Post Game: Kings 2, Blue Jackets 1 (OT)

Friday, 02.07.2014 / 1:25 AM / News
By Rob Mixer  - BlueJackets.com

 

KINGS 2 | BLUE JACKETS 1 (OT)
STAPLES CENTER
LOS ANGELES, CA




The Blue Jackets did what they had to do against a fragile Los Angeles Kings team: start fast, get an early goal and get their forecheck going. Check, check, and check. They bent but didn't break in the second period, but the Kings finally broke through early in the third period.

After dodging several bullets and killing off a bevy of a penalties, the Blue Jackets couldn't escape a 4-on-4 situation in the third period and Kings center Anze Kopitar made a play that changed the course of the game. He got just enough room on the wall to slide a pass across the offensive zone to Jake Muzzin, who pinched in on the play and got a stick on the pass, re-directing it through Sergei Bobrovsky's pads and into the net to tie the game.

Columbus had its chances in the third period, too; unfortunately, the Blue Jackets let the Kings hang around just a little too long in Los Angeles' final game before the Olympic break.

They got another inch in overtime, as Robyn Regehr pinched down the left wall and fired a slap shot through traffic that Bobrovsky never saw - ending the game with a win for the Kings (their second in 11 games) and leaving the Jackets with a single point.

Still, it's three points out of four possible so far on this three-game California swing with a big opportunity Friday night in San Jose. 




Muzzin's third-period goal got the Kings going and put some life in the STAPLES Center. The Blue Jackets had shut them down for the better part of the first two periods, but the 4-on-4 goal on a rare defensive breakdown by Columbus allowed Los Angeles to crack the door open in the third.



1. JONATHAN QUICK (LAK)
After yielding an early power play goal to former Kings defenseman Jack Johnson, Quick was spectacular. He's the reason they secured a point in regulation and had the chance to go for the second.

2. SERGEI BOBROVSKY (CBJ)
Another solid performance from the Blue Jackets' go-to guy between the pipes. He kept the ship steady in the second period and was the team's best penalty killer.

3.  ROBYN REGEHR (LAK)
Two goals this season for the rugged blueliner and both are against the Blue Jackets. Tonight's tally was the game-winner in OT.





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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
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11 OTT 82 37 31 14 236 265 88
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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 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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