NHL Game Summary - Columbus at Los Angeles
(Sunday, October 16th)
Final Score: Los Angeles 3, Columbus 1
Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) - Michael Cammalleri had a goal and an assist to lead Los Angeles past Columbus, 3-1, at Staples Center.
Derek Armstrong and Alexander Frolov each lit the lamp for the Kings, who have won four of their last five games. Lubomir Visnovsky added two assists in the win while Jason LaBarbera stopped 19 shots in the win.
"We wanted to close out the homestand on a roll," said LaBarbera. "Now we have to go out on the road and keep it going."
Nikolai Zherdev scored the lone goal for the Blue Jackets, who have dropped three straight contests. Marc Denis made 28 saves in the loss.
Los Angeles scored the game's first goal 8:15 into the first period as Visnovsky had the puck to Denis' left and slipped a pass across the goal-mouth where Armstrong poked it in on the power play.
The Kings tacked on another power-play score late in the opening period. Cammalleri took a feed from Pavol Demitra and blasted a slap shot from the left point that beat Denis with 1:07 remaining in the period.
In the second period, the Kings made it a 3-0 game as Frolov beat Denis with 6:26 left in the stanza. Mattias Norstrom controlled the puck at the point and fed a pass to Sean Avery, who was positioned near the right side of the net. Avery then slipped a feed in front of the goal to Frolov and he one-timed a shot past the goaltender.
"We can lose with the hard-working penalties, but these penalties are killing us right now," said Columbus head coach Gerard Gallant.
Zherdev's slapper from the point 8:52 into the third period made it 3-1.
LA was 2-for-9 on the power play, while the Blue Jackets failed to convert in seven tries with the extra skater...The Kings have killed 22 straight penalties...LA ended 4-2 on a six-game homestand...Armstrong has a point in five straight games...The Kings are still 7-2-1 in the last 10 meetings with Columbus.
10/16 23:03:35 ET