Los Angeles Kings center Mike Richards (10) digs the puck out from under Columbus Blue Jackets goalie Steve Mason (1) during the third period at Nationwide Arena. Los Angeles defeated Columbus 4-2. Mandatory Credit: Russell LaBounty-USA TODAY Sports (US PRESSWIRE)

Jackets Fall To Kings


After a big 4-2 win against Detroit, the Columbus Blue Jackets fell to the Los Angeles Kings 4-2 at Nationwide Arena Tuesday night. Derek MacKenzie and Derick Brassardtallied the goals for the Blues Jackets, while Steve Mason stopped 27. Columbus now has a record of 3-6-1.

The Jackets controlled the play for the opening period, outshooting the Kings 10-8 and scoring the frame’s only goal. MacKenzie scored his first goal of the season at the 13:02 mark of the period. MacKenzie went hard to the net, and got rewarded as the puck deflected off of his skate and past Jonathan Quick. Fedor Tyutin earned his seventh assist of the season on the play.

A soft goal allowed by Steve Mason early in the second period allowed the flood gates to open. Anze Kopitar backhanded one through the legs of Mason to tie the contest. A few minutes later, Jeff Carter scored his fourth goal of the season to give the Kings the lead. Carter banked the puck off of Tyutin’s skate, and into the goal (It went through Mason’s legs again).

Brassard tied the game less than two minutes after Carter’s go-ahead goal. The 25-year-old backhanded one past Quick’s glove. Brassard essentially took a slap shot with the backhand, which is something you definitely don’t see every day.

The Kings would go on to score two more goals, and ultimately win the game 4-2. Columbus was outshot 31-20, including being outshot 17-2 in the second period.

Notes: 

*Some of the goals Steve Mason allowed could be defined as fluky, but I would define them as deflating. The Blue Jackets had a great first period, but LA seemed to take the lead with relative ease. All in all, Kopitar’s goal was very stoppable.

*Jack Johnson played for over half of the game against the Kings, earning 34:13 of ice time. He played 34:59 against the Red Wings on Saturday.

*Artem Anisimov leads the club with four goals so far.

Columbus will face the Calgary Flames Thursday night at 7:00.

More to come,

Ben Bean