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O'Sullivan, Brown help Kings end home slide

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O'Sullivan, Brown help Kings end home slide

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LOS ANGELES (Ticker) -- Captain Dustin Brown took it upon
himself to end the Los Angeles Kings' home losing streak.

Patrick O'Sullivan scored the decisive goal in the shootout and
Brown sealed the win with a tally the third round as the Kings
posted a 2-1 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers on Saturday.

Wayne Simmonds tallied in regulation and fellow rookie Jonathan
Quick made 31 saves for the Kings, who had gone 0-2-2 in their
previous four games at Staples Center.

"The whole team worked hard and they deserve to win," Quick
said. "They had some good chances, but our defense played well
in front of me and they let me see all of the shots and cleared
out all of the rebounds, so it made it a bit easier."

"Quick has played very well in all the games he's played," Los
Angeles coach Terry Murray said. "He had a couple shutouts, a
one-goal game against Columbus, and then in the shootout
tonight, he's facing some of the elite players in the game. He
did a great job, and it's a confidence-booster. I can't speak
for him, but I can imagine that he's feeling pretty good about
himself.

Scott Hartnell scored and Antero Niittymaki turned aside 30
shots for Philadelphia, which has gone 2-0-1 since beginning its
six-game road trip with regulation losses at Chicago and
Columbus.

"I thought the pace was really high and the goaltending was
strong," Flyers coach John Stevens said. "I think it's great to
see our hockey team come out and respond on the road after the
way we started."

"Those two games, Columbus and Chicago, we played those games
bad," Philadelphia defenseman Kimmo Timonen said. "That's not
our team. We had a meeting after those two games and said, 'We
have to start playing the way we can play.' We played well
today."

Kings rookie defenseman Drew Doughty gave the Flyers a golden
opportunity to take the lead late in the first period when he
hooked Hartnell from behind during a breakaway. But Hartnell
failed to convert the ensuing penalty shot, unleashing a
backhander high and wide of the net with 1:40 remaining in the
session.

Hartnell did manage to net the game's first goal, however.
Alone on the right side of the net, the 26-year-old received a
pass from the right hash marks by Scottie Upshall and fired the
puck past Quick at 3:01 for his 15th tally of the season.

Simmonds forged a tie late in the session with a power-play
goal, wristing the puck between the pads of Niittymaki from the
top of the left faceoff circle with 3:55 remaining for his third
tally.

Neither team was able to surge ahead in the third period and,
after a scoreless overtime, O'Sullivan gave Los Angeles the edge
in the first round of the shootout, beating Niittymaki high to
the glove side.

Quick made a glove save on Jeff Carter on Philadelphia's first
attempt and, after Anze Kopitar was stopped by Niittymaki in the
second round, denied Flyers captain Mike Richards' backhander.

Brown then clinched the win by firing the puck under the
crossbar, improving the Kings to 2-4 in the bonus format this
season.

"The main thing is, the two points for us were huge," Brown
said. "The race in the (Western Conference) is so tight that
these are really playoff-type games for us."

"It was a much-needed two points for us," Murray added. "We
played a good team tonight. We know they are banged up, but the
bottom line is that you have to try and win, and we found a way
to get two points."

Afterward, Brown praised the play of Quick.

"He made some big saves in regulation," Brown said. "You look
at the shootout and you've got the leading goal-scorer in the
league (in Carter) and a pretty good shooter in Mike Richards,
so he answered the bell for us."

The win was Los Angeles' first at home over Philadelphia since
October 21, 2003.

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