PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Los Angeles Kings improved their play after blowing a two-goal lead on the road. A little experience goes a long way.
Dwight King scored a tiebreaking goal midway through the third period, leading the Kings to a 3-2 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers on Monday night.
Jeff Carter and Justin Williams scored in the second for the Kings, who won their third straight and 11th in 14 games while remaining in third place in the Pacific Division.
Matt Read and Jakub Voracek had Philadelphia's goals. The Flyers had won five in a row, but they dropped to 12-3-1 in their last 16 games while falling to third place in the Metropolitan Division, one point behind the Rangers.
Los Angeles had a 2-0 lead entering the final period, but Philadelphia tied it at 2 before King's winning score with 9:24 remaining.
"We've been a team that's played together for a lot of years and have been through a lot, so we're a mentally strong team," Kings center Mike Richards said. "We can battle back after that."
The winning goal started with a Flyers turnover just outside their zone. Slava Voynov raced down the right side, creating a 2-on-1 with King. King took Voynov's perfectly placed cross-ice pass and beat Ray Emery high on the stick side on a forehand from close range.
"It settled our game back to where it needed to be and pushed their game down a level," Kings captain Dustin Brown said.
Carter opened the scoring 1:49 into the second period with a wrist shot from the left circle. Alec Martinez took the initial shot from the point, and it deflected off the skate of defenseman Mark Streit and right to Carter.
It looked as if Vincent Lecavalier had tied it a minute later, but his shot to a wide-open net went off the right post, then the crossbar and finally the left post. The goal light went on and the arena horn blared signaling a goal, but officials never stopped play. The officials' no-goal ruling was later upheld by replay.
Williams then scored with 2:31 remaining in the period when he finished a backhander after Emery gave up a bad rebound.
The Kings also had a goal disallowed in the period when Martinez's apparent tally was waved off because Carter cross-checked Kimmo Timonen in front of Emery just prior to Martinez's shot.