Postgame notes (March 8)
Some notes from last night’s game…
– The Kings had their three-game winning streak ended, as they lost to the Columbus Blue Jackets 3-1 on Thursday night at Nationwide Arena.
– The Kings remain in ninth place in the Western Conference, one point behind eighth-place San Jose (which has played one fewer game) and two points behind seventh-place Phoenix (which has played one additional game), and tied with 10th-place Colorado (which has played two additional games).
– The Kings finished the season series against Columbus with a 2-2-0 record. The Blue Jackets outscored the Kings by a combined margin of 7-6.
– The Kings now have a 15-9-5 record against teams currently in the top eight in the Western Conference, and a 9-9-3 record against non-playoff Western Conference teams.
– The Kings have been held under two goals in 27 of their 67 games this season, and have a 3-17-7 record in those games.
– The Blue Jackets outshot the Kings 36-30, including 15-12 in the first period.
– The Kings went 0-for-1 on the power play and 5-for-5 on the penalty kill. The Kings have not allowed a power-play goal in seven games and have killed 23 consecutive penalties.
– The Kings fell to 14-11-8 on the road, 7-20-6 when allowing the first goal, 2-11-4 when trailing after the first period and 1-21-3 when trailing after the second period.
– The Kings’ only goal was a first-period shorthanded goal by Anze Kopitar. It was the Kings’ sixth shorthanded goal of the season, and Kopitar’s first.
– Jonathan Bernier stopped 33 of 36 shots, which marked Bernier’s season-high in saves and shots faced. Bernier had allowed two or fewer goals in each of his previous seven starts.
– Anze Kopitar scored the Kings’ goal, to push his team-high totals to 20 goals and 57 points. Kopitar has recorded at least one point in five consecutive games (three goals, three assists).
– Dustin Brown had an assist, his 22nd assist and 41st point of the season. Brown has recorded at least one point in six consecutive games (five goals, five assists), and has 12 points in his last eight games (six goals, six assists).
– Anze Kopitar and Justin Williams each recorded a game-high five shots on goal. Dustin Brown was credited with a game-high 10 hits. Dustin Penner and Rob Scuderi each were credited with a team-high three blocked shots.
– Drew Doughty led the Kings in ice time, at 25 minutes, 46 seconds, followed by Dustin Brown and Slava Voynov, each at 20:56.
– The Kings won 33 of 56 faceoffs (59 percent). Anze Kopitar won 12 of 19 draws (63 percent). Mike Richards won 11 of 16 draws (69 percent). Jarret Stoll won 6 of 15 draws (40 percent).