Final OT

Series (Game 2 of 4)

Columbus leads 2-1

Game 1: Saturday, January 10th
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Game 2: Friday, January 16th
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Game 3: Wednesday, February 11th
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Game 4: Saturday, February 21st
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Kings 2

(16-14-5, 47 pts)

Blue Jackets 3

(12-24-3, 33 pts)

7:00 PM ET, January 16, 2004

Nationwide Arena, Columbus, Ohio

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LA 0 1 1 02
CBJ 1 0 1 13

R. Nash (Blue Jackets - LW): Goals: 2, Assists: 0

A. Frolov (Kings - LW): Goals: 1, Assists: 0

Los Angeles (16-14-10-4) at Columbus (11-24-6-3) 7:00 pm EST

COLUMBUS, Ohio (Ticker) -- The Los Angeles Kings try to end a lengthy slide when they face the Columbus Blue Jackets at Nationwide Arena on Friday.

Los Angeles has not won since beating Edmonton at home December 16. The Kings are 0-3-9-1 in their last 13 games, four shy of the team record set during the 1969-70 season.

Los Angeles also is winless in its last seven road games, going 0-3-4 since a 4-1 win at Nashville on December 10.

Los Angeles endured a frustrating night Wednesday at Minnesota as it skated to a 2-2 tie. The Kings won 50 of 76 faceoffs and took 46 shots but managed just second-period goals by Eric Belanger and Scott Barney.

"I don't even know how you even can put the word disappointment in the same sentence with our effort here," coach Andy Murray said. "We played quite a determined game, we battled hard and the fact that we didn't get rewarded with two points, I think, only indicates that ... good things are going to happen for us."

The Blue Jackets were the only team to notch 20 home wins last season and not reach the playoffs. But they are 8-10-3-1 at Nationwide and have tied a team-record by going 0-6-1-1 here since a 2-1 win over Anaheim on December 2.

Columbus went 2-3-2 on a season-high seven-game road trip. The Blue Jackets concluded it with a 5-3 setback at St. Louis on Thursday.

Rookie Nikolai Zherdev, Todd Marchant and Geoff Sanderson tallied to give Columbus a 3-2 lead. But goaltender Marc Denis allowed two goals 67 seconds apart in the third period.

The teams are meeting for the second time in six days. On Saturday in Los Angeles, Trent Klatt scored twice and helped the Kings erase a pair of deficits in a 2-2 tie.

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