Philadelphia have passed two-hundred powerplay opportunities, the first team to do this year, with 203. Sadly, their conversion rate is down at 18.23%, a reason why they have struggled of late including one win in their last six, and that form continued today in Los Angeles.
The Kings, who are only four points behind the Flyers, go a fifth straight game without defeat after peppering Parent in his goal with fifty-one shots. Irvine (13) scored twice in the first period and after Sutherland (20), who leads the way in terms of goals and points for the Flyers, scored the second frame's only goal it was 2-1. It was all about the Kings in the final period with goals from Gray (7), Flett (21), R Lemieux (8) and Joyal (18) wraping up his own four-point night.
Pittsburgh looked to keep pace with LA for that playoff berth in the West and jumped out to a 2-0 lead just 5:40 in through Ubriaco (8) and Stratton (15) with both goals coming on the man advantage. St Louis were even before the intermission, Ecclestone (8) scoring at 15:38 and McKenney (9) tying the game at 2-2 soon after. A scoreless second period followed before the Blues, who have one loss in their last five, move six points clear of the Flyers thanks to B McCreary (19) and Cameron (6) blowing the game open in the space of twenty-five seconds. This leaves the Penguins 3-6-0 in their last nine and are three points back of the Kings.
PHI Parent (15-17-4 .893) 45/51, Powerplay 0/7
LAK Sawchuk (6-11-4 .894) 18/19, Powerplay 1/6
StL Hall (17-13-7 .895) 27/29, Powerplay 1/6
PIT Bassen (7-10-4 .906) 36/40, Powerplay 2/3
|Toronto Maple Leafs||54||30||19||5||65|
|Detroit Red Wings||55||27||22||6||60|
|New York Rangers||54||20||25||9||49|
|St Louis Blues||54||25||19||10||60|
|Minnesota North Stars||55||20||23||12||52|
|Los Angeles Kings||56||21||27||8||50|