NHL Game Summary - Los Angeles at Columbus
(Sunday, November 13th)
Final Score: Los Angeles 8, Columbus 2
Columbus, OH (Sports Network) - Alexander Frolov and Craig Conroy each recorded hat tricks, as the Los Angeles Kings pounded the Columbus Blue Jackets, 8-2, at Nationwide Arena.
Pavol Demitra dished out four assists for the Kings, who have won three of their last four. Mathieu Garon stopped 27-of-29 shots in the win.
Jason Chimera and Todd Marchant lit the lamp for Columbus, which has dropped six of seven. Goaltenders Marc Denis and Martin Prusek had equally poor showings, combining to allow eight goals on just 28 shots.
The Kings set the tone by scoring on their very first shot of the game. They would go on to put up three goals in the first 5:43, and five tallies in the opening stanza alone.
Conroy got things started just 1:35 into the contest, slipping a weak backhander through Prusek's five-hole with a defender draped all over him.
Frolov took over from there, scoring three straight goals in a span of just over eight minutes. Demitra set up the first score, drawing attention in the right slot before kicking it out front to Frolov, who punched it into the vacated net.
The next goal was just as easy, as Frolov found a rebound in front on the power play and wristed it in at the 5:43 mark.
Prusek was then immediately pulled in favor of Denis, who did not fare any better.
Frolov completed the natural hat trick several minutes later on a short-handed breakaway, moving to the backhand at the last second and stuffing it into the left side of the net to make it 4-0.
The last goal of the first also came when the Kings were a man down, as Conroy ripped a one-timer from the left circle past Denis with 2:12 to play.
Marchant put Columbus on the board early in the second period on a wrist shot from the right circle. Eric Belanger, however, responded with a rebound goal on the power play and Cammalleri went top shelf on a shot from between the circles two minutes later to make it 7-1 Los Angeles after two.
Conroy completed his hat trick midway though the third, and Chimera stuffed one in from the right slot in the final minutes for the Blue Jackets to complete the scoring.
Los Angeles has not allowed a power-play goal in four straight games...Columbus was 0-for-4 on the power play while the Kings were 2-for-8 with the extra skater...The Kings have now beat the Jackets three straight times...Columbus will finish its current four-game homestand Wednesday against St. Louis...L.A. will complete its four-game road trip at Nashville on Tuesday...This was the most Columbus has been scored on all season. The previous high was six goals.
11/13 19:48:40 ET