Blue Jackets get smoked in LA
The Columbus Blue Jackets got off to a slow start Monday night, allowing four goals in the first period en route to a 6-0 blow-out loss at the hands of the Los Angeles Kings. The crowd of 17,000+ at the Staples Center saw the home team garner their 39th win of the season, and move to within one point of Phoenix for second place in the Pacific. The Kings also trail the Coyotes for fourth place in the Western Conference, which could mean home ice advantage in the first round of the postseason.
The Kings scored their first goal 5:49 into the game when Wayne Simmonds netted his 15th of the season. The goal was assisted by Fredrik Modin and Rob Scurderi. 8 minutes later Drew Doughty scored his 13th of the season, from Michal Handzus and Alexander Frolov. Los Angeles then scored two more in the next two minutes to continue the onslaught. Handzus and Frolov scored the final two goals of the period; both on the power play.
The second period saw much of the same, with Fredrik Modin and Brad Richardson scoring goals to make the game 6-0. Los Angeles scored 3 power play goals, and outshot the Blue Jackets 35-11.
The loss for the Blue Jackets was their fifth straight, and it drops them to 13 points out of the final playoff position. The road woes continue for a Columbus team that has won just 10 of 34 games away from home ice. The Blue Jackets will visit Anaheim on Tuesday night, in an effort to garner one win while in California.