The Philadelphia Flyers continued their California road trip on Thursday night with a game against the Los Angeles Kings.
Travis Sanheim was ready to go in his NHL debut.
Michal Neuvirth was huge all game long, and he started with a big save here.
The third line did well to create a scoring chance, but they couldn’t find the back of the net.
The fourth line followed suit, but once again couldn’t find twine.
Shayne Gostisbehere is back to looking like his old self this season.
The Flyers and Kings were scoreless late in the first period, but it looked like the Kings were about to score.
Enter Michal Neuvirth.
That’s a save of the year candidate right there.
The game was scoreless after one period of play.
Gostisbehere kept his strong game going with a nice dangle at center ice.
Michael Raffl made a power move to the net, but Jonathan Quick was there to stop it.
Taylor Leier and Scott Laughton crashed the net as well, but couldn’t find the rebound.
Then the Kings struck.
A neutral zone turnover led to a chance for the Kings, and a nice cross-ice pass to Trevor Lewis past a watching Sanheim opened the scoring.
The Flyers had a chance to tie it on an odd-man rush of their own, but they didn’t get a shot off.
Once again they were stopped on a rush. This time it was Claude Giroux who was stoned by Quick.
But he drew a penalty, and made a valiant effort to keep the puck at the blue line.
Sean Couturier drove the net after a great pass from Jake Voracek, but he didn’t quite get a shot off as he was hacked in front.
Michal Neuvirth continued to make great saves all night long.
Off an Andrew MacDonald deflection.
And then on the penalty kill.
The Flyers trailed 1-0 after two periods of play.
Couturier continued to get chances in front, but he could not convert.
Even Voracek’s rebound attempt was stuffed. Just one of those nights.
Sanheim did well to skate along the line and fire a shot off.
Neuvirth scrambled to keep the Flyers within one.
Don’t touch Ivan Provorov’s goalie.
The Flyers had a few power play chances in the final stanza.
Travis Konecny used his speed to draw a penalty here.
But the Kings put it away on a two-on-one chance.
Neuvirth couldn’t do the impossible to stop this one.
The Flyers lost to the Kings, 2-0.
It was a decent first two games for the orange and black. They’ll close out their California trip on Saturday night in Anaheim.
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