Wednesday, February 16, 2011
Kings: Stoll, Quick lead L.A. in the shootout
By Dan Arritt
Kings 4, Columbus Blue Jackets 3 (SO)
Eight keys to the game:
THE FACTS: After the Blue Jackets tied the score with 1 minute 23 seconds left in regulation at Nationwide Arena, Jarret Stoll scored in the second round of the shootout and goalie Jonathan Quick then stopped his third straight attempt by Columbus to push the Kings’ record to 8-0-2 in their last 10 games.
THE STAT: The Kings surrendered three one-goal leads during regulation, the first two within two minutes of taking the lead and the last on Kris Russell’s goal just as Columbus was pulling goalkeeper Mathieu Garon for the extra attacker.
TURNING POINT: With the score tied, 2-2, with under two minutes remaining in the second period, Drew Doughty and Trevor Lewis committed penalties just seven seconds apart, but the Kings killed the 5-on-3 that extended into the third period to prevent Columbus from taking its first lead.
HOT: Doughty scored from the blue line on a nice pass from Michal Handzus, giving the Kings a 3-2 lead six minutes into the third period. The goal was Doughty’s fifth in the last 10 games. Stoll is also 5-for-6 on shootout attempts this season.
NOT: The Kings made another move in the standings, despite another invisible game from Anze Kopitar and Dustin Brown. The team captain and alternate captain were thoroughly outplayed by the Blue Jackets’ two best forwards, Rick Nash and Jakub Voracek, who combined for two goals and three assists.
GOOD MOVE: Quick made three outstanding saves in the shootout, but his best probably came early in the third period, when he made a diving stop on a point-blank shot by Columbus defenseman Anton Stralman.
BAD MOVE: Columbus first-line center Derick Brassard didn’t make it through his first shift before taking a shot off his left hand and leaving the game. His replacement up front, R.J. Umberger, also left in the first period with an injury but returned late in the second.
NOTABLE: With at least a point in 10 straight games, the Kings have strung together their longest point streak since 1980.