The view from Columbus
-Aaron Portzline has the main game recap. Of note: the Kings held the Blue Jackets without a shot on goal for a stretch of 18:28 between the second and third periods, nearly equaling the 18:31 stretch in which L.A. held Nashville without a shot on goal last Thursday.
Columbus Dispatch – Kings 4, Blue Jackets 2: Struggling offense
More links after the jump.
-Shawn Mitchell has the Blue Jackets notebook, which calls to attention the fight between Mike Richards and Brandon Dubinsky. It was the fifth time the two former Atlantic Division rivals have squared off together. “I don’t know how to describe it. I don’t think we have a vendetta against each other,” Dubinsky told Mitchell.
Columbus Dispatch – Blue Jackets notebook: Rivals Dubinsky, Richards go at it
-Mitchell and Michael Arace have a thorough account of the game on the Dispatch’s Puck Rakers blog, which clocks in at an impressive 1,331 words. Also of note: Columbus won 61 percent of faceoffs last night, including Ryan Johansen’s 8-for-9 faceoff performance. Though Johansen was a minus-2 overall, there’s enormous potential for the skilled center who was selected fourth overall when Staples Center hosted the NHL Draft in 2010.
Columbus Dispatch – Game 10: Kings’ Cure
UPDATE: Johansen was assigned to AHL-Springfield this morning.
-The Cannon has another lengthy and worthy recap. I’m not trying to tell you what to think here, but you’ve got to feel a little bit of sympathy towards a fanbase that has never experienced a playoff win. This line makes me sad: “Give Columbus credit for not allowing an empty net goal, and perhaps in a sick way for not being the worst margin of defeat tonight,” Matt Wagner wrote. Yeesh.
The Cannon – Game 10 Recap: It’s Not How You Start, It’s How You Finish