Game 31: Kings 2, Blue Jackets 1 (FINAL) - LA Kings Insider

The Kings are 30th in the NHL in scoring, while the Columbus Blue Jackets are 28th. Will it be a race to two goals tonight? All the action will be on Fox Sports West and on 1150-AM and affiliates, with all the game updates here as well…

In goal: It’s still Quick against Sanford.
Kings 1, Blue Jackets 1: The Kings ended their scoring drought 4:33 into the third period. Anze Kopitar did the hard work, carrying the puck behind the net and into the corner. Kopitar then fed a pass to the blue line to Davis Drewiske, who shot quickly from the left point. With Dustin Brown in front of the net — the Blue Jackets called for goalie interference — the shot beat Sanford for Drewiske’s second career goal (and first since 2009). Kopitar and Brown got assists. The Kings had gone 130 minutes, 35 seconds, without a goal and 168:01 without an even-strength goal.
Kings 2, Blue Jackets 1: After going more than two hours of game time without a goal, the Kings scored twice within four minutes to take the lead. This time, Drew Doughty took a slap shot, through traffic, from the right point. Dustin Brown, near the slot, reached his stick out and deflected from the puck past Sanford. Simon Gagne also got an assist.
End of game: The Kings broke their five-game losing streak as they outshot the Blue Jackets 41-25.

In goal: It’s still Quick against Sanford.
Blue Jackets 1, Kings 0: For a sixth consecutive game, the Kings didn’t score a first-period goal and allowed the first goal. This time, after outshooting Columbus 25-13, the Kings allowed the first goal with 3:17 remaining in the second period. Vinny Prospal shot a loose puck, through traffic, and the shot deflected off Columbus’ Jeff Carter and looped up and over Quick’s shoulder and into the net. Nikita Nikitin also got an assist.
End of period: The Kings have now not scored a goal in 126 minutes, 2 seconds, and haven’t scored an even-strength or power-play goal in 163:28. Shots are 26-14 in favor of the Kings through two periods. The teams will play 4-on-4 for the first 1:54 of the third period.

In goal: It’s the Kings’ Jonathan Quick against the Blue Jackets’ Curtis Sanford.
End of period: The Kings outshot the Blue Jackets 17-6 but didn’t take the action to the net very often. Their best chance was a 2-on-1 break with Anze Kopitar and Simon Gagne, but Sanford made the save on Kopitar. The Kings went 0-for-1 on the power play and 2-for-2 on the penalty kill, and Drew Doughty helped prevent a goal when he jumped into the crease to help Quick cover a loose puck.

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Adrian Kempe

#9 | 6′ 2″ | 195 lb | Age: 21

Born: September 13, 1996
Birthplace: Kramfors, SWE
Position: LW
Handedness: Left


Kempe was selected by the Kings in the first round (29th overall) in the 2014 NHL Draft.

Alex Iafallo

#19 | 6′ | 185 lb | Age: 23

Born: December 21, 1993
Birthplace: Eden, NY, USA
Position: C
Handedness: Left


Iafallo was signed by the Kings as an unrestricted free agent on April 18, 2017.

Anze Kopitar

#11 | 6′ 3″ | 224 lb | Age: 29

Born: August 24, 1987
Birthplace: Jesenice, SVN
Position: C
Handedness: Left


As the 11th overall pick in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft, Kopitar became the first Slovenian to play in the NHL. Kopitar has spent his entire NHL career with the Kings, and following the 2015–16 season, was named the Kings’ captain. Noted for both his offensive and defensive play, Kopitar was awarded the Frank J. Selke Trophy as the best defensive forward in the NHL in 2016.

Drew Doughty

#8 | 6′ 1″ | 195 lb | Age: 26

Born: December 8, 1989
Birthplace: London, ON, CAN
Position: D
Handedness: Right


Bio: Doughty is a Canadian defenceman who was selected second overall by the Kings in the 2008 Draft. Doughty made his NHL debut in 2008 as an 18-year-old and was named to the All-Rookie Team. He is a two-time Stanley Cup champion with the Kings, a two-time Olympic gold medallist with the Canadian national team, and a Norris Trophy finalist.

Jeff Carter

#77 | 6′ 4″ | 215 lb | Age: 31

Born: January 1, 1985
Birthplace: London, ON, CAN
Position: C
Handedness: Right


Carter began his hockey career playing in the Ontario Hockey League in Canada before joining the AHL and playing for the Philadelphia Flyers. He was then traded to the Colombus Blue jackets before joining the LA Kings in 2012, where he has since won two Stanley Cups with the Kings.

Jonathan Quick

#32 | 6′ 1″ | 218 lb | Age: 30

Born: January 21, 1986
Birthplace: Milford, CT, USA
Position: G
Handedness: Left


Bio: Quick is the current goaltender for the LA Kings and was selected by Los Angeles at the 2005 NHL Entry Draft. Previously, Quick was a silver medalist with USA at the 2010 Winter Olympics. He’s won two Stanley Cup championships with the Kings, along with being the most recent goaltender to be awarded the Conn Smythe Trophy as the Most Valuable Player (MVP) of the 2012 Stanley Cup playoffs.