PHILADELPHIA, PA - OCTOBER 15: Mike Richards #10 of the Los Angeles Kings controls the puck against Andreas Lilja #6 of the Philadelphia Flyers on October 15, 2011 at Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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PHILADELPHIA -- Mike Richards' return to the Wells Fargo Center probably went about as well as he could've liked. A beauty of a game-winning assist will do that, you know? The former Flyers captain was booed every single time he touched the puck after an initial reaction of mostly cheers, and his Kings left the building and ended their long road trip with a 3-2 overtime win.
Chris Pronger on the fan reaction to Richards: "They showed their appreciation... and then got over it quickly."
But the story wasn't really Richards tonight. Instead, it was the penalties. My God, the penalties. There were 14 separate power plays on the night -- eight for the Kings, six for the Flyers. When we get the chances data on this game, we're probably going to find an inordinate number in the Flyers favor, especially in the first two periods.
Jon Quick was fantastic, though, and the Flyers weren't able to capitalize. The Kings hung around and took the lead on Justin Williams' second goal before Matt Carle tied it up again, but really, with the number of chances the Flyers had, this one never should've been close enough to get to OT.
Blame Quick for that. He stole his team an extra point tonight, and deserves credit for it. In the meantime, the penalties have to stop, even if the officials were a little quick with the whistle tonight. That's two straight games where the Flyers took a ton of penalties, and that's not all the fault of the zebras.
Oh well. In the grand scheme of things, against a very good Los Angeles team, the Flyers got a point. They have seven of those in four games. We'll be alright.
Questions with Answers
- What's Mike Richards do tonight? And Gagne? Game winning assist, how's that sound? And several chances. Gagne had an assist.
- The Kings are on the final game of a really, really long road trip that went to Europe and back. They're flying to Los Angeles after the game tonight. Can the Flyers catch them looking forward to the flight a bit? They definitely seemed a little sluggish at the start, but the Flyers didn't really take advantage on the scoreboard. LA seemed to get their legs as the game progressed.
- Danny Briere is the one potent offensive player that really has yet to make an impact for the Flyers. Can he break out of that a bit tonight? He scored. Everybody rejoice.
- The Flyers power play really got going the other night, but the penalty kill left a bit to be desired. How do the special teams look this evening? PP still looks good, but them not converting on a few prime chances was probably the difference between one point and two points tonight.
- Jagr needs a goal. I'm calling it tonight. This isn't a question as much as an opportunity to call me an idiot come 9:45 tonight. Idiot.
Comment of the Night
FUCK YOU JACK JOHNSON. YOUR MUSIC SUCKS
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