Game 67: Blue Jackets 3, Kings 1 (FINAL) - LA Kings Insider

Jeff Carter returns to Columbus, and Jack Johnson faces the Kings. Who will get the best of his former mates tonight? The Kings face the Blue Jackets, with all the action on Prime Ticket and on 1150-AM and affiliates, with all the game updates here as well…

In goal: It’s still Bernier vs. Sanford.
End of period: The Kings had their three-game winning streak ended after a scoreless third period. The Blue Jackets outshot the Kings 36-30.

In goal: It’s still Bernier vs. Mason.
Blue Jackets 3, Kings 1: Columbus took a two-goal lead 3:07 into the period. Bernier made the stop on a shot from Maksim Mayorov from the left side, but couldn’t cover the rebound. Rob Scuderi and Kyle Clifford were in front of the net, but both wound up facing the net as Mark Letestu found the loose puck and scored from close range for his second goal of the game. Vaclav Prospal also got an assist.
Goalie change: Curtis Sanford replaced Steve Mason in goal for Columbus 11 minutes into in the second period, after Mason appeared to suffer a cut on his hand or arm.
End of period: The Blue Jackets outshot the Kings 11-9 in the period. The Kings went 2-for-2 on the penalty kill and did not have a power play.

Officials: Steve Kozari, Marcus Vinnerborg (referees); Bryan Pancich, Mark Wheler (linesmen).
Lineups: Davis Drewiske, Brad Richardson and Kevin Westgarth are the Kings’ healthy scratches.
In goal: It’s the Kings’ Jonathan Bernier against the Blue Jackets’ Steve Mason.
Blue Jackets 1, Kings 0: Columbus took the lead 9:14 into the game. Matt Greene’s outlet-pass attempt was picked off deep in the Kings’ zone by Vaclav Prospa, who then fed a cross-ice pass to the blue line. James Wisniewski’s slap shot from the right point got deflected by Mark Letestu and beat Bernier.
Kings 1, Blue Jackets 1: The Kings tied the game on Anze Kopitar’s shorthanded goal with 7:38 remaining in the period. Dustin Brown forced the puck away from Derek Dorsett in the neutral zone, then pushed the puck toward Kopitar, who took the puck to the net with speed and tucked it around Mason for his 20th goal of the season.
Blue Jackets 2, Kings 1: Jack Johnson’s goal with 8.5 seconds remaining in the period gave the Blue Jackets the lead. After a scramble in the Kings’ zone, and a deflected pass attempt, Johnson went to the slot, found a loose puck and put a shot past Bernier. Derick Brassard and R.J. Umberger picked up assists.
End of period: The Blue Jackets outshot the Kings 15-12 in the period. The Kings went 0-for-1 on the power play and 1-for-1 on the penalty kill, and scored a shorthanded goal.

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Jake Muzzin

#6 | 6′ 3″ | 216 lb | Age: 27

Born: Feb 21, 1989
Birthplace: Woodstock, ON, CAN
Position: D
Handedness: Left


Muzzin was drafted in 2007 by the Pittsburgh Penguins, before signing to the Kings in 2010. He has since become the first Woodstock, Ontario professional athlete to win a major sports trophy.

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.

Tyler Toffoli

#73 | 6′ 1″ | 200 lb | Age: 24

Born: April 24, 1992
Birthplace: Scarborough, ON, CAN
Position: C
Handedness: Right


Toffoli is a Canadian professional ice hockey forward, drafted by the Kings in the second round of the 2010 Draft. Toffoli scored his first career NHL goal in his second game in a 4–0 victory over the Phoenix Coyotes in 2013. He was also named the 2012–13 AHL All-Rookie Team.

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.