Kings Beat Blue Jackets In Shootout, Run Point Streak To 10 Games

The Kings are 8-0-2 in their last 10 games.

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Kings Beat Blue Jackets 4-3 In Columbus On Jarret Stoll Shootout Goal

Columbus, OH (Sports Network) - Jarret Stoll scored the lone goal in the shootout to give the surging Los Angeles Kings a 4-3 victory over Columbus at Nationwide Arena. Stoll shot a simple wrister into top right corner in the second round, and Jonathan Quick turned away Kristian Huselius' shot to secure the win. Drew Doughty, Andrei Loktionov and Justin Williams scored for the Kings, who improved to 8-0-2 in their last 10 games. Quick ended with 21 saves.

Kris Russell, Rick Nash and Jakub Voracek lit the lamp for the Blue Jackets, who had a two-game win streak snapped, but have earned points in 11 of their last 14 games (8-3-3). Mathieu Garon surrendered three goals on 29 shots in the loss. Doughty put LA in front, 3-2, just over six minutes into the final frame.

With the Kings working the perimeter, Michal Handzus cycled it to the point where the defenseman slapped a rising shot that sailed over Garon's glove for Doughty's eighth goal of the season. Columbus tied it for a third and final time only two ticks after it pulled Garon with 1:23 left in regulation. Voracek's slapper from the point was stopped by Quick, but Russell was there to clean up the big rebound from in tight to send the game into overtime.

Both teams registered just two shots in the scoreless overtime. LA got the scoring started almost 17 minutes into the game. Loktionov sent a shot from the left circle, which rebounded toward the far side. Williams was there for the rebound scramble and backhanded it in.

The Blue Jackets tied it with 1:26 left in the first when Voracek, from the left circle, finished a Derek MacKenzie cross-ice pass. The Kings were back on top, 2-1, at the 13:05 mark of the second period with the hard work of Matt Greene. After having several shots stoned, he handled the puck from the end boards and centered it to the slot where Loktionov swept it in.

But Columbus responded once more just 69 seconds later to knot it up at 2-2 following a dump pass into the left corner. The puck fortuitously clipped off MacKenzie's skate and slid toward a streaking Nash, who ripped a shot high past Quick from the left slot.

Columbus forwards Derick Brassard and R.J. Umberger both left the game in the first period due to injuries. Umberger returned in the second period, while Brassard did not re-enter the game...MacKenzie and Nash both had two assists in the loss. Nash has eight points in his last five games...LA has taken eight out of 12 in the series and has won four of the last six games in Ohio.


Kings Look For Continued Road Success In Columbus Against Blue Jackets

(Sports Network) - The Los Angeles Kings will try to continue their recent road success tonight, when they visit the surging Columbus Blue Jackets for a battle at Nationwide Arena. The Kings have played six contests so far on a 10-game road trip and have yet to lose in regulation, posting a 4-0-2 mark during the swing. After tonight, Los Angeles will head to New York for a pair of games against the Rangers and Islanders before closing the swing in California when they visit the rival Ducks on Feb. 23 in Anaheim.

LA has notched wins in two straight since dropping an overtime decision in Pittsburgh last Thursday. The latest victory came Sunday in Philadelphia, as the Kings stymied the top team in the Eastern Conference. Jonathan Quick stopped all 40 shots he faced in Los Angeles' 1-0 victory over the Flyers. Drew Doughty scored the lone goal 17 seconds into the second period for the Kings.

"I liked the way we did things the right way with our top players and our goaltending, which was outstanding," said Kings head coach Terry Murray. The victory improved Los Angeles' record to 7-0-2 in its last nine games. Despite sitting last in the Pacific Division, the Kings have managed to record 65 points this season, leaving them just one point out of a playoff spot in the West. LA is tied with Minnesota in the conference standings and is just one point in back of Calgary. Both the Wild and Flames are in action tonight.

The Blue Jackets are currently four points behind the Kings in the conference standings, but Columbus has been playing solid hockey in recent weeks. Columbus has earned wins in five of its last six games and the club has earned at least a point in 10 of its last 13 games (8-3-2). The Blue Jackets will try to post a third straight win tonight after notching a victory in their last outing this past Sunday in Dallas.

Rick Nash scored the go-ahead goal in the second period and Steve Mason stopped 29 shots to lead the Blue Jackets to the 2-1 win over the Stars at American Airlines Center. Matt Calvert notched the other goal for the victors. Mason is a big reason for Columbus' recent resurgence, but the goaltender may not be able to start tonight due to a case of bronchitis that caused him to miss practice. Mason hasn't been ruled out for tonight and the former Calder Trophy winner is 7-3-1 over his last 11 games and he has allowed a total of just eight goals over his last five contests.

At the very least, Mason could serve as the backup tonight to Mathieu Garon. The Kings and Blue Jackets have split a pair of meetings so far this season and both contests were high-scoring affairs that took place in Los Angeles. Columbus won a 5-3 decision on Nov. 17 and the Kings posted a 6-4 victory on Jan. 8.

Overall, Los Angeles has taken seven out of 11 in the series and the Kings have won three of their last five games in Ohio. Columbus is 14-13-1 as the host this season and has won two of its last three tests at Nationwide Arena.

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