on the way by, but there was no doubt he was In Elliott's field of vision.
The Kings doubled their lead at 16:46, moments after the Flyers couldn't convert on a rather productive power play opportunity. Jake Muzzin caught the Flyers in transition and got the puck quickly through the neutral zone up to Nick Shore. Robert Hagg overcommitted to Shore which left Trevor Lewis open where he snapped the puck just over Elliott's glove hand from the right faceoff dot.
The Flyers got another power play shortly after the Lewis goal as Scott Laughton drew his second penalty of the night. They only needed 15 seconds to convert when Claude Giroux's shot from the left circle hit the shins of Drew Doughty and went right to the stick Jakub Voracek in the opposite circle where he fired it past Jonathan Quick. Shayne Gostisbehere picked up another special teams point with the secondary assist on Voracek's eighth goal of the year, ending a 10-game goal drought.
The second period did not provide any goals, but it did give us a pair of injured defenseman. Christian Folin left the game with an upper-body injury and did not return. Shayne Gostisbehere left the game and headed to the locker room with hand or wrist problem, but he was able to return to the ice.
The Flyers got another power play early in the third period and did everything but put the puck into the Kings net. At 4:48, Dustin Brown found Adrian Kempne as he came out of the penalty box and he drove the zone and fired a shot through traffic from the right dot that hit off the arm of Elliott and got in behind him.
Two minutes later, Drew Doughty flicked the puck under the arm of Elliott with Brown in the crease. Dave Hakstol quickly challenged the play for goaltender interference and after a short review, the call was overturned and the goal was taken off the board.
The Kings did get their fourth goal of the game at 15:31 as Tyler Toffoli skated between Andrew MacDonald and Ivan Provorov and beat Elliott to the glove side with a snap shot for his 16th goal on the year.
The Flyers were the better team for much of the night, but the bottom line was Jonathan Quick was able to make more big saves, especially while the Kings were shorthanded, than Brian Elliott. Elliott has been fantastic over the past two weeks, but he certainly looked like a goaltender who could use a break after making eight straight starts. "

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