The Associated PressPHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Los Angeles Kings have that winning feeling right now, and they don’t want to let it go.
Tyler Toffoli scored the clinching goal in a shootout to lead Los Angeles to a 3-2 victory over Philadelphia on Thursday night, snapping the Flyers’ eight-game winning streak.
Adrian Kempe and Austin Wagner scored in regulation for Los Angeles, which won its third straight and fourth in five games.
“Just the feeling of winning hockey games, it’s the best feeling as a hockey player in the world,” Kings defenseman Drew Doughty said. “When you do it, you want to keep having that feeling every single night. Before the game we said, ‘Let’s have that feeling we had the other night.’ And we got it again. We’re all pumped in here.”
Jonathan Quick made 30 saves for the Kings, who played their fourth contest of a six-game road trip over 10 days. Los Angeles (23-27-4) began Thursday with the worst record in the Western Conference, six points out of a playoff spot.
“We’re playing with confidence,” Wagner said. “We’re doing a lot of things right, and we’re focusing on the details. Coming out of the break, we knew we had to make a push for playoffs.”
The Kings appeared to have it won in regulation, but Philadelphia’s Jakub Voracek scored with 18.2 seconds left in regulation to send the game to overtime. Philadelphia had the best chance in the extra session when Travis Konecny’s attempt from close range went off the post just over 4 minutes into OT.
The teams needed six shooters in the tiebreaker. After Claude Giroux and Nolan Patrick notched goals in the shootout, it appeared as if the Flyers had won the contest and began celebrating when Los Angeles’ third shooter, Kempe, had his attempt ruled no good by the on-ice official. But it was deemed a goal after a video review showed the puck went into the net.