Columbus 3, Los Angeles 1

Thursday, March 8, 2012 7:00 PM

Final Scoring Summary

Team Records

Team W/L Home Away Streak
Los Angeles 31-24-5-7 17-13-0-4 14-11-5-3 L1
Columbus 22-38-2-5 13-18-1-2 9-20-1-3 W4


BLUE JACKETS 3, KINGS 1: Mark Letestu scored twice to extend host Columbus' winning streak to four games.

Letestu redirected James Wisniewski’s blast from the point to open scoring at 9:13 of the first period. He put the Blue Jackets ahead 3-1 after finding the puck on his stick during a scramble in front of the Kings’ net just over three minutes into the second period.

Columbus picked up its first four-game winning streak since November 2010 and defeated Los Angeles for just the third time in the last seven meetings. The Kings had their three-game winning run come to a halt.

Anze Kopitar snatched up a Columbus turnover and broke free, slipping the puck past Steve Mason to even the score at 1-1 with a shorthanded goal at 12:22 of the first period

Former King Jack Johnson made the score 2-1, unleashing on a loose puck in the slot to beat Jonathan Bernier top corner with just eight seconds remaining in the first period. Johnson has two goals and two assists in his five games with Columbus.

Mason suffered a cut on his blocker hand from the skate of teammate John Moore midway through the second period. He made 16 saves before being replaced by Curtis Sanford, who stopped all 13 shots faced.

Right wing Vinny Prospal had two assists, recording nine points in his last seven games.

GAME NOTEBOOK: The Kings killed all five Columbus power plays and have fought off 25 straight penalties overall. … Blue Jackets C Derek MacKenzie sat due to a concussion. … Jackets WR Derek Dorsett left the game with an undisclosed injury.

Top Game Performances

Los Angeles   Columbus
Anze Kopitar 1 Points Mark Letestu 2
Anze Kopitar 1 Goals Mark Letestu 2
Dustin Brown 1 Assists Vinny Prospal 2
N/A Power Play Goals N/A
Anze Kopitar 1 Short Handed Goals N/A
Jonathan Bernier .917 Save Percentage Curtis Sanford 1.000
Jonathan Bernier 33 Saves Steve Mason 16

Team Stats Summary

Team Shots Goals Power Play Penalty Kill Penalty Mins Face Offs Won
Los Angeles 30 1 0-1 5-5 12 33
Columbus 36 3 0-5 1-1 4 23

Upcoming Games

  • Columbus will play its next game on the road against St. Louis. The Blue Jackets have a W/L % of .227 after a win and .378 after a loss.
  • Los Angeles will play its next game on the road against Detroit. The Kings have a W/L % of .355 after a win and .556 after a loss.
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