Kings, Stoll Shoot Down Columbus Blue Jackets

The last time the Kings and Blue Jackets met LA had lost five straight games and wasn’t exactly off to a hot start in 2011.

What a difference a month makes.

Entering play tonight in Columbus the Kings were 7-0-2 in their last nine games and finally seemed to have worked out whatever was ailing them just a few weeks ago.

They won a few games heading into the All Star break – which coach Terry Murray used to go back into his lab and try to create some team speed. In an interview posted here earlier this week, he said he liked what he has seen since then, explaining in detail about how he was using his centers.

This easily could have been a game where the Kings backed off, coming after two big wins over the weekend.  Instead, they scored the first goal of the game and kept charging all night long.

Rick Nash, who is slowly becoming the new Shane Doan or Brendan Morrow – a true Kings killer – scored a BEAUTIFUL goal to tie things at 2-2 in the second period.  Earlier this year Jarret Stoll said “You can’t give him too much time and space.”

So true.

In that same article he went on to say “If you respect good players too much (respect), by the end of the night they’ll have three points.”

Nash did.  One goal, two assists.

[more notes and video highlights after the jump]
Unfortunately, after going ahead 3-2 in the third period they also let the Blue Jackets tie it up with less than two minutes to go. However, Stoll – yes, that guy again! – netted the only goal in the shootout, while Quick closed things down on the other end.

As I wrote about at the time, it will forever be a mystery why coach Murray didn’t select Stoll for the shootout in Minnesota a few weeks ago. He had won the very game before in a shootout for the Kings. So, it seemed like a natural. When I asked Murray about it last week he said he understands the criticism, but felt the Kings overall record in the shootout justified his picks. For bonus info, he also noted Stoll wasn’t going to go fourth either had the Kings extended the shootout in Minnesota. They didn’t. They lost. And they missed out on that extra point – which of course, looms large in the uber tight Western Conference.

Tonight Stoll got the call and the Kings won.  He’s now scored in five of six chances in the shootout this year - tops on the team.

Moving on…

*  The Kings are now 8-0-2 in their last 10. The last time they had a 10 game point streak was in 1980!  The franchise record is 11, set in 1974.

*  They also killed off both penalties in the game. That’s 13 straight now.

*  There were no fights in the game.

Drew Doughty continued his strong play of late (something coach Murray spoke about here), picking up a goal and lead all skaters in the game with 28:53 of total ice time.

Andrei Loktionov, Dustin Brown and Alec Martinez were plus-2 on the night.  Ryan Smyth was minus-2.

Several MayorsManor readers were at the game in Columbus and they sent over some pics of the team during warm-ups – you can view them here.

Video highlights…

Tomorrow I’ll have several articles about the Kings in New York, including comments from the team about playing at MSG, Alexander Frolov missing the game and more.

The Mayor
www.twitter.com/MayorNHL
www.facebook.com/MayorsManor

Recent Articles

Kings Ducks Pearson Playoffs

Talking Kings, Ducks, and Expansion on NHL Radio

Follow @mayorNHL Here is a free replay of the “The Mayor” John Hoven talking hockey today on Top Shelf with Jimmy Murphy. During the spot on NHL Network Radio, they discussed the Kings-Ducks rivalry, possible expansion in the NHL, Drew Doughty, Cam Fowler, the Chicago Blackhawks, the Stanley Cup, and much more. Give it a [...]

NHL Network Radio

AUDIO: Full 1-hour Kings Preview Show on NHL Radio

Follow @mayorNHL Buckle up! We have a full 1-hour preview of the upcoming LA Kings season for you. “The Mayor” John Hoven joined Boomer Gordon on NHL Network Radio for the first portion of the discussion, where they talked about Anze Kopitar’s new contract, Marian Gaborik’s decision to stay with the team, the salary cap, [...]

fathead banner

CONTEST: Win an LA Kings Stanley Cup Fathead

Summer can be painful for hockey fans, so MayorsManor is here to help you out. Thanks to our relationship with Fathead over the past few years, we’ve given away quite a few of their NHL products – via our show West Coast Bias on NHL Network Radio, as well as here on the website. Did [...]

Major News Items

Manchester Monarchs MayorsManor Kings by Blake Gumprecht

MAJOR NEWS: Kings Preparing To Move Top Prospects To SoCal

Note to webmasters/reporters: When recapping news or interviews from this site please remember to include a link to www.MayorsManor.com Follow @mayorNHL In a story that MayorsManor has been chasing for the … [Read More...]

More Prospect News