March 1 postgame notes

-With the win, Los Angeles improved to 33-19-5 all-time against Columbus, a record that includes a home mark of 19-9-1. The Kings are 10-2-1 in their last 13 games against the Blue Jackets and swept the season series for the third time (also: 2012-13, 2014-15). They have three games remaining against the Eastern Conference, all at home: March 8 vs Washington, March 15 vs Detroit and March 17 vs New Jersey.

-Los Angeles improved to 19-9-1 against the Eastern Conference, 8-5-1 against the Metropolitan Division, 15-6 in games decided by three or more goals, 18-21-3 when their opponent scores first, 11-16-3 when trailing after the first period, 20-1-1 when leading after the second period and 19-9-2 when outshooting their opponent.

-The Kings won their 18th game when allowing the first goal, the most in the NHL. Since the NHL starting keeping track, this ties the most times Los Angeles has won a game when allowing the first goal (fourth time, also 2016-17, 2015-16 and 1988-89). The Kings have allowed the first goal in six straight games.

-With a minus-two first period goal differential, Los Angeles fell to -22 (40 GF/62 GA), the league’s worst first period goal differential. With a plus-two third period goal differential, they improved to +36, the league’s best third period goal differential. The Kings’ 82 third period goals are tied for the second most goals any team has scored in any period this season (TBL: 87 2P GF; NSH: 82 2P GF).

-Christian Folin (0-3=3) posted a career-high in points and assists and tied his career-high in points on the season with 10 (3-7=10). His assist on Jeff Carter’s shorthanded goal was the first shorthanded point of his career.

-Jeff Carter extended his goal streak to three games (3-0=3). The goal was his 17th career shorthanded goal, tied for ninth among all active players.

-Tyler Toffoli (0-1=1) extended his point streak to four games (2-2=4).

-Dion Phaneuf (0-1=1) extended his assist streak to three games (0-3=3), tying his longest assist streak of the season (Nov. 2-10 w/OTT).

-Anze Kopitar’s three-game assist and point streak was snapped at three games (2-4=6).

-Nate Thompson (1-0=1) scored his first goal as a King and fifth of the season. He won 10-of-12 faceoffs.

-The Kings won 28-of-51 faceoffs (55%). Adrian Kempe won 0-of-3, Anze Kopitar won 4-of-13, Nate Thompson won 10-of-12, Michael Amadio won 2-of-3, Torrey Mitchell won 3-of-9 and Jeff Carter won 9-of-11.

-Los Angeles attempted 57 shots (34 on goal, 15 blocked, 8 missed). Columbus attempted 64 shots (32 on goal, 14 blocked, 18 missed). Tanner Pearson, Seth Jones and Oliver Bjorkstrand finished tied with a game-high six shots on goal

The Kings are scheduled to practice at Toyota Sports Center at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, March 2.

-Lead photo via Juan Ocampo/NHLI

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