After the 2nd period:
Philadelphia Flyers 6, Kings 4
The good: Searching… searching… reaching… reaching. Ah, something good to write about. The Kings scored two power-play goals during the penalty-infested second period, the first courtesy of a slap shot from defenseman Jack Johnson, which briefly brought the Kings back to within a goal. Johnson came into the game tied for seventh in the league in power-play points with 17. Dustin Brown got the second after he redirected a slap shot from Drew Doughty into the net. The Kings not only have two power-play goals, but the other came during a delayed penalty.
The bad: Well, for starters, the Kings gave up four goals in the second period, the second straight night they’ve allowed a four-goal period. Oddly, they produced back-to-back four-goal periods on Sunday and Monday. For the second consecutive night, the Kings also had to pull their starting goalie in the second period. This time it was Jonathan Bernier, who knows how Jonathan Quick felt when he passed him on the ice Wednesday night in Phoenix. If Kings coach Terry Murray could replace his entire defensive unit with the kids from Manchester, he’d probably do it in an instant. To their defense, the Kings were whistled for four penalties in the second period, which led to a pair of 5-on-3s for the Flyers. The Michal Handzus-Kyle Clifford-Wayne Simmonds line has been on the ice for much of the ugliness, holding a minus-three rating to this point.
The in between: Searching… searching… reaching… reaching. Ah, the Kings have two four-goal periods in the last three games, so they’re definitely capable of a comeback in this score-fest. Not only that, but they’re facing a goalie who hasn’t played since last spring. Michael Leighton’s legs are probably getting a little heavy about now. Brown's goal was huge as it cut a three-goal deficit to two.