Kings, Quick shut out Flyers, 2-0, in opener

Curtis Zupke, Los Angeles Times on

Published in Hockey

LOS ANGELES -- The Staples Center deejay played "Don't Do Me Like That" in an obvious tribute to Tom Petty. Organist Dieter Ruehle tickled out "Running Down A Dream."

The Los Angeles Kings also went with one of their greatest hits.

A lot of new faces were unveiled in their season opener, but goalie Jonathan Quick reminded everyone that he's still the Kings' lead singer. In a welcome contrast to last season's disastrous opener, Quick made 35 saves in a 2-0 win against the Philadelphia Flyers.

"He's unbelievable," Trevor Lewis said of Quick. "He made a couple of highlight reel saves there again. He does it every night. We see it every day in practice. It's almost like you kind of get used to it. It's nice to have him back."

Lewis scored in the second period and Tyler Toffoli in the third as the Kings got the 2017-18 season off to a victorious start under new coach John Stevens.

They did it the hard way. Pinned in their end, the Kings were outshot 17-5 in the third period and killed two of the five Flyers power plays on the night. It was a year ago that Quick suffered a serious groin injury in San Jose to set in motion a drama-filled season that did not result in a playoff berth.

Better vibes marked this opener, after the Kings muddled through a start against a Philadelphia team that looked more organized following its season-opening win Wednesday in San Jose.

The Kings' breakthrough came from their fourth line. Kyle Clifford dropped a pass to Nick Shore and Shore spotted Lewis driving down center ice. Lewis one-timed Shore's pass and the announced crowd of 18,230 fans did their first goal celebration of the season.

Toffoli converted a two-on-one with Jeff Carter with 2:21 remaining. It was the icing on Quick's 45th career shutout.

"That's the way he plays every night," Toffoli said. "It was good that we could score a couple of goals for him."


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