THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH

Aaron Portzline: Blue Jackets 5, Kings 3: Winning streak is uncharted territory

“Asked if he can remember the Blue Jackets having this much offensive confidence, Umberger, who joined the club in 2007, didn’t blink.

“Not since I’ve been here,” he said. “Since when have we had three power-play lines that could be dangerous at any moment?”

Shawn Mitchell: Game 49: Seven, With Ease

“It’s the way the Blue Jackets are winning that’s more than a little surprising.

They’ve scored 28 goals during this seven-game winning streak (don’t count the shootouts, folks), which has pushed them up to eighth in the NHL in scoring at 2.84 per game.

Repeat: the Blue Jackets are eighth in the NHL in scoring. This from a team that only once (16th, 2002-03) has finished outside the bottom-third of the league in goals per game.”

Bob Hunter: Blue Jackets giving fans something to believe in

“Maybe it means that the Blue Jackets are finally becoming a pretty good team. Then again, their other six-game winning streak, which occurred from March 24 to April 3, 2006, led to … nothing.

This is the eighth season since then, and the Jackets have made just one playoff appearance in that span. That shows that you have to weigh the importance of milestone moments — good and bad — very carefully.”

THE CANNON

Matt Wagner: Game 49 Recap: Lucky Number Seven

“There were a few more gut clenching moments, but fans in Nationwide and around the interwebs were able to breathe a huge sigh of relief when AA made something beautiful happen.

Stealing the puck away from Richards, Anisimov chipped the puck in deep to Nick Foligno, then turned himself back around and drove through the collapsing Kings, taking the puck back with a nice return pass from Foligno and tucking the puck in at the far corner for the 5-2 lead.”

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#27 | 6′ 1″ | 210 lb | Age: 29

Born: July 26, 1987
Birthplace: Rochester Hills, MI, USA
Position: D
Handedness: Left

Bio

Bio: Martinez was drafted by the LA Kings in the 2007 Draft, while playing for Miami University. He has since become a two-time Stanley Cup champion and the 17th man in Stanley Cup playoff history to score the Cup-winning goal in overtime.

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Anze Kopitar

#11 | 6′ 3″ | 224 lb | Age: 29

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

Bio

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.

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Drew Doughty

#8 | 6′ 1″ | 195 lb | Age: 26

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

Bio

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.

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#73 | 6′ 1″ | 200 lb | Age: 24

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

Bio

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#77 | 6′ 4″ | 215 lb | Age: 31

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

Bio

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#32 | 6′ 1″ | 218 lb | Age: 30

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

Bio

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.

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