NHL Game Summary - Columbus at Los Angeles|
(Thursday, April 18th)
Final Score: Los Angeles 2, Columbus 1
Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) - Kyle Clifford scored the go-ahead goal in
the second period and the Los Angeles Kings held on to upend the Columbus Blue
Jackets, 2-1, at Staples Center.
Drew Doughty registered a power-play goal in the first period for the Kings,
who kept up with the San Jose Sharks in the battle for the No. 4 seed in the
Western Conference as both teams have 55 points. Los Angeles, though, holds
the tiebreaker and both teams have four games to play.
The only goal allowed by Jonathan Quick came off the stick of Dalton Prout.
Quick ended with 20 saves, while Sergei Bobrovsky stopped 21 shots for the
Blue Jackets, who remain two points ahead of the Detroit Red Wings and Dallas
Stars for the last West's final playoff spot with three games to play. The
Wings and Stars both have five games remaining on their schedule.
"It was physical and emotional, there's a lot on the line. They're a committed
group and they're big. One thing they all do is defend. They make things
difficult," Blue Jackets head coach Todd Richards said.
Columbus, which had won five straight coming in, fell behind in the first
period when Doughty bounced one off Fedor Tyutin's leg and into the back of
the net at the 8:35 mark.
Prout's first NHL marker, a wrist shot from the point, tied it at the 12:07
mark of the middle stanza, but Clifford banged home a loose puck 1:25 later
for the eventual game-winner.
Quick was up to the task on all nine shots he faced over the final 20 minutes
to seal the win.
"We're both fighting for a playoff spot. They're one of the hottest teams. We
knew they would bring a lot of energy. It's good to get two points in
regulation and not let them get a point," Quick said.
The Kings improved to 17-4-1 at home ... Kings defenseman Matt Greene was
activated for the first time since undergoing back surgery after playing in
the season opener ... Columbus plays at San Jose on Sunday, the same day the
Kings host the Stars.
04/19 01:41:06 ET