One more for the night… Game notes, and a couple items at the bottom:
–The Kings went 0 for 5 on the power play and are now 1 for 17 on the power play in their last three games. The power-play unit also allowed Rick Nash’s shorthanded goal in the third period. The Kings went 4 for 6 on the penalty kill.
–The Kings lost 29 of 48 faceoffs. Trevor Lewis was 0 for 5 and Jarret Stoll was 4 for 14.
–Dustin Brown scored the Kings’ only goal, which gave them a 1-0 lead 10:08 into the first period. After going without a goal for the first six games, Brown now has scored goals in back-to-back games.
–Ryan Smyth assisted on Brown’s goal and now has at least one point in seven of his first eight games. Smyth has five goals and five assists in eight games.
–Anze Kopitar also assisted on Brown’s goal and now has at least one point in seven of his first eight games. Kopitar has four goals and eight assists in eight games.
–Jonathan Quick made 20 saves but lost his second consecutive game after a 4-1 start. The Kings outshot the Blue Jackets 28-24.
–Drew Doughty led the Kings in ice time, at 23:34. Michal Handzus led all Kings forwards at 19:52. The three players who were considered questionable before the game, due to illness, had their minutes reduced from normal. Alexander Frolov played 18:51, Justin Williams played 14:28 and Teddy Purcell played 10:49.
–Kopitar led the Kings with five shots on goal. Brown had a team-high six hits.
— Sunday’s Kings practice in Dallas has been called off. Players are now scheduled to have the entire day off. I’ll still be talking to Terry Murray, and maybe a player or two, at some point tomorrow.