Some notes from last night’s game…
– The Kings completed their season series with Columbus as they beat the Blue Jackets 4-2 on Friday night at Nationwide Arena.
– The Kings improved to 6-2-1 in their last nine games and finished their series against Columbus with a 3-1-0 record, including one shootout win.
– Anze Kopitar scored the Kings’ first three goals and completed the Kings’ second hat trick of the season with 8:47 remaining in the second period. It was the second hat trick of Kopitar’s career, following the three goals he scored on Oct. 22, 2009, against Dallas at STAPLES Center. The franchise record for most goals in a game is four, which has been done 17 times, most recently by Luc Robitaille on Nov. 25, 1993, at Quebec. Kopitar leads the Kings with 24 goals and 69 points in 68 games this season and has seven goals and seven assists in his last nine games.
– The Kings went 1-for-5 on the power play and 3-for-3 on the penalty kill. The Kings are 17-for-17 on the penalty kill in their last five games and have killed 18 consecutive opponents’ power plays overall.
– The Blue Jackets outshot the Kings 34-22, including 14-3 in the third period.
– The Kings improved to 18-14-3 on the road, 29-10-2 when scoring first, 17-3-2 when leading after the first period and 21-0-1 when leading after the second period. The Kings are 31-7-2 when scoring three or more goals and 30-6-2 when allowing two or fewer goals.
– Jonathan Bernier stopped 32 of 34 shots in the win. Bernier has allowed two or fewer goals in three of his last four starts and in seven of his last nine starts.
– Justin Williams had one goal and two assists, including one power-play assist. Williams has two goals and five assists in his last four games.
– Drew Doughty had two assists, giving him 26 assists and 36 points this season.
– Jack Johnson had a power-play assist. Johnson ranks second on the Kings with 36 assists, and 24 of those assists have come on the power play.
– Dustin Brown had one assist and ranks third on the Kings with 45 points in 68 games.
– Dustin Penner had one assist. Penner has one goal and three assists in his five games with the Kings.
– Matt Greene had one assist, his eighth assist of the season.
– Anze Kopitar recorded a team-high four shots on goal. Matt Greene was credited with a team-high three hits and Willie Mitchell was credited with a team-high four blocked shots.
– Drew Doughty played a game-high 24 minutes, 15 seconds. Michal Handzus led all Kings forwards in ice time at 21:09.
– The Kings won 35 of 59 faceoffs (59 percent). Jarret Stoll won 11 of 14 draws (79 percent).