24:32 - Time on ice logged by Blue Jackets defenseman Grant Clitsome in tonight’s game. Nothing seems to faze this guy – he keeps on keepin’ on back on the Columbus blue line. Not only does he have 4-11-15 in the last 22 games (some of the best numbers among Blue Jackets defensemen), he has clocked in for 19-plus minutes of work in 22 of the past 23 games. For a guy who was recalled from AHL Springfield in a pinch, he has been more than able-bodied for coach Scott Arniel.
Shots fired on goal by the Blue Jackets at Los Angeles goaltender Jonathan Bernier. The young kid in net for LA was a tough one to crack tonight, constantly eating up rebounds controlling pucks into the corner. The Blue Jackets were able to break through twice, including a key goal from Derick Brassard
11:30 into the final period. From that point, Bernier was the boss – turning aside the remaining Columbus attempts to earn the victory. 3 -
Goals for Kings center Anze Kopitar, enough to earn him both a natural hat trick (the first three Los Angeles goals of the game) and first star of the game honors. He was a force on both sides of the puck and looked dangerous whenever he had possession. His surgical precision on a second period breakaway out of the penalty box proved to be the game-winning tally. 5 -
Minutes well worth it for the Kings’ Kevin Westgarth and Columbus’ Jared Boll
, who locked horns in a spirited scrap eight minutes into the third period. With the Blue Jackets needing a spark, Boll found a willing dance partner in Los Angeles’ resident enforcer. Both players landed a few hooks before the officials disbanded the melee. 15,605 -
Not just the attendance at Nationwide Arena tonight, but also the number of goatee-stained Rick Nash
bobbleheads floating among the faithful. Each fan at tonight’s game received a complimentary bobblehead embodying the Blue Jackets captain, who had an impactful game himself. He launched a game-high eight shots on goal and his shot ended up the primary assist on Brassard’s 3-2 goal.
Blue Jackets Head Coach Scott Arniel
Commenting on the game…
"I thought we played very, very hard in the first. We out chanced them 9-2, 15 shots on goal and we're losing 2-1 on a deflection and a rebound goal. The second period we took four minors and took the whole flow out of our game. We put the big push on at the end and had some chances; Brass (Derick Brassard) had that great opportunity at the end. We couldn't find a way to get it tied up."
Blue Jackets Center Derick Brassard
Commenting on tonight's game…
"It's been seven games that we have come up short with four or five games (losing) by one goal. We did a good push at the end, we took a lot of penalties in the second and it broke the flow of the game and it’s pretty hard to kill penalties in the game and we show up with emotion in the third and we came up short again."
Los Angeles Kings Head Coach Terry Murray
Commenting on tonight's game…
"Kopi (Anze Kopitar) had a very strong game to follow up a real good game at Detroit. I really like his strength with the puck, carrying the puck behind the net on the goal, under pressure gets it back on top and drives to the net looking for good things to happen. Overall, very strong and a very, very good game."