Daily News Former teammates Walker, Petersen help Flyers beat Kings


They see me rollin'. They hatin'.
Staff member
Jul 28, 2004
LOS ANGELES –– Some jettisoned cargo sank the Kings’ mighty battleship Saturday night as they went down 4-2 to the Philadelphia Flyers, who got two assists from former Kings defenseman Sean Walker and a massive win in net from beleaguered one-time King Cal Petersen.

Walker and Petersen were both involved in an offseason trade that saw both sent to Philadelphia along with prospect Helge Grans, multiple draft picks and around $2 million in salary retention in exchange for, effectively, being able to dump Petersen and also Walker’s contracts.

After much vacillation, it was in fact Petersen in goal for the Flyers Saturday. Just under a year ago, the Kings sent their $5 million netminder to the minors. Serendipitously, he has since had just two NHL starts: Saturday’s victory and a 5-0 loss to his old chums in Philadelphia last month.

Carl Grundstrom and Adrian Kempe each scored a goal for the Kings. Cam Talbot earned his first loss in five decisions and his first regulation defeat in seven appearances. The Kings have managed a solitary victory in seven home games this season.

Morgan Frost tallied twice for Philly while Owen Tippett stayed hot with a goal and an assist. Cam Atkinson chipped in a goal to the cause of Petersen, who relished his first NHL victory since Nov. 16 of last year.

The hosts had an opportunity down two goals against a team playing its fourth option in net and possessing a young roster in transition, but the Kings’ big swing landed like a glancing blow.

Kempe made it 4-2 just before the midpoint of the third period. His forecheck pressure created a turnover and a nifty passing sequence between Vladislav Gavrikov and Quinton Byfield led to Kempe’s seventh goal this season, which extended his point streak to nine games (13 points).

A tic-tac-toe play in tight quarters had cushioned Philadelphia’s lead to 4-1 when Sean Couturier and Tyson Foerster set up Atkinson on the doorstep with 12:56 to play.

The second stanza went from bad to worse for the Kings, who found themselves trailing 3-1 after 40 minutes.

Their lone goal of the frame came with 1:54 remaining and off a long, soft-ish, rising wrist shot by Grundstrom that hit Petersen in the armpit before trickling into the net. The goal was Grundstrom’s sixth of the year, and the fourth-liner now has as many goals as big-ticket trade pickups Kevin Fiala and Pierre-Luc Dubois have combined to score this season.

Prior to that, the Kings had been twice victimized by Frost for his first two goals of 2023-24. He scored at 6:26 and then again at 16:30, accentuating a strong period for the visitors. On his second goal, Drew Doughty was left to contend with Frost and Tippett at the net front, where Frost tipped Nick Seeler’s shot past Talbot. His first marker came when Walker headmanned the puck to Tippett, whose neutral-zone drop pass sprung Frost. His blazing drive down the wing pulled Talbot out of position, which proved calamitous when Frost’s wraparound attempt struck Jordan Spence’s skate, the back of Talbot’s glove and, ultimately, the nylon behind him for a 2-0 lead.

The first period appeared to be dominated early by the Kings as they fired seven shots on net and had seven more blocked while Philly had just four total attempts early. But just then, the Flyers struck first, after a curious offensive sequence culminated in Andreas Englund’s point shot being blocked in the middle of the ice with he and his defense partner, Spence, each hugging the wall on opposite wings. Walker’s lead pass sent Tippett through parted seas, and he scored on a breakaway for his third goal in two nights after tallying twice in a 6-3 over the Ducks Friday.

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