With the collar turned up on his black coat, Kings coach John Stevens looked ready to walk out into the chilly winter night in film-noir style.
His return to Philadelphia carried dramatic undertones because of what the area means to him, his family and his coaching career. Spike that equation with his team sorely needing to end a three-game winless streak and early on losing a defenseman against a Philadelphia Flyers team riding a six-game win streak.
The result, a 4-1 Kings victory Monday night, allowed Stevens some personal satisfaction.
“I’ll be totally honest, it’s nice to be where my kids grew up,” said the former Flyers player and coach. “It’s a win for them....