Kings: Stoll scores again for a 4-1 lead

January, 8, 2011
1/08/11
9:27
PM PT
After the 2nd period:

Kings 4, Columbus Blue Jackets 1

The good: No looking back now. If the Kings lose this game they might as well skate off the ice and keep on going up Figueroa Street. They took a 4-0 lead on their third short-handed goal of the season. Jack Johnson caught the Blue Jackets on a poorly timed line change, passing the puck from blue line to blue line to Marco Sturm, who took off on a 2-on-1. Sturm slid the puck over to Jarret Stoll, who hit the open net for his second goal of the game, tying a career high. Stoll has three goals in the last two games after previously going 15 games without. It’s probably no coincidence that Sturm starting playing alongside Stoll last game, and now both are contributing. The Blue Jackets have lost three straight games, but that’s nothing compared to the 12 consecutive goals they allowed during the stretch. Columbus coach Scott Arniel might not make it through this intermission before getting a pink slip.

The bad: The Kings have been real good so far, but they’ll likely make the SportsCenter highlights for the major gaffe by forward Dustin Brown and goalkeeper Jonathan Quick, which resulted in the Blue Jackets' lone goal. Brown had the puck in his own zone along the boards and tried to pass it to Drew Doughty in the middle of the ice. Columbus left wing Matt Calvert stepped in and intercepted the puck, sending a slow shot toward the Kings' goal. Quick, whose stick-handling is easily the weakest part of his game, tried to swipe the puck aside but he partially whiffed and it was redirected through his legs. As it slowly slid toward the goal line, Quick stopped it with his outstretched glove, but a video review showed he was too late. To say Quick would like to have that one back in an understatement.

The in between: The Kings continue to give the Blue Jackets opportunities to get back into the game. Kyle Clifford was whistled for hooking before the Kings bailed him out with the short-handed goal. Michal Handzus was then called for goalie interference, but again the penalty kill came up big. The unit has killed three penalties in all.

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