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CROWN POINTS (OCT. 31)

by Staff Writer / Los Angeles Kings

Notes, quotes and anecdotes from the Kings vs. Blue Jackets on Halloween.

This column is read bottom to top.


Rick Nash scores an empty netter for a 4-1 Columbus win.

CBJ picks up a delay of game penalty with 34 seconds left on Rusty Klesla.

Nothing doing on any of those power plays

Penalties: Johnson at 2:55, two minutes for roughing, and Lubomir Visnovsky, two minutes for holding at 16:12 and for Columbus, Chimera, two minutes for high sticking at 30 seconds.

Period three has just flown by. There is just under seven minutes remaining, still 3-1.

END PERIOD TWO

Kings have a two man advantage and Leclaire made many brilliant saves after Manny Malhotra picked up an interference penalty and a tripping penalty for Adam Foote.

Brown, interference at 11:33.

That was the first power play goal that Columbus had allowed in its last 19 chances.

8:41, Jared Boll picked up a two-minute hooking penalty and the Kings have a shot to get back into the game...and they DO. KYLE CALDER with a goal. It was a Kyle Calder type goal, cleaning up a rebound in front of the CBJ net. Ladislav Nagy put the shot on goal and Brad Stuart also got an assist as LA pulls to 3-1 at 9:15. 

7:24, Jason Chimera scores his second of the night and it is 3-0. The play was actually created by Rick Nash, who got the only assist on the play, putting a shot on net before running into his own man. LaBarbera made the initial save and Chimera put a shot past LaBarbera and it is 3-0.


3:39 Ladislav Nagy takes an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty and the Jackets are on the power play.

At 3:21, CBJ take a 2-0 lead. Sergei Fedorov put a shot on net from the point with Gilbert Brule and Jared Boll parked in front of the Kings net. Brule put in the rebound and Columbus leads, 2-0.

Second period is well underway, Jason LaBarbera has been testedquite a bit this period.

Columbus has scored first in eight of its 11 games this season and is 5-1-1 in the previous seven...Thank you Columbus PR.

16:29, Jason Chimera puts the Blue Jackets on the board with a tight-angled shot over the left shoulder of Jason LaBarbera. Manny Malhotra fed him the puck as the pair raced up the ice on an odd-man advantage. Columbus 1, Los Angeles 0.


13:26, Jan Hejda, two minutes for tripping. Kings are sixth in the NHL with the man advantage, converting 21.9% of the time or (14-of-64) if you need the numeric proof.

By the way, LAKings.com is just finishing the Golf Video from Monday ...in case you missed it, here is the quick summary:

FSN West and Jack Johnson’s team won for lowest score, Kings Alumni of Rogie Vachon, Nelson Emerson, Ken Belanger, Ian Turnbull, and Strength and Conditioning coach Chad Smith came in 3rd, Kings forward John Zeiler’s team from Pechanga Resort & Casino won Most Honest, which means they were last.

FSN West’s Patick O’Neal won the putting contest.

Another kill for the suddenly red-hot Kings PK.

5:52, Raitis Ivanans, two minutes for interference. Kings have surrendered 11 goals in 55 short handed situations thus far on the season. Penalty Kill have given up just one goal in the last four games...as a result the Kings are on a four-game winning streak.

Anze Kopitar nearly got the Kings out to an early lead racing up the boards and cutting in and putting a shot on net that Pascal Leclaire initially stopped, only to have it trickle behind him and toward the net. Leclaire, however, was able to recover and make a stick save before the Kings could put a stick on it.

Not surprisingly, with that lineup on the ice, on the first stoppage of play, there is a scrum in front of the Kings net and a couple from both teams mix it up a bit.

Today's starters: Rob Blake and Lubomir Visnovsky on defense. Derek Armstrong - Raitis Ivanans and John Zeiler. The Blue Jackets counter with Jason Chimera - Manny Malhotra, Dan Fritsche with Adam Foote and Jan Hejda on defense and the NHL leader in GAA and SV% in the Jackets net.

After a two-game hiatus Crown Points is back.

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