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Adam Kimelman: Lucic scores late, Kings defeat Flyers in shootout
“The Los Angeles Kings acquired Milan Lucic with the hope that he could be a game-changing presence.

So far the power forward has produced. He’s scored a goal in six games, and the Kings have won all six, including a 3-2 shootout victory against the Philadelphia Flyers at Wells Fargo Center on Tuesday.

“Guess I gotta keep it up then, right?” Lucic said.”


Sam Carchidi: Kings slip past Flyers in shootout
“After a wide-open, breathtaking overtime in which both teams had point-blank chances denied by the goalies, the Los Angeles Kings escaped with a 3-2 shootout win over the Flyers on Tuesday night at the Wells Fargo Center.”


Jeff Neiburg: Flyers fall to the Kings, 3-2, in shootout
“Coming into the 2015-16 season, it was obvious there would be certain nights that the Flyers’ top line and goalie Steve Mason would need to win games for them.

That almost happened Tuesday, but Los Angeles’ Milan Lucic tallied a heartbreaking, game-tying goal with 55.7 seconds left in regulation to send the game to overtime.”


Dave Isaac: Flyers may have found a groove despite shootout loss
“More than a month into the season, the Flyers keep thinking they may have found that one moment that may send them on a consistent streak for a stretch of games.

Through it all, they’ve looked a lot like last year…playing quite well against the top teams and, uh, not so well against the teams in the basement of the standings.”


Tim Riday: Flyers stay positive after blowing lead late in SO loss to Kings
“They just couldn’t close it out.

After hanging with one of the best teams in the Western Conference for 59 minutes and building two separate leads, the Flyers buckled under pressure, surrendering a game-tying goal with just 55 seconds remaining in the third period.”

Tim Riday: Flyers ‘don’t know why’ Brayden Schenn’s goal didn’t count
“I don’t know why that wasn’t a goal,” Voracek said after the Flyers’ 3-2 shootout loss at the Wells Fargo Center. “Schenner (Brayden) was lying on the ice. I don’t think it’s possible to try to kick the puck when you are lying on the ground. But it is what it is.”

Tim Riday: Instant Replay: Kings 3, Flyers 2 (SO)
“This is a tough place to be,” Gagne said. “The fans are so into it and I was here for 12 years, only two years in L.A., one in Boston, and one in Tampa. So I have a better taste of what’s going on here in Philly, but at the same time every time you jump on the ice, especially in the playoffs the crowd is so into it and they give you energy even when you have a hard time. They are going to push you and help you and they’re very loyal.”

Bobby Whittle: 10 observations from Flyers-Kings
“9. To no one’s surprise, Jeff Carter was booed. What was actually surprising was his failing to produce a point against his former club.

Carter started the night as a point-per-game player, with 17 in 17 entering Tuesday. His shot during the shootout was saved by Mason.”


Charlie O’Connor: 10 things we learned from a tough shootout loss

Adrian Kempe

#9 | 6′ 2″ | 195 lb | Age: 21

Born: September 13, 1996
Birthplace: Kramfors, SWE
Position: LW
Handedness: Left


Kempe was selected by the Kings in the first round (29th overall) in the 2014 NHL Draft.

Alex Iafallo

#19 | 6′ | 185 lb | Age: 23

Born: December 21, 1993
Birthplace: Eden, NY, USA
Position: C
Handedness: Left


Iafallo was signed by the Kings as an unrestricted free agent on April 18, 2017.

Anze Kopitar

#11 | 6′ 3″ | 224 lb | Age: 29

Born: August 24, 1987
Birthplace: Jesenice, SVN
Position: C
Handedness: Left


As the 11th overall pick in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft, Kopitar became the first Slovenian to play in the NHL. Kopitar has spent his entire NHL career with the Kings, and following the 2015–16 season, was named the Kings’ captain. Noted for both his offensive and defensive play, Kopitar was awarded the Frank J. Selke Trophy as the best defensive forward in the NHL in 2016.

Drew Doughty

#8 | 6′ 1″ | 195 lb | Age: 26

Born: December 8, 1989
Birthplace: London, ON, CAN
Position: D
Handedness: Right


Bio: Doughty is a Canadian defenceman who was selected second overall by the Kings in the 2008 Draft. Doughty made his NHL debut in 2008 as an 18-year-old and was named to the All-Rookie Team. He is a two-time Stanley Cup champion with the Kings, a two-time Olympic gold medallist with the Canadian national team, and a Norris Trophy finalist.

Jeff Carter

#77 | 6′ 4″ | 215 lb | Age: 31

Born: January 1, 1985
Birthplace: London, ON, CAN
Position: C
Handedness: Right


Carter began his hockey career playing in the Ontario Hockey League in Canada before joining the AHL and playing for the Philadelphia Flyers. He was then traded to the Colombus Blue jackets before joining the LA Kings in 2012, where he has since won two Stanley Cups with the Kings.

Jonathan Quick

#32 | 6′ 1″ | 218 lb | Age: 30

Born: January 21, 1986
Birthplace: Milford, CT, USA
Position: G
Handedness: Left


Bio: Quick is the current goaltender for the LA Kings and was selected by Los Angeles at the 2005 NHL Entry Draft. Previously, Quick was a silver medalist with USA at the 2010 Winter Olympics. He’s won two Stanley Cup championships with the Kings, along with being the most recent goaltender to be awarded the Conn Smythe Trophy as the Most Valuable Player (MVP) of the 2012 Stanley Cup playoffs.