Racap: LA Kings at Columbus Blue Jackets (1/28/10)
The Columbus Blue Jackets were defeated on Thursday night 4-1 by the Los Angeles Kings. In front of the home crowd at Nationwide Arena, the Blue Jackets were shut-out through the first two periods. The Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick saved 29 of 30 shots for his 28th win of the season.
The Kings scored their first goal at the 11:05 mark when Matt Greene scored just his second goal of the season, assisted by Alexander Frolov. That goal was the lone goal for the first period. In the second period, the Kings once again scored the lone goal as Anze Kopitar notched his 21st goal of the season. Ryan Smyth and Wayne Simmonds got together on the assist.
In the third period, Ryan Smyth and Anze Kopitar added his second goal of the game to give Los Angeles a 4-0 lead. Columbus scored their lone goal of the night with 9:22 to go. Antoine Vermette scored his 17th goal of the season to put the Blue Jackets on the score board. The Blue Jackets out shot the Kings 30-18, including 12-3 in the final period.
The win for the Kings moved them to 31-19-3 overall, while Columbus fell to 21-26-9. The Blue Jackets will now host the St. Louis Blues on Saturday. The game will feature the 13th and 14th team in the Western Conference. St. Louis leads the Blue Jackets by 3 points for fourth place in the Central Division. St. Louis is 9-14-4 at home, and the Blue Jackets are 9-17-4 on the road.