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NHL Game Summary - Columbus at Los Angeles

(Saturday, February 21st)

Final Score: Los Angeles 4, Columbus 3

Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) - Ian Laperriere had two goals and an assist to lead the Los Angeles Kings to a 4-3 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets at the Staples Center.

Sean Avery added a goal and an assist for the Kings, who snapped a five-game winless skid (0-2-1-2). Luc Robitaille also scored for Los Angeles in the winning effort, its first in four home tries (1-1-2).

Cristobal Huet got the start in net for the Kings and made 18 saves. Huet is expected to get a majority of the playing time between the pipes as starter Roman Cechmanek was again placed on injured reserve with a groin injury.

Rick Nash scored twice for the Blue Jackets and Marc Denis was victimized for four goals on 42 shots for Columbus, which extended its road winless skid to 10 games (0-7-3). The Blue Jackets have also lost three straight overall.

Laperriere opened the scoring with an even-strength goal when he banged in a rebound 7:46 into the contest. The lead was then doubled just over eight minutes later when Robitaille added a power-play tally. His shot from the slot looked to be stopped by Denis, but the puck trickled through the netminder and just over the goal line for a 2-0 LA lead.

After Shelley cut the deficit in half just after the midway point of the contest, Laperriere set up Avery for a nicely crafted goal. Laperriere came streaking down the right wing with the puck and spotted Avery charging towards the net. Avery redirected a pass in the slot from Laperriere through Denis to make it 3-1 with 6:02 left in the middle period.

"There is no reason for the way we showed up tonight, or the way we didn't show up. This was embarrassing," Denis explained.

Laperriere scored his second of the contest when he finished a 2-on-1 break early in the third period. His attempt for a hat trick later in the stanza was then denied by the post.

Nash then tallied his first goal in nine games when he picked up a loose puck to the right of the goaltender and slipped the disc through Huet to make it 4-2. With their goaltender pulled, Nash added his second of the game when he made a nifty little move after corralling a rebound to tie for the NHL lead with his 33rd goal of the season. But the Blue Jackets could not find the equalizer in the closer moments, allowing LA to escape with the victory.

"It was a game they needed, and they played well," stated Nash.

Game Notes

Los Angeles won for the first time in nine meetings against Columbus (1-7-1)...Columbus fell to 3-1-1 in its last five trips to LA...The Blue Jackets were unbeaten in the three previous encounters with the Kings this season (2-0-1)...Laperriere recorded his second two-goal game of the season.

02/22 02:19:56 ET

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