Columbus Falls at L.A., 3-2; Will Face Anaheim on Sunday

Saturday, 03.04.2006 / 12:00 AM / News
Columbus Blue Jackets
(AP) - Sean Avery snapped a scoreless tie with two goals less than three minutes apart in the second period and Michael Cammalleri got the game-winner on a power play with 5:55 left in the third period, leading the Los Angeles Kings to a 3-2 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets on Saturday.

The Kings' tied a season best with their fourth straight victory after losing the previous seven games. All four of the wins have been decided by one-goal margins. They survived a Columbus power play during the final 1:20, after Avery was sent off for high-sticking Duvie Westcott.

Down 2-0, the Blue Jackets rallied with Nokolai Zherdev's 20th and 21st goals. The first one came at 2:11 of the third, a backhander off a rebound of Manny Manhotra's shot. The second one, with 15:25 left in regulation, came after Jan Hrdina's 30-foot shot struck Mathieu Garon in the mask and the Kings' defense failed to clear the bouncing puck.

But Cammalleri regained the lead for the Kings while Columbus captain Adam Foote was serving an interference penalty. He beat Marc Denis high to the glove side with a 25-foot wrist shot from the right circle, after Denis lost his mask in a goalmouth collision and stopped a shot by Joe Corvo.

The Kings, who came in with the league's second-worst penalty-killing percentage, opened the scoring at 13:11 of the second period with their 13th short-handed goal and third against the Blue Jackets. Foote lost control of the puck to Avery just inside the Kings' blue line and got tangled up with him, leading to a 2-on-1 rush that Avery finished with a 20-foot slap shot that beat Denis to the stick side.

Avery, whose 625 penalty minutes over the last three seasons are the most of any NHL player, made it 2-0 with his 12th goal of the campaign. It came on a one-timer from 15 feet away, just 15 seconds after teammate Luc Robitaille hit the crossbar on a breakaway.

Pavol Demitra and Alexander Frolov, two-thirds of the Kings' No. 1 line, both missed their second straight game because of injuries they sustained in the Olympics. Both were instrumental in an 8-2 rout at Columbus on Nov. 13, with Frolov getting his first career hat stick and Demitra recording four assists.

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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - BOS 82 54 19 9 261 177 117
2 y - PIT 82 51 24 7 249 207 109
3 x - TBL 82 46 27 9 240 215 101
4 x - MTL 82 46 28 8 215 204 100
5 x - NYR 82 45 31 6 218 193 96
6 x - PHI 82 42 30 10 236 235 94
7 x - CBJ 82 43 32 7 231 216 93
8 x - DET 82 39 28 15 222 230 93
9 WSH 82 38 30 14 235 240 90
10 NJD 82 35 29 18 197 208 88
11 OTT 82 37 31 14 236 265 88
12 TOR 82 38 36 8 231 256 84
13 CAR 82 36 35 11 207 230 83
14 NYI 82 34 37 11 225 267 79
15 FLA 82 29 45 8 196 268 66
16 BUF 82 21 51 10 157 248 52

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2013-2014 PLAYOFFS
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Johnson 1 1 1 0 2
D. MacKenzie 1 1 0 0 1
M. Letestu 1 1 0 1 1
B. Dubinsky 1 0 1 1 1
B. Jenner 1 0 1 -1 1
F. Tyutin 1 0 0 -1 0
J. Wisniewski 1 0 0 0 0
B. Comeau 1 0 0 -1 0
N. Nikitin 1 0 0 0 0
J. Skille 1 0 0 -1 0
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
S. Bobrovsky 0 1 0 .875 4.07
 
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