Kings beat Columbus 6-0
Perhaps Fredrik Modin brought the secrets with him from Columbus?
Modin, acquired from the Blue Jackets before last week’s trade deadline, was one of 12 Kings skaters to record at least one point Monday night as the Kings crushed Columbus 6-0 before 17,524 at STAPLES Center.
Two nights after a dismal loss to Montreal, the Kings took out their frustrations on the Blue Jackets in a game that wasn’t even as close as the score might indicate.
The Kings outshot the Columbus 26-5 in the first two periods, tied their season high with three power-play goals and chased Columbus goalie Steve Mason in the second period, when they took a 6-0 lead.
``When you get into these kinds of games, the remaining part of the season, it's always about the checking and defensive structure that you show,’’ Kings coach Terry Murray said. ``Holding teams to a fewer number of shots is always the read that I make on our hockey club.’’
There were plenty of heroes for the Kings. Alexander Frolov tied a career high with three assists, and also scored a goal. Wayne Simmonds
, Drew Doughty
, Michal Handzus
, Modin and Brad Richardson also had goals. Randy Jones
had two assists.
At the other end, Jonathan Quick
made 11 saves for his third shutout of the season and his seventh career shutout.
``The team played great the whole game,’’ Quick said. ``We took a couple penalties there at the end, but our PK unit played great and it was real easy for me. We had some big goals and it was a great game.’’
The win capped a big week for Modin. Last Tuesday, just before the NHL trade deadline, he waived his no-movement clause and accepted a trade to the Kings, ending his injury-plagued three-season stint with the Blue Jackets.
Modin had only two goals in 24 games with Columbus this season, but he already has two goals in his three games with the Kings.
``It's always nice to get a chance to score against your old team,’’ Modin said. ``I thought we played a good game. We had a good start. Obviously they took a lot of penalties and we were able to capitalize on them and snowball a little bit.’’
The Kings started their onslaught early, as they took a 1-0 lead 5:49 into the first period. Simmonds took a nie pass from Modin, picked up the puck just inside the blue line in the Columbus zone, carried up the right side and beat Mason with a wrist shot from just inside the right circle.
Doughty gave the Kings a two-goal lead with 6:36 remaining in the first period with a 4-on-4 goal. Handzus dug out the puck from behind the net and centered it to Doughty, whose big one-time slap shot from between the circles beat Mason.
The Kings got a four-minute power play when Columbus' Rick Nash was called for high-sticking, and they capitalized twice. First, 37 seconds into the power play, Anze Kopitar
tried a wraparound and Handzus twice poked at the rebound and scored after Mason was unable to glove the puck. Handzus made it 3-0 with 5:22 remaining in the second period.
Then, 41 seconds later, Frolov scored on a slap shot from the top of the left circle, off assists from Jones and Jack Johnson
. Mathieu Garon then replaced Mason in goal, with the Kings holding a 12-3 edge in shots at that point.
The Kings didn't treat Garon any better than they did Mason, as they scored a power-play goal 4:20 into the second period. Frolov did a good job at the blue line of pushing the puck into the Columbus zone, and Modin picked up to the puck, cut to the net and beat Garon with a backhand shot.
Richardson gave the Kings a 6-0 lead 9:46 into the second period. Jarret Stoll
shot from the left circle, and the rebound came out in front, onto the stick of Richardson, who quickly scored on the rebound. Frolov got an assist for his fourth point of the night.
``He played an outstanding game,’’ Murray said of Frolov. ``He gave us a big effort in all areas of the game. His strength, obviously, what was see every game, is down below the dots in the offensive zone. His cycle, his holding onto the puck in one-on-one situations, he was showing his complete game tonight. Lots of speed. I like to see that.
``That's one of the reasons, one of the thoughts, I had for putting him on the right-wing side, that we might get more out of that part of the game from him. I liked his effort.’’
Handzus recorded his 400th NHL point and 100th point as a King. He has 12 points in the last 12 games 5-7=12...Quick is now tied with Edwards and Desjardins for 7th overall in shutouts...The Kings three power play goals tie a season high...12 of the 18 Kings skaters recorded a point in the game...Kings improve to 25-0-0 when leading after two periods of play...Kings are 9-0-0 when Frolov has a multi-point night. His four points (1-3=4) and three assists are a season high this year...Kings tied a season high 4 goals in one period. Last time was 11-5-09 vs. PIT...Kopitar extends his point streak to seven games 4-3=7 in that span. His career-high is eight games.
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