LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The power play has been one critical reason why the Los
Angeles Kings have gone almost a month between victories.
But Trent Klatt scored twice with the man-advantage to get his teammates
another consolation point in the standings.
"If you take a look at the last eight or 10 games, if we'd had a couple
more power-play goals, I think we would have had a few more wins and not as
many ties," Klatt said.
The Kings' 2-2 tie with the Columbus Blue Jackets on Saturday night extended
their winless streak to 11 games at 0-3-7-1.
"We've got to score goals on our power play -- it doesn't matter who's out
there," Klatt said. "I just happened to be in the right place at the right
time for both of them. But no one person deserves any individual credit there.
It was a collective effort by everyone."
The only other player this season to score two power-play goals in the same
game for them was Luc Robitaille, on Nov. 18 in a 4-3 home loss to Boston.
"Our power-play percentage has not been that good thus far," Kings coach
Andy Murray said. "And at our present state, that's something that's going to
have to improve. So it was good to see pucks going in tonight. It was nice to
see Trent Klatt be rewarded for his efforts."
Roman Cechmanek made 31 saves for the Kings, whose previous victory was Dec.
16 against Edmonton. It's the franchise's longest winless drought since a
16-game streak (0-7-9) in 1981-82.
"We have to continue to play harder," Klatt said. "It's got to be simple,
hard-nosed hockey. We've got to get ugly goals, bring our lunch pails, get in
the trenches and outwork teams. That's the only way we're going to get
ourselves out of it."
Columbus defenseman Anders Eriksson ended a 135-game goal-scoring drought
during a power play, Todd Marchant had a goal and an assist and Marc Denis made
16 of his 30 saves in the third period.
"I think we sat back too much in the third period, and they really took it
to us," Columbus captain Luke Richardson said. "When you play like this,
you're lucky to hold on."
The Blue Jackets didn't have to face two of their biggest nemeses in Ziggy
Palffy (nine goals in 10 games against them) and Adam Deadmarsh (eight goals in
10 games). Palffy is scheduled to undergo season-ending shoulder surgery
Monday, and Deadmarsh hasn't played since Dec. 15 of last season because of
The Kings also lost left wing Martin Straka when he sprained his left knee
on a knee-on-knee hit with Eriksson with about 61/2 minutes left in the second
period and was helped to the bench by referee Kerry Fraser -- while play was
Marchant gave Columbus a 2-1 lead 66 seconds into the second period,
converting Geoff Sanderson's pass from behind the net after Sanderson worked
the puck away from defenseman Lubomir Visnovsky.
The Kings, held to a season-low 17 shots in Thursday's 3-1 loss to
Vancouver, pulled even at 16:10 of the second when Klatt tipped in Jaroslav
Modry's slap shot from the left point during a high-sticking penalty against
The Blue Jackets, 2-for-50 on the power play during a 10-game stretch before
connecting twice in Thursday's 3-2 overtime win at San Jose, opened the scoring
just four seconds after Kings forward John Tripp was sent off for
Eriksson got a cross-ice pass from Marchant and one-timed it past Cechmanek
from 55 feet in the slot -- only the fifth goal scored by a Columbus defenseman
Eriksson's goal was his first since Oct. 14, 2000, and his 15th in 375 NHL
games. He became the sixth player in less than three weeks to end lengthy
scoring droughts against the Kings: Anaheim's Todd Simpson (84 games), San
Jose's Todd Harvey (45), Dallas' Stu Barnes (18) and Vancouver teammates Brent
Sopel (24) and Artem Chubarov (20).
The Kings tied it just 23 seconds before the first intermission, while Duvie
Westcott was serving an interference penalty. Derek Armstrong's slap shot from
the left circle struck Klatt, who whipped his 10th goal past Denis just as the
puck landed at his feet.