Even with seven power play opportunities, the Los Angeles Kings were unable to find the net on Saturday afternoon, as they lost to the Columbus Blue Jackets 1-0 at Staples Center. It was the first loss in regulation for the Kings under new coach Darryl Sutter, and snapped a nine-game point streak for the club.
Curtis Sanford saved all 31 shots he faced for his first shutout of the season for Columbus. The Kings outshot the Blue Jackets 31-18 for the game and 14-4 in the third period. Grant Clitsome scored at 11:25 of the second period to give Columbus the lead, his fourth goal of the season, assisted by Derick Brassard and David Savard.
Columbus has an NHL-worst 27 points, and was just 1-7-1 in their last nine games coming into play on Saturday.
The Kings opened the third period on the power play for nearly five and a half minutes, thanks to a double-minor on Samuel Pahlsson and a slashing call on Marc Methot. The Kings even had a two-man advantage for 38 seconds, and during their 5:22 run with an advantage they managed 10 shots on goal, but were unable to score.
Jonathan Quick saved 17 of 18 shots, but suffered the loss for Los Angeles.
The Kings killed six power plays themselves in the game and have killed 34 straight dating back to December 17. The Kings have kileld 81 of their last 84 penalties. The Kings next host the Washington Capitals on Monday night at Staples Center.
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