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Instant Replay: Kings 1, Flyers 0 (OT)

Instant Replay: Kings 1, Flyers 0 (OT)

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Michal Neuvirth stood on his head for more than 60 minutes, but his unblemished afternoon came undone in overtime.

Jeff Carter notched the game-winning goal against his former team as the Los Angeles Kings beat the Flyers, 1-0, in overtime Saturday afternoon at Wells Fargo Center. Carter's goal, which came 2:35 into the extra period, came after Neuvirth had robbed him earlier in the game.

Dave Hakstol’s club played another offensively conservative game with a one-man forecheck and not allowing its defense to pinch which kept the game both tight and scoreless. It was a very competitive effort again.

Neuvirth had some outstanding saves to keep the Flyers in a game, simply because of the Flyers' turnovers and lack of quality scoring chances. Instead, it was the Kings that had the majority of the chances throughout the contest.

Neuvirth’s second period glove save on Dustin Brown was highlight material after a Jakub Voracek turnover in the high slot (see video).

Best check
Radko Gudas' hit checked Kevin Gravel over the side boards into Steve Mason’s lap on Flyers bench. Mason laughed (see video). Gudas came off the ice seconds later and tapped Mason on the head as if to say, ‘sorry pal, couldn’t resist it.’

Goalie report
Neuvirth had to make three saves off turnovers directly in front of him in the first period, alone. Peter Budaj came into the game having allowed just three goals during the Kings four-game win streak and recorded his NHL-leading seventh shutout. He didn’t face quite the same shot difficulty that Neuvirth did. Besides Brown, Neuvirth denied Tanner Pearson’s backhander at the post with 4:24 left in regulation. 

Power play
Ivan Provorov’s turnover on the Flyers' first opportunity at their bench led to a too many men on the ice call and the PP was over before it started. Their second chance in the third period to break the 0-0 tie was a disaster with puck fumbles and LA clears.

Penalty kill
It was very strong in the first period, attacking the puck and pressuring with three zone clears. Kings were 0 for 2, just like the Flyers.

Fights
Major scrum after Neuvirth was speared in the chest by Kyle Clifford in the second period but no fight or penalties.

Scratches
Defensemen Michael Del Zotto (leg/bone bruise) and Shayne Gostisbehere (healthy); forward Travis Konecny (healthy).

Up next
Flyers will practice Sunday at Skate Zone at 11 a.m. They’ll host the St. Louis Blues on Monday night at the Wells Fargo Center.

Wayne Simmonds misses out on Mark Messier Leadership Award to Deryk Engelland

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Wayne Simmonds misses out on Mark Messier Leadership Award to Deryk Engelland

Wayne Simmonds narrowly missed out on becoming the first Flyer to win the Mark Messier Leadership Award. Golden Knights defenseman Deryk Engelland took home the honors Wednesday night in Las Vegas. 

The award, chosen by Messier himself, is presented to the player who exemplifies great leadership qualities to his team, on and off the ice during the regular season and who plays a leading role in his community growing the game of hockey.

Simmonds was named a finalist through his extensive work in the community. The Flyers' forward has hosted a military unit in his private suite during every Flyers home game while also serving on the board of directors for the Ed Snider Youth Hockey Foundation.

Simmonds' philantropy also extends to his hometown of Scarborough, Ontario, where he has hosted Wayne's Road Hockey Warriors each summer over the past six years.

Engelland is the first player never to wear the ‘C’ to win the Mark Messier Leadership Award, which was first presented in 2007. Previous winners include Sidney Crosby, Jonathan Toews and Shea Weber.  

Engelland’s award marked a big night for the expansion Golden Knights franchise. Gerard Gallant took home the Jack Adams Award as Coach of the Year, William Karlsson claimed the Lady Byng Memorial Trophy recognizing the player who exhibits the highest standard of sportsmanship and gentlemanly conduct, and George McPhee was named the GM of the Year.

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Sean Couturier finishes 2nd to Anze Kopitar for Selke Trophy

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Sean Couturier finishes 2nd to Anze Kopitar for Selke Trophy

Flyers center Sean Couturier finished second to Kings center Anze Kopitar for the Frank J. Selke Trophy as the NHL’s top defensive forward presented Wednesday night in Las Vegas. 

Couturier was looking to become the third Flyer to win the award after Dave Poulin in 1987 and Bobby Clarke in 1983.  

The Flyers' top center was edged out by Kopitar, who also won the award in 2016. Four-time Selke winner Patrice Bergeron was third after missing a significant time with a broken foot.

Kopitar finished with 1,152 points with 70 first-place votes to Couturier’s 976 and 37 first-place votes.

Couturier elevated his game in 2017-18, proving to be one of the best all-around centers in the league, scoring 31 goals with 76 points while also finishing third in the NHL with a plus-34 rating.

Kopitar and Couturier also finished 1-2 in minutes played among forwards.

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