Jeff Carter made his return to Philadelphia last night after being traded to the Blue Jackets nearly three years ago. Since then, he was traded again to the Kings reuniting him with Mike Richards and they won the Stanley Cup together, not too shabby. The icing on the cake? Carter scored in his return in route to a 3-2 Kings victory.
LA outshot the Flyers 41-32 so Ray Emery made 38 saves for the Flyers while Jonathan Quick stopped 30 for LA. The quick response is to say the Flyers left Emery out to dry, but that’s not necessarily the case. LA is team that gets the puck around and everyone shoots. All but one of the Kings’ skaters fired a shot and all but five fired at least two. Emery made some great saves, but it wasn’t enough. The Flyers actually won the turnover battle, taking away nine compared to LA’s six. The difference was defense and when your defense is anchored by Jonathan Quick, it’s a tough one to break through.
My real concern was the passing I saw last night. Sure they were accurate but no one on the Flyers could handle them right. Did they forget the most important thing about hockey:
I wanted to use the “Soft Hands” scene here but it’s not on YouTube. Come on internet, you’re better than that.
The regulation loss combined with a Rangers win flip-flops the two teams in the Metropolitan standings; Rangers in 2nd with 84 points and Flyers in 3rd with 83. The good news is that these two teams meet tomorrow night at the Garden for their final matchup of the season. The puck drops at 8pm and the entire nation will watching as this is NBCSN’s Wednesday Night Rivalry.