If Flyers fans booed every time Jeff Carter touched the puck Monday, it must have sounded like music to his ears. With extra zip in his step if not revenge in his heart for the acrimonious end to his tenure with the Flyers, Carter scored the Kings' first goal in his first game back at the Wells Fargo Center. Another former Flyer longer removed, Justin Williams, scored the second goal of the Kings' eventual 3-2 victory. "There's an added incentive any time you play your former team, especially the way things ended here," Williams said of Carter, who didn't speak to the media after the game. "I know he wanted this game bad. He played well. He used his wheels well. He did what he was capable of." So did the Kings, who have won three straight games. They prevailed on a goal by winger Dwight King, who has no link to the Flyers other than now being reviled for ending their five-game winning streak. A turnover by the Flyers allowed defenseman Slava Voynov to dash up the right side, with King to his left and only one defender back. Voynov passed to King, whose shot from the left circle eluded goaltender Ray Emery at 10 minutes 36 seconds of the third period. That restored the Kings' command of a game they had dominated and led, 2-0, but had to fight back to reclaim. "We had the better of them for the first 40 minutes. Five, six minutes into the third period, for them to tie it up, not too happy about it," Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick said. "Especially because I thought we were outplaying them." The Kings had to kill off a 30-second five-on-three Flyers power play in the second period and felt wronged when they lost an apparent goal at 13:38 to a cross-checking penalty on Carter. That made the outcome that much sweeter. "Sometimes, you feel it was justice," Williams said. Carter, who was traded from the Flyers to the Columbus Blue Jackets and then to the Kings, scored on a one-timer at 1:49 of the second period. The Kings then got a fortunate carom when a shot from deep on the right side by Vincent Lecavalier hit the right post, the crossbar and the left post but stayed out, a ruling that was reviewed and upheld. "I don't know if I can remember one like that," Quick said. "Big stroke of luck there for that to happen." After the Kings killed off a series of penalties, Williams gave them a 2-0 lead at 17:29 of the second period when Emery fumbled the rebound of a shot by Robyn Regehr. "It's a bad goal," Emery said. "I've got to control that rebound."
Jeff Carter scores in his return to Philadelphia in Kings' 3-2 win
Los Angeles Times | Mar 25