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Biron, Carter help Flyers edge Kings

PHILADELPHIA (Ticker) -- Martin Biron made 34 saves to record

his second shutout of the season as the Philadelphia Flyers

defeated the Los Angeles Kings, 2-0, on Wednesday.

All-Star Jeff Carter scored a power-play goal late in the second

period and assisted Simon Gagne's empty-netter for the Flyers,

who have won five of their last six contests.

Erik Ersberg stopped 18 shots for the Kings, who played without

captain Dustin Brown for the second straight game.

Brown, who ranks second on the club with 23 goals and 48 points,

did not travel with Los Angeles because of the impending birth

of his child.

Biron turned aside 12 shots in the first period, 13 more in the

next and nine in the third to complete his 25th career blanking.

Biron's only other shutout this season came on November 21

against his former team, the Buffalo Sabres.

"I don't know of too many teams that get to the playoffs with

only one guy pulling the load," Biron said. "We try to push

each other. Tonight, it just seemed to go my way and that is

the way we want it to be."

"I met with both of the (goaltenders) earlier in the week and

told them that they'd both get a chance to play and that we need

them that they need to be our best players," Philadelphia coach

John Stevens said. "I think the last two nights they have

been."

Carter delivered a pass to Joffrey Lupul, who drove to the net

and fired a wrist shot that Ersberg stopped. But Carter banged

in the rebound with 3:49 left in the middle session for his

team-leading 36th goal of the season.

"It was a strong play by Lupul driving to the net," Carter said.

"I was just kind of hanging back looking for rebounds and I was

able to knock it in."

"I tried to jam the puck from the goalline," Ersberg said. "I

don't know if it he battled it out of the air, it landed on his

stick. I really didn't have time to see where it went."

Gagne netted an empty-net goal with one tick to play to seal the

win for Philadelphia (33-17-9), which pulled within four points

of the Atlantic Division-leading New Jersey Devils (38-19-3).

"All these games right now are big points," Carter said. "We

need everyone we can get. We were lucky to get two points."

The Flyers, who sit in fourth place in the Eastern Conference,

also still have a game in hand on the rival Devils.

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