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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