LOS ANGELES - Flyers chairman Ed Snider, who has a mansion in Montecito, Calif., is almost always at the Staples Center when his team is playing here against the Kings.

Make that beating the Kings.

The Flyers defeated the defending Stanley Cup champions on Saturday, 2-1, and improved to 8-1-1 at the Staples Center since it opened in 1999.

"Maybe I am," said Snider when asked if he was the Flyers' good-luck charm.

Snider paused.

"Although why aren't I at home?" he asked, smiling.

The Flyers went 1-1-1 on their West Coast swing - and they played well in narrow losses to San Jose and Anaheim (shootout).

"I think it's a good trip," Snider said after the Flyers ended a nine-game road losing streak (0-7-2) and a six-game skid (0-4-2) overall. "When you think in terms of how we were playing [before the trip] and what could have happened, I think you have to look at this as a turnaround for us. . . . I hope."

Wayne Simmonds, who scored the winning goal, said Snider has been "great to us. We owe it to him to be better."