BLUE JACKETS 3 | KINGS 4
Scott Hartnell Post Game
Ryan Johansen Post Game
Curtis McElhinney Post Game
Todd Richards Post Game
David Savard Goal
ANALYSIS: These response goals sure are something, aren't they? It's a weird but disturbing pattern that the Blue Jackets have fallen into lately, giving up goals on the next shift or two following a goal of their own. It's happened twice tonight, the latest being a Jeff Carter goal just 78 seconds after Scott Hartnell tied the game 2-2. The Hartnell goal - in his 1,000th game - was a thing of beauty, started way back at the Columbus blue line by Ryan Johansen on the breakout. Johansen gained the offensive line and swung a great pass across to Hartnell, who slid his 13th goal of the season under Jonathan Quick at 14:16 of the second period. Carter answered quick, so the Jackets have to mount a comeback in the third period and it has to start with getting more pucks to the Los Angeles net; Quick has seen only 13 shots through two periods with little in the way of traffic.
Scott Hartnell Goal
Second Period Highlights
ANALYSIS: One of the more entertaining first periods of the season just came to a close at Nationwide Arena - the only downer being that the Blue Jackets trail 2-1 to the Los Angeles Kings. Columbus got it started early with a Jack Skille goal just 1:40 into the game, as Skille broke in down the right side and banked the puck off Jamie McBain's skate and behind Jonathan Quick. Skille's line with Artem Anisimov and Alexander Wennberg was the Jackets' most effective in the first period, working cycles and pouncing on turnovers with some really good awareness. The Kings came back to tie it up 32 seconds after the Skille tally on a similar goal, with Jeff Carter feeding Dwight King in front of Curtis McElhinney for a tap-in. Then it was King setting up Tyler Toffoli for a slam dunk at 8:01 of the first after a defensive zone breakdown by Columbus, and that's where we stand after an eventful 20 minutes. Shots are 10-6 favoring the Kings.
Jack Skille Goal
First Period Highlights
UPDATE (1:15 PM): The Blue Jackets have officially placed Ryan Murray on injured reserve. He is expected to miss the next four-to-six weeks due to a high ankle sprain.
Jordan Leopold Pre-Game
Scott Hartnell Pre-Game
Todd Richards Pre-Game
UPDATE (11:15 AM): A good sign in the Jackets' dressing room this morning was Sergei Bobrovsky, out since Jan. 21 with a groin injury, in full gear, smiling and ready to take the ice. He skated this morning in the OhioHealth Ice Haus, a welcomed sight as he continues his recovery with a projected 4-6 week timetable as of All-Star weekend.
UPDATE (11:05 AM): Todd Richards said that Dalton Prout is out with an upper-body injury sustained Saturday night in Ottawa. He and James Wisniewski are both considered day-to-day. Richards also said that Jeremy Morin remains day-to-day with no specific target for a return, and said he has been "doing some things" in terms of physical activity.
- Brian Gibbons took to the ice at the end of the morning skate for a light workout. He too has no specific target date to return. He's been out of the lineup since Dec. 18.
- Richards on Hartnell's 1,000th game: "It says a lot. There's lots of guys who have played in this league, but there's not too many who get to that 1000 game marker. It says a lot about the player and the person. If you don't have that competitiveness or a good personality, you aren't going to survive in this league."
UPDATE (10:40 AM): Hartnell on his 1,000th game: "I'll have a big smile on my face. I knew coming into this year that if I could stay healthy it would happen. I'm just glad my family could be here to share it with me."
Much of Hartnell's family is in town to see his milestone game, and by coincidence so are a few friends. "It's a big game tonight. I've got some good friends on the other side like (Jarret) Stoll and (Jeff) Carter and it'll be fun to play it against them."
UPDATE (10:10 AM): Here are the lines from this morning's skate...
- Curtis McElhinney is in the home net for the morning skate and looks to have the start in goal.
- Ryan Murray's condition was updated earlier this weekend (4-6 weeks, lower-body injury). James Wisniewski was not at the morning skate after missing the game Saturday night, and we await an update on his condition after the skate. Also absent from the skate this morning was Dalton Prout.
Good morning, happy Monday -- and HAPPY GAME DAY!
The Jackets are winners of two straight after strong showings against the Blues and Senators, and tonight they return home for another challenge as they face the defending champions, the LA Kings. The Kings are coming off a pretty nice win of their own, a 4-2 defeat of the Tampa Bay Lightning on the road.
The Kings have been synonymous with second-half surges and strong playoff runs for the last few seasons, and they really need to get on a run now. The Kings have only three wins in their last 13 games (3-6-4) and they sit five points out of a playoff spot, a spot they're fighting neck and neck for with the surging Minnesota Wild. The Jackets desperately need this win too, as they are 14 points out of the wild card.
Here are some other pre-skate nuggets:
- Monday night marks the 1,000th game of Scott Hartnell's NHL career. After all that time he's still going strong, with two goals and five points in the past three games.
- The Kings offense is being paced by a couple of former Blue Jackets. Jeff Carter is second on the team with 36 points in 52 games, while Marian Gaborik has 16 goals and 30 points in 39 games after starting the season injured.
- The Kings possess one of the league's worst road records. They are 6-12-6 away from STAPLES Center.
- Look for Curtis McElhinney to get the start tonight for Columbus. He's expected to face Jonathan Quick for LA.