First and foremost on the minds of the Blue Jackets is the health of their teammate and friend Nick Foligno, who left today’s game on a stretcher in the third period.
BLUE JACKETS 2| KINGS 5
Official word from the team is that Foligno went for precautionary X-rays at STAPLES Center and was alert and speaking with the Kings’ medical staff. Foligno and Jeff Carter were tangled up along the left wing boards when Foligno collided with a linesman, his head making direct impact with the linesman’s body.
As more information is available, it will be passed along.
The Blue Jackets dropped a 5-2 decision to the Kings today as Los Angeles completed a perfect 6-0-0 homestand for the first time in franchise history. Jonathan Quick made 22 saves between the pipes and “That 70’s Line” led the way offensively, with Tanner Pearson, Tyler Toffoli and Carter all scoring goals for the Kings today.
This was a 3-2 game after two periods, but the Kings struck quickly in the third period and pulled away for their sixth straight victory.
Tim Erixon’s first NHL goal opened the scoring in the first period and it had to feel like a long time coming for the 22-year-old defenseman. Ryan Johansen’s initial shot was tipped across the crease by Scott Hartnell and over to Erixon, who crept in from the left point and buried a milestone goal.
Three unanswered goals in the second period gave momentum to the Kings, who had some power play chances and gradually got stronger as the game went on. With a depleted lineup (missing Cam Atkinson, Matt Calvert and Alexander Wennberg - who was assigned to Springfield before the game), the Blue Jackets had to piece three new lines together for today’s game.
Mark Letestu’s late second period goal (his third of the season) was the last of the offense for the Blue Jackets today, as they ended their three-game California road trip 1-2-0 and head back to Columbus for two home games this week.
The three-goal burst from the Kings turned the game around. The Blue Jackets needed a better start and got it, scoring first and taking a 1-0 lead into the dressing room after 20 minutes…but Los Angeles didn’t rack up a 6-0 homestand by accident. They got their game going in the second period and made it difficult for the Blue Jackets to sustain any offensive zone pressure.
1 - Toffoli (LA) - a goal and three assists tonight.
2 - Carter (LA) - a goal and two assists.
3- Pearson - two third-period goals for the Kings’ leading goal scorer.
vs. Ottawa Senators
Tuesday, 7 p.m. ET