POST GAME: Kings 4, Blue Jackets 2

Los Angeles roars back after slow first period to top Columbus at Nationwide Arena

Tuesday, 02.05.2013 / 9:35 PM / News
By Rob Mixer  - BlueJackets.com

KINGS (3-3-2) 4, BLUE JACKETS (3-6-1) 2

NATIONWIDE ARENA | COLUMBUS, OH

ATTENDANCE: 11,019





This game was essentially the exact opposite of the Blue Jackets' win over the Detroit Red Wings on Saturday night.

Despite a slow start over the weekend, Columbus put together a strong final 40 minutes and wore down the Red Wings, but tonight it was a much different story. The Los Angeles Kings were a rested, angry bunch after giving up seven goals to the Anaheim Ducks, and they shook off a ragged opening frame to beat the Blue Jackets 4-2 at Nationwide Arena tonight.

Derek MacKenzie opened the scoring on a nice play that started all the way back in the Columbus end, as Mark Letestu got control of the puck and got it ahead to Fedor Tyutin joining the rush. Tyutin slid a perfect centering feed to MacKenzie driving hard to the net, and the redirect made it a 1-0 game at 13:02.

But the Kings, struggling a bit in the early parts of the season, didn't flinch.

Anze Kopitar scooped up a loose puck in the Blue Jackets end and backhanded it behind Mason just 32 seconds into the second period, setting the stage for what would be a massive middle stanza for the visitors. Jeff Carter scored less than three minutes later to give Los Angeles its first lead, which lasted all of 71 seconds.

Derick Brassard scored a backhander of his own, thanks to a heads-up slap pass by Tim Erixon from the left point. Brassard cradled the puck, spun toward the net and whipped it past Jonathan Quick to tie the game at 5:36. Momentum had started to swing back into the Blue Jackets' favor, but the Kings got a big goal (the eventual game winner) from Slava Voynov on a slap shot with 9:36 to go in the second. Los Angeles out-shot the Blue Jackets by a 17-2 margin in the second period and held them to a single shot on goal over a period of about 20 minutes.

The Blue Jackets, down a forward after Brandon Dubinsky was ejected at 11:29 of the second for a hit on Rob Scuderi, had their chances in the third period but couldn't dent Quick for a third time. Mike Richards scored on a rebound from a Justin Williams shot to make it a 4-2 final.




Columbus was in good stead midway through the second period and had some jump after the Brassard goal, but Voynov's go-ahead tally was a tough one to swallow. David Savard and Nick Holden got caught out on a long shift and the Kings took advantage; Voynov pinched down the right wall and ripped a slapper past a screened Steve Mason to regain the lead.




- Jack Johnson didn't quite catch his TOI total from Saturday, clocking in at 34:13 tonight against the Kings. He was a horse in all situations, leading a very young Columbus defense corps that featured three in-season call ups.

- Cody Goloubef played well in his season debut and saw some time at the end with Mason pulled for an extra attacker. He logged 15:37 on the night after being recalled from Springfield yesterday, and was a +1 in the game.

- Derek Dorsett led all Blue Jackets with four shots on goal, played almost 18 minutes and was his usual tenacious self on the forecheck all night long. He nearly had a big goal for Columbus, but was robbed by Quick on a third-period rush that was set-up and started by Artem Anisimov.




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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  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

STATS

2013-2014 PLAYOFFS
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Johnson 2 2 1 0 3
M. Calvert 2 2 0 3 2
R. Johansen 2 1 1 -1 2
B. Dubinsky 2 0 2 0 2
D. Savard 2 0 2 1 2
B. Jenner 2 0 2 -1 2
D. MacKenzie 2 1 0 0 1
M. Letestu 2 1 0 1 1
A. Anisimov 2 0 1 -1 1
C. Atkinson 2 0 1 1 1
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
S. Bobrovsky 1 1 0 .905 3.00
 
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