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Kings can’t ground Flyers, who hand them their 7th loss in 8 games – Daily News

LOS ANGELES — One step forward, one in reverse.

Not much has gone right so far for the Kings this season. They took a record of 3-7-1 into Thursday’s game against the Philadelphia Flyers, and they found out a day earlier that No. 1 goalie Jonathan Quick will be out three to six weeks with a torn meniscus.

But victories can cure what ails a team, and the Kings were looking to make it two in a row after snapping a six-game losing streak on Sunday.

It didn’t happen, though. The Kings seemed to have the momentum when they scored late in the second period to get within a goal. But they could not carry that into the third period, during which the Flyers scored twice on their way to a 5-2 victory at Staples Center.

The Kings (3-8-1, 7 points) have now lost seven of their last eight. The Flyers (6-7-0, 12 points) have won two consecutive games after stopping a three-game losing streak Tuesday at Anaheim.

Leading 3-2, the Flyers got a goal by Claude Giroux – his fourth of the season – at 14:27 of the third. Philadelphia sealed the Kings’ fate when Robert Hagg scored into an empty net at 16:49.

Kings goalie Jack Campbell was responsible for four of the goals, but he played much better than that, stopping 26 shots.

Kings captain Anze Kopitar, who had an assist, talked about why his team wasn’t able to capitalize on the momentum it seemed to have after Ilya Kovalchuk scored at 18:41 of the second period to get the Kings within 3-2.

“I mean, we thought we played good in the third period,” he said. “At least the first half of the third we had some good chances and just couldn’t connect on any of them.

“Obviously, there was a couple of close calls. But at the end of the day, if we want to win games, we’ve gotta find a way to score goals.”

Ivan Provorov gave the Flyers a 1-0 lead when he scored from short range off a sweet centering pass from Dale Weise at 17:35 of the first period.

The Kings were out-shot 13-7 in the period. And that’s with the Kings having two power-play opportunities, the second one a two-man advantage for 95 seconds.

The Kings had no shots on goal on the first power-play, two on the second.

The Kings had two power-play goals in Sunday’s victory over the New York Rangers, but they still entered the game with one of the worst power plays in the league with a success rate of just 13.2 percent.

The Kings tied the score at 1-1 on a power-play goal by Jeff Carter, his third goal of the season, at 10:04 of the second period. Carter knocked in a rebound of his own shot, with assists going to Kopitar and Kovalchuk.

Undaunted, the Flyers went back ahead 2-1 just 49 seconds later when former King Wayne Simmonds scored his seventh of the season at 10:53, the goal beating Campbell into the upper left corner.

There were some boos.

Carter wasn’t one bit happy that his team gave up a goal so quickly after it tied the score.

“It’s frustrating,” he said. “Whoever it is, you go out and you get a goal that puts you back in the game and then you give one up. … The way things are going right now for us, we need to stick together and use that positive momentum to our advantage. We’re getting it and we’re giving it right back.”

Carter praised Campbell.

“‘Soup’ was great, he’s been great for us every game,” he said.

Carter said turnovers and forced plays “and just sloppy hockey in our own end is resulting in a lot of goals-against. And ‘Soup’ had to make some really big saves for us.”

Then, at 14:05 of the second, Oskar Lindblom netted his third goal of the season from point-blank range for a 3-1 Philadelphia cushion. The Kings challenged the goal. But it was upheld when it was ruled the puck touched Lindblom’s skate and then Kings defenseman Sean Walker’s stick almost simultaneously.

The cheers returned when Kovalchuk scored his fourth at 18:41 of the second off an assist from Carter and the Kings were within 3-2.

Kings coach John Stevens touched on the lost opportunity to keep things rolling in the third.



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