FINAL: Columbus 2, Kings 0

Yet another shutout in a Kings-Blue Jackets game… This time it goes Columbus’ way, as the Blue Jackets got stellar defense and ultra-steady goalie play from Mason in the victory. Kris Russell’s goal late in the second period, after a breakdown in front of the Kings’ net, was the only goal until Rick Nash’s empty-netter with 1:15 to play.

The Kings had only 22 shots on goal, to the Blue Jackets’ 25, so goalie Jonathan Quick once again put up solid numbers with 23 saves.

Drew Doughty led the Kings with 26 minutes, 2 seconds, of ice time.

Postgame quotes/notes to follow fairly shortly…

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  • Duckhunter

    I sure would like to see our number one line do something when we need them.

  • anthony

    I can’t stomach these low scoring shut outs anymore.
    With players like Kopi, Frolov, POS, Brown, Stoll, Handzus, Doughty. there’s no reason why the team shouldn’t be scoring at least 3-4 goals a game.
    Every other game when they lose, they either get shut out or score only one goal.
    Its embarrassing. If you were at the game for the first time with your family, after this performance, would you take your family to watch the same team play again? Spend all that hard eaned money (during this economy).

    Question,
    Was Kopitar in uniform today.

  • Bring Back the Shield Jersey

    Man o man was that a dull game. But give Columbus credit; they had pressure all over the ice.

    You knew we were in trouble early on when you saw:
    1) how flat-footed the kings were early on. When they had the puck in our zone we looked like Crawford’s teams playing defense, kinda standing around watching. Even when we had the puck we were standing around in our own zone. People didn’t know what to do against the pressure or where to go with the puck;

    2) so many turnovers just inside their blue-line upon entry;

    3) the lack of urgency in getting both men and the puck to the front of the net. This, to me, is the king’s most chronic problem, too happy to be behind the net, to the side of the net, on the perimeter. In general, tonight the team was a cast of Frolovs. Not enough grit. One of hockey’s beauties is watching players struggle and suffer, paying the price it’s called, in order to score and defend. It’s been great watching Kopitar become grittier recently. You appreciate the effort. But tonight we just lacked this in the offensive zone.

  • EAT THE RICH

    I thought as a group of individuals the Kings players all had pretty damned good games. A bounce here or there and the Kings win.
    As a team, the Kings failed because they couldn’t muster a goal. And you can’t win if you can’t score.
    6th shutout of the season. Is that a Kings record?
    I certainly can’t complain about a lack of line combinations.
    What is with the fascination of playing the weakest players at their positions all on the ice at the same time?
    4th offensive line – 3rd defensive pairing.
    I’m assuming he’s placing them on the ice the least because he thinks they are the weakest players, but shouldn’t you try to balance strength at the back with weak at the front, or vice versa?
    I have no clue why Dustin Brown isn’t scoring tons of goals. Is it who he’s playing with, or is it Dustin trying to do too much?

    – The Kings finished the 2008 calendar year 33-35-11.

    We’re currently 15-16-6, one game under .500. We’re getting better, but we’re still not technically any better in the standings than in winter/spring ’08.

    I thought Columbus played really well and with bravery. Both teams did.

  • Rachel

    So I have woken up from my short sleep after driving home [to san diego]. I have work which sucks but you don’t need to know my life story. ANYWAY.
    I had the absolute pleasure of hitting up kings practice yesterday and the team looked amazing. Jacks coming along great too. Richardson [well i never was fond of the guy] not so much. The game though. I’m really really sick of driving 6 hours [three there,three back] to watch a game like that. It’s like we were always chasing the puck and we never had control of it. I was thoroughly frustrated and I’ve learnt to not scream at the players but last night was the perfect occasion for it. They pass it when they need to shoot it and the shoot it when they should pass. [Or is that just Kopitar]. AH. It’s frustrating. I think they went in there thinking “oh we got this in the bag” and then Columbus skates all over them.

    Anthony: The poor guy was tired. I mean absolutely exhausted. You could tell by the way he skated around the ice. And during face offs even from my seat in 205 you could see the guy hyperventilating. Poor Kopitar. :[.

    Oh PS. Drew Doughty IS god.

  • EAT THE RICH

    If the players are exhausted, something is f@#ked up.
    Is Kompon getting these guys prepared for the game in the right way?
    I’ve heard good things but think the Kings players almost look smaller than they are, a sense you don’t get when you look at Thornton and Hossa.
    I don’t get to see these guys work out, but P Bure had ENORMOUS legs and, having just watch Miracle, our boys should be expected to be THE MOST FIT team in the league.
    If we’re not fit enough, it’s imperative that it be fixed.
    http://worldhockeydaily.wordpress.com/

  • Rachel

    So I have woken up from my short sleep after driving home [to san diego]. I have work which sucks but you don’t need to know my life story. ANYWAY.
    I had the absolute pleasure of hitting up kings practice yesterday and the team looked amazing. Jacks coming along great too. Richardson [well i never was fond of the guy] not so much. The game though. I’m really really sick of driving 6 hours [three there,three back] to watch a game like that. It’s like we were always chasing the puck and we never had control of it. I was thoroughly frustrated and I’ve learnt to not scream at the players but last night was the perfect occasion for it. They pass it when they need to shoot it and the shoot it when they should pass. [Or is that just Kopitar]. AH. It’s frustrating. I think they went in there thinking “oh we got this in the bag” and then Columbus skates all over them.

    Anthony: The poor guy was tired. I mean absolutely exhausted. You could tell by the way he skated around the ice. And during face offs even from my seat in 205 you could see the guy hyperventilating. Poor Kopitar. :[.

    Oh PS. Drew Doughty IS god.