Kings sink Jackets, polish off record-setting home stand

Alex Kinkopf  - LAKings.com | Sunday, 10.26.2014 / 7:45 PM

LOS ANGELES – Finishing up their lengthy home stand Sunday afternoon against the Columbus Blue Jackets, the Kings made franchise history – again, in their 5-2 win at STAPLES Center.

With the win, the Kings posted the club’s first ever perfect 6-0-0 record during a six game home stand, the previous best was 5-0-1 during the 1990-’91 season at the Great Western Forum.

The offense punched the Kings past Columbus after the Blue Jackets got on the board late in the first period. Three second period goals and a pair in the third allowed the Kings to jump their early deficit and cruise their way to a convincing win.

“Tonight wasn’t our best game of the home stand,” Darryl Sutter said following the win. “Carter was the best player on the ice and Tanner managed to chip a couple in.”

On a power play early in the second period, Jeff Carter tied the game for the Kings, putting away a loose puck in front of Columbus’ crease after Tyler Toffoli threw the puck into traffic. Carter’s goal was his fifth of the season.

Late in the second, the Kings took a two-goal lead when Tyler Toffoli and Dwight King scored 2:02 minutes apart from one another. Toffoli wristed home a back-door shot after receiving a gorgeous pass from Jeff Carter, and Dwight King snapped home the Kings’ third goal of the night after controlling an errant rebound to the left of Columbus’ net.

The Blue Jackets struck back quickly, but only for one goal, Mark Letestu scoring just :32 seconds after Dwight King gave the Kings a two goal lead.

In the third period, with the Kings clinging onto a 3-2 lead, Tanner Pearson struck for two more goals to give the Kings a 5-2 lead, the afternoon’s eventual final score. Pearson streaked down the left side after receiving a long stretch-pass from Tyler Toffoli, and beat Sergei Bobrovsky high and to the right corner. Pearson finished the day’s scoring a few minutes later, chipping home a loose puck to give the Kings a 5-2 lead with 4:34 left to play in regulation.

Pearson, with his sixth and seventh goals of the season Sunday, now leads the Kings in goals scored; he also leads all NHL rookies in that department.

The line of Jeff Carter (1G, 3A), Tyler Toffoli (1G, 3A), and Tanner Pearson (2G) combined for 10 points on the night.

Jeff Carter and Tyler Toffoli led the team in points (1G, 3A = 4pts each), Jake Muzzin, Justin Williams, and Tanner Pearson in shots (3), Jake Muzzin and Jarret Stoll in hits (4), Robyn Regehr and Drew Doughty in blocked shots (3), and Drew Doughty in minutes played (27:23).

Anze Kopitar left the game late in the second period after suffering an undisclosed upper body injury.

The Kings, who have been playing without the likes of Trevor Lewis, Marian Gaborik, and Slava Voynov, have done quite well for themselves, but the team will certainly be tested with a difficult road trip starting Tuesday.

“It was important to get the points tonight because we’re going on a tough trip,” Sutter said following the game. “I give our team credit for basically playing short-handed through all six games.”

After finishing with a perfect six game home stand, the Kings record lies at 6-1-1, they are also riding a seven game point streak. They’ll now hit the road for four games with stops in Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Detroit, and Carolina. The Kings will play the Philadelphia Flyers on Tuesday at the Wells Fargo Center. The puck is slated to drop at 4:00PM PT.

Scoring Summary
1st Period
14:39CBJ PPG - Tim Erixon (1) ASST: Scott Hartnell (9), Ryan Johansen (6) 1 - 0 CBJ
2nd Period
03:04LAK PPG - Jeff Carter (5) ASST: Tyler Toffoli (6), Drew Doughty (4) 1 - 1 Tie
16:30LAK Tyler Toffoli (4) ASST: Jeff Carter (5), Robyn Regehr (1) 2 - 1 LAK
18:32LAK Dwight King (1) ASST: Justin Williams (1), Jeff Carter (6) 3 - 1 LAK
19:04CBJ Mark Letestu (3) ASST: Corey Tropp (1), Dalton Prout (2) 3 - 2 LAK
3rd Period
11:49LAK Tanner Pearson (6) ASST: Tyler Toffoli (7), Brayden McNabb (1) 4 - 2 LAK
15:26LAK Tanner Pearson (7) ASST: Tyler Toffoli (8), Jeff Carter (7) 5 - 2 LAK
Three Stars of the Game
Tyler Toffoli
Tyler Toffoli
G: 1Shots: 2
A: 3Hits: 1
PTS: 4PIM: 0
+/-: 2TOI: 16:25
Jeff Carter
Jeff Carter
G: 1Shots: 1
A: 3Hits: 1
PTS: 4PIM: 0
+/-: 3TOI: 18:06
Tanner Pearson
Tanner Pearson
G: 2Shots: 3
A: 0Hits: 0
PTS: 2PIM: 0
+/-: 2TOI: 13:36
Penalty Summary
1st Period
01:55LAK Matt Greene  Fighting (maj) against  Corey Tropp
01:55CBJ Corey Tropp  Fighting (maj) against  Matt Greene
01:55LAK Matt Greene  Instigator against  Corey Tropp
01:55LAK Matt Greene  Instigator - Misconduct against  Corey Tropp
02:26CBJ Scott Hartnell  Roughing against  Dwight King
14:09LAK Drew Doughty  Interference against  Adam Cracknell
2nd Period
01:32CBJ Artem Anisimov  Interference on goalkeeper against  Jonathan Quick
02:42CBJ Ryan Johansen  Hooking against  Justin Williams
07:59LAK Jake Muzzin  Tripping against  Nick Foligno
3rd Period
08:49CBJ James Wisniewski  Delaying Game-Puck over glass
shots by period
Team Stats
Power Plays1/31/4
Faceoff Wins2940
Blocked Shots149
Penalty Minutes1321
7J. JohnsonD00-10019:21
10J. SkilleR00-13017:10
19R. JohansenC01-11218:36
20T. ErixonD10-1107:29
21J. WisniewskiD00-15221:48
26C. TroppR0101510:41
27R. MurrayD00-10017:55
32A. CracknellR00-21013:47
39M. ChaputC0001015:06
40J. BollR00-21014:24
42A. AnisimovC0002217:02
43S. HartnellL01-14219:47
47D. ProutD0100016:07
51F. TyutinD00-10020:29
55M. LetestuC1003016:28
56M. DanoC0001015:26
58D. SavardD00-10016:36
71N. FolignoL00-20014:31
72S. Bobrovsky2227.81559:45
2M. GreeneD00101711:28
3B. McNabbD0102013:01
6J. MuzzinD0003222:07
8D. DoughtyD0112227:23
10M. RichardsC0001015:12
11A. KopitarC0001010:39
13K. CliffordL0001012:14
14J. WilliamsR0113017:07
15A. AndreoffL000009:14
23D. BrownR0002017:06
27A. MartinezD0021023:57
28J. StollC0002017:40
44R. RegehrD0121021:01
70T. PearsonL2023013:36
71J. NolanC0001010:24
73T. ToffoliC1322016:25
74D. KingL1011018:49
77J. CarterC1331018:06
32J. Quick2224.91760:00