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Postgame/Rank the Players: Kings Hang On For Dear Life, 2-1

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LA cruises through two periods, but they finally look vulnerable as the Flyers mount a huge third-period push.

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It wasn't perfect, but after laying waste to Canada, I'm willing to let the Los Angeles Kings off the hook for making us a little nervous today. Nonetheless, it's another victory!

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Sometimes you make your own luck. The Kings didn't quite have the bounces going their way today, but neither did the Philadelphia Flyers, so they had to work hard for a win. To their credit, they did all they needed to do; they scored on two perfect shots by Dwight King and Drew Doughty, then had a goaltender who made opposing shooters do this:

Jonathan Quick had a great night, and he got just enough help from his defensemen. In particular, Brayden McNabb got a lot of praise on the broadcast for strong defensive play and effective use of his stick, while Doughty had a power play blast in the first and stopped back-to-back 2-on-1 breaks in the third. And they were the two lowest defensemen in terms of possession! A balanced effort by the blueliners, then, and a number of other factors led to LA's fifth straight win. Stay tuned for the recap.