Los Angeles Hockey: Derek Dorsett

Kings: Jack Johnson makes former team pay

March, 8, 2012
Drew DoughtyJamie Sabau/NHLI via Getty ImagesDrew Doughty takes a shot that's off the mark during Thursday's game at Columbus.
Columbus Blue Jackets 3, Kings 1

Eight keys to the game:

THE FACTS: Traded from the Los Angeles Kings to the Columbus Blue Jackets two weeks earlier, Columbus defenseman Jack Johnson scored what turned out to be the winning goal Thursday night at Bridgestone Arena in Columbus, Ohio, lifting the league’s worst team to its fourth consecutive victory.

THE STAT: The Kings can’t seem to win the games they're supposed to win. They had an opportunity to move back into the top eight in the Western Conference standings with a victory, but instead fell to 9-9-3 against the other bottom eight teams.

TURNING POINT: With the score tied 1-1 in the final minute of the first period, Johnson jumped into the play, located a loose puck in the high slot and shot it past Kings backup goalie Jonathan Bernier with 8.5 seconds remaining. It was Johnson’s second goal in two games and marked the first time in his career he has hit double digits in goals.

HOT: Kings right wing Dustin Brown made a beautiful pass to Anze Kopitar for a short-handed goal that tied the score 1-1 with 7:38 remaining in the opening period. Brown has points in six consecutive games, his longest points streak since he scored in seven straight in December 2010. The Kings have also killed 23 straight penalties.

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After the 1st period:

Kings 3, Columbus Blue Jackets 0

The good: The first period was better than good for the Kings, it was outstanding. They scored three goals, played solid defense and even handily won a fight. Anze Kopitar turned in one of the better offensive moves of the season on the first goal, generating speed through the neutral zone, weaving past two Columbus players at the red line and then sliding a nifty pass behind his back to Dustin Brown, who was skating down the right side. Brown didn’t waste any time letting the puck fly, sending it past goalkeeper Mathieu Garon 2 minutes 13 seconds into the game. It was the third shot on goal for the Kings, and the 17th goal of the season for Brown. Alec Martinez added a power-play goal midway through the period, and Jarret Stoll scored for the second straight game on a perfectly timed centering pass from Drew Doughty for a 3-0 lead. Columbus, by the way, has allowed 11 straight goals dating back to a 4-2 loss Tuesday against Phoenix.

The bad: This one’s aimed at Derek Dorsett of Columbus. Derek, do your homework, buddy. Haven’t you been watching Kings rookie Kyle Clifford pummel one middleweight after another this season? Dorsett jumped in after Clifford came after Rostislav Klesla after his hard check on Trevor Lewis. Clifford not only landed a few good rights, but then switched up and bloodied Dorsett’s face with a couple lefts. The Kings might have lost five straight games, but they’ve won their last two fights going away.

The in between: Can’t get too excited yet. The Kings gave up five straight goals after the first period Thursday against Nashville and lost, 5-2. They need to stay out of the penalty box (except for Clifford, Wayne Simmonds and Kevin Westgarth, they can fight as much as they'd like). Stoll was called for holding late in the period and the Blue Jackets will have a clean slate of ice and 49 seconds remaining on the power play when they return for the second period.

Kings: Handzus ties the score, 1-1

November, 17, 2010
After the 1st period: Kings 1, Columbus Blue Jackets 1

The good: The Kings received their first goal from a forward outside their top six since Oct. 30, when Michal Handzus scored on a power play at the 9:06 mark to tie the score, 1-1. Handzus knocked in a rebound that came off a blast from Anze Kopitar. The Kings, which dropped to No. 2 in the league in the penalty kill overnight, killed three man-advantage situations by Columbus, including a 5-on-3 that lasted 44 seconds. Columbus came in last in the league in power play efficiently (10.2%)

The bad: The Kings gave up another goal off a rebound, something that hurt them in the 6-3 loss Monday night to San Jose. The scoring play began when Kings defenseman Matt Greene was unable to clear the puck along the boards. Andrew Murray ended up it in front of Kings goalie Jonathan Quick, who made the save but Murray knocked in his own rebound. It’s the first time in eight games the Kings allowed the first goal.

The in between: Kings right wing Dustin Brown had two of the better 5-on-5 scoring chances in the opening period, but nearly whiffed on a shot from the bottom of the right face-off circle, then couldn’t control a loose puck just outside of the crease with Columbus goalie Steve Mason out of position. Brown did not record a shot on goal in the opening period.