Los Angeles 2, Columbus 1

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Friday, February 15, 2013 10:30 PM

Final Scoring Summary

Team Records

Team W/L Home Away Streak
Columbus 4-8-1-1 3-4-1-1 1-4-0-0 L1
Los Angeles 5-5-1-1 2-1-0-1 3-4-1-0 W2

Recap


Kings 2, Blue Jackets 1: Mike Richards recorded his 400th career point with a power-play goal and Jonathan Bernier came within 2:25 of a shutout as host Los Angeles continued its recent dominance of Columbus.

Kyle Clifford also scored for the Kings, who have won 10 of their last 13 meetings with the Blue Jackets. Bernier finished with 12 saves but was denied his sixth career shutout when Nick Foligno buried a backhand shot from the doorstep to get Columbus within a goal.

Sergei Bobrovsky stopped 20 shots for the Blue Jackets, who were punchless in the opener of their six-game road trip after scoring a season-high six goals in a home victory over San Jose on Monday.

After a scoreless first period, Clifford got Los Angeles on the board late in the second with an impressive individual effort. After stealing the puck from defenseman Nikita Nikitin along the boards in the neutral zone, Clifford beat Bobrovsky from the left faceoff circle during a 2-on-1 with 1:20 remaining.

With 26 seconds left on a 5-on-3 advantage, Richards doubled the lead when his pass attempt from the left circle deflected off a sliding Nikitin's skate and past Bobrovsky at 1:34 of the third.

GAME NOTEBOOK: Los Angeles, which was coming off a 2-3-0 trip, returns to the road for a three-game trek that begins Sunday in Chicago. ... Columbus managed only four shots in each of the first two periods before registering five in the third. ... Bernier recorded his second career assist on Richards' goal. His other assist came on April 1, 2010 against Vancouver. ... Columbus' Adrian Aucoin returned from a four-game absence due to a lower-body injury, but fellow D James Wisniewski missed the game to be with his wife, who is expecting the couple's first child.

Top Game Performances

Columbus   Los Angeles
Nick Foligno 1 Points Kyle Clifford 1
Nick Foligno 1 Goals Kyle Clifford 1
Brandon Dubinsky 1 Assists Jonathan Bernier 1
N/A Power Play Goals Mike Richards 1
N/A Short Handed Goals N/A
Sergei Bobrovsky .909 Save Percentage Jonathan Bernier .923
Sergei Bobrovsky 20 Saves Jonathan Bernier 12

Team Stats Summary

 
Team Shots Goals Power Play Penalty Kill Penalty Mins Face Offs Won
Columbus 13 1 0-4 4-5 10 24
Los Angeles 22 2 1-5 4-4 8 23

Upcoming Games

  • Los Angeles will play their next game on the road against Los Angeles . The Kings have a W/L % of .500 after a win and .429 after a loss.
  • Columbus will play their next game on the road against Phoenix . The Blue Jackets have a W/L % of .000 after a win and .333 after a loss.