NHL Game Summary - Los Angeles at Columbus
(Saturday, October 17th)
Final Score: Columbus 4, Los Angeles 1
Columbus, OH (Sports Network) - Raffi Torres' goal at the end of the second period proved to be the difference, as the Columbus Blue Jackets handled the Los Angeles Kings, 4-1, at Nationwide Arena.
Jason Chimera, Rick Nash, and Jakub Voracek each scored a goal for the Blue Jackets, who have won three in a row and five of their first six to begin the season. Steve Mason stopped 27-of-28 shots for the victors.
"Our defense is a little bit unsung right now. (Mathieu) Roy stepped up tonight and gave us good minutes and (Marc) Methot stepped up and gave us good minutes. Between the goaltending and the defenseman, that's been the most pleasant surprise (this season)," Columbus head coach Ken Hitchcock said.
Dustin Brown scored the lone goal for the Kings, who have dropped three straight games. Jonathan Quick turned aside 20-of-23 shots in defeat.
"I am not very happy about the game. Not very happy. We need to check better and make better decisions with the puck. It's a 1-0 game, last minute of the first period and we give them the puck for a two-on-one to tie the game. Those types of decisions and those type of plays cost you every time and that's why, right now, we are losing three games in a row because of plays like that," Los Angeles head coach Terry Murray said.
The Kings drew first blood at the 10:08 mark of the first period. Brown controlled the disc at center ice and led a 4-on-2 break for Los Angeles. Brown kept things in his own hands and fired a wrister through the five hole.
Columbus used a goal from Chimera with 47 seconds left in the first to tie the contest. Chimera's slapper from the left circle sailed past Quick and found the upper right-hand corner of the net.
The Blue Jackets used a power-play goal from Torres with 2:58 remaining in the second to take a 2-1 edge. Torres collected a loose disc in front of the net and backhanded a shot through the five hole.
Nash's short-handed score at the 3:30 mark of the third and Voracek's empty- net goal with 1:11 to play sealed the victory for Columbus.
The two clubs split four meetings overall last year. The Kings have lost six of their last eight in Columbus...LA ends a six-game road trip when they face Dallas on Monday, while Columbus starts a four-game road trip when they visit Calgary on Tuesday.
10/17 23:55:59 ET