Columbus Blue Jackets @ Los Angeles Kings
Thursday, February 6th, 2014, 10:30PM (Eastern)
Staples Center, Los Angeles, California
The Columbus Blue Jackets came into tonight’s game after having 2 days off, fresh legs on their side and I like to think a hatred of the Los Angeles Kings, just like their fan base. They started early, scoring on their first power play of the game, a mere 1 minute and 40 seconds into the game. They set the pace for most of the first period, and looked to be the superior team.
The Kings came out to play in the second period, and dictated much of the period. Dustin Brown made a dirty play by going after Ryan Murray‘s head, and leaving his feet, which knocked Murray out of the rest of the second period. The penalty kill came up huge all period, killing off three penalties during the twenty minutes, while the refs seemed to favor the Kings in the second. Sergei Bobrovsky had been up to the task through two periods, he was Bobtastic.
The Blue Jackets don’t lose many games when they are leading after two periods, however tonight would not be a game that would reflect that record. After a back and forth third period, where the only goal scored was by the Kings, the teams would head to overtime after 60 minutes wasn’t enough to settle this contest. The overtime was back and forth as well, until the Kings ended it on a goal by Robyn Regehr. The Blue Jackets picked up a point, but I guarantee if you ask anyone in that visiting locker room, they would say the game’s outcome was disappointing.
My 3 Stars:
1st Star: Jack Johnson
2nd Star: Ryan Johansen
3rd Star: James Wisniewski