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Defiant Flyers turn back late charge by Kings

THE Philadelphia Flyers survived a third-period onslaught by the Los Angeles Kings to hold on for a 3-2 victory on Wednesday.

Jarret Stoll scored to give Los Angeles a 1-0 lead with seconds remaining in the first period before Mika Pyorala and Mike Richards put the Flyers up 2-1 in the second.

Flyers rookie James van Riemsdyk put in a backhand to give the visitors a 3-1 lead in the third, but Drew Doughty scored on a powerplay to pull the Kings within one with 7:51 left.

Philadelphia cleared a last-gasp shot off its goal-line to preserve the win, with backup goaltender Brian Boucher facing 21 shots in the final period.

"I didn't think we had our ?A game' by any means, but good teams find a way to grind it out and get a win," Flyers coach John Stevens told reporters. "That's what we did tonight."

In other National Hockey League games, it was: Panthers 6, Sabres 2; Stars 3, Red Wings 1; Coyotes 3, Wild 2; and Oilers 6, Avalanche 4.

In Los Angeles, the Kings (13-8-2), second in the Pacific Division standings behind the San Jose Sharks, also announced Ryan Smyth, their second-leading points scorer, would be sidelined for a month with an upper-body injury.

"It's very unfortunate that you lose a player that's an important player for your team, that's going to be out up to that length of time," said Kings coach Terry Murray.

"But you know, you take a look around the league, there's all kinds of injuries to top players. It's part of the game."

Anze Kopitar, who leads the Kings in points scoring, was held without a goal for a fifth successive game.

The Flyers opened a five-game road trip with their seventh win in eight games.

In Buffalo, New York, Michael Frolik scored twice, and Dominic Moore and Rostislav Olesz had a goal and an assist each as Florida routed Buffalo.

Tomas Vokoun made 26 saves, while Stephen Weiss and Cory Stillman also scored for the Panthers, who have gone 6-2-1 after a slow start to the season.

For Buffalo, Drew Stafford and Clarke MacArthur scored as the Sabres winning streak was stopped at three.


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