Columbus
Blue Jackets
35-43-4
Los Angeles
Kings
42-35-5

20 SOG
31 SOG
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CBJ
LAK
game recap

Columbus Blue Jackets 1, Los Angeles Kings 3 FINAL

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 1:49 AM

Associated Press

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Columbus Blue Jackets 1, Los Angeles Kings 3 FINAL
Columbus Blue Jackets 1, Los Angeles Kings 3

LOS ANGELES (AP) - An effective power play helped Los Angeles goalie Jason LaBarbera remain unbeaten.

Derek Armstrong and Mike Cammalleri scored power-play goals in the first period to lead the Kings to a 3-1 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets on Sunday night.

Playing in just his eighth NHL game, LaBarbera made 19 saves to earn his third victory in three starts this season.

``I just want to get better every day and improve my game,'' said LaBarbera. ``It's a long, long season. You build your confidence as you go along.''

LaBarbera came within 11 minutes of earning his first NHL shutout before Nikolai Zherdev scored his first goal of the season.

``It was a point shot that snuck through, I didn't see it,'' said the 25-year-old netminder, who was signed by the Kings as a free agent this summer.

He has allowed just four goals in his three starts and stopped 69 of 73 shots while sharing the Kings' goaltending duties with Mathieu Garon.

Last season, LaBarera had a 1.84 goals-against-average with Hartford in the AHL, the second-best GAA in the league.

The victory was the fourth in a five-game homestand for the Kings (4-2) that ended Sunday.

``It's a good start for us, now we have to keep it going,'' said LaBarbera.

The Blue Jackets (1-5) ended a four-game road trip with a third consecutive loss.

``This trip leaves us with question marks instead of solidifying the team and building chemistry,'' said Columbus goalie Marc Denis.

The Blue Jackets entered the game with the eighth-best penalty killing unit in the NHL, but could not overcome early penalty problems.

``When you're killing penalties all the time it puts too much on the team and they can't expect to catch up,'' said Columbus coach Gerard Gallant.

The Kings had a two-man power play advantage eight minutes into the game when Armstrong's pass through the crease deflected off the skate of Columbus defenseman Duvie Westcott into the net.

Cammalleri made it 2-0 by firing a 45-foot slap shot past goalie Marc Denis during another Kings power play with just 1:07 left in the first period.

``We had some good puck movement and a lot of support - that's what you need on the power play,'' said Cammalleri, who also assisted on Armstrong's goal.

He has four points (1 goal, 3 assists) in three games since returning to the Kings' lineup. Cammalleri was a healthy scratch in two Kings games last week.

Alexander Frolov scored just as a second-period power play ended to push the Kings to a three-goal advantage.

Notes: Kings LW Luc Robitaille didn't play because of a groin injury and Ken Belanger made his season debut in Robitaille's place. Belanger hadn't played in an NHL regular-season game since Nov. 5, 2002, when he sustained a concussion at San Jose. He retired from hockey for two years before being offered a tryout and making the Kings this season. ... Columbus forward Dan Fritsche left the game with an ankle injury in the first period and didn't return.

scoring summary
1st Period
08:15
LAK
PPG - Derek Armstrong (1) Wrist shot - ASST: Lubomir Visnovsky (4), Mike Cammalleri (3)
1 - 0 LAK
18:53
LAK
PPG - Mike Cammalleri (1) Slapshot - ASST: Pavol Demitra (3), Lubomir Visnovsky (5)
2 - 0 LAK
2nd Period
13:34
LAK
Alex Frolov (2) Wrist shot - ASST: Sean Avery (2), Mattias Norstrom (1)
3 - 0 LAK
3rd Period
08:52
CBJ
Nikolay Zherdev (1) Wrist shot - ASST: Francois Beauchemin (2), Manny Malhotra (4)
3 - 1 LAK
penalty summary
1st Period
02:33
CBJ
Jason Chimera  Cross checking against  Dustin Brown
05:33
CBJ
Mike Rupp  Fighting (maj) against  George Parros
05:33
LAK
George Parros  Fighting (maj) against  Mike Rupp
06:30
CBJ
Jan Hrdina  Hooking against  Alex Frolov
07:01
CBJ
Todd Marchant  Slashing against  Jeremy Roenick
09:32
LAK
Tom Kostopoulos  Hooking
10:31
CBJ
Jan Hrdina  Interference against  Jeremy Roenick
18:15
CBJ
David Vyborny  Holding against  Dustin Brown
2nd Period
02:09
CBJ
Jason Chimera  Hooking against  Alex Frolov
04:18
LAK
Derek Armstrong  Interference against  Todd Marchant
11:26
CBJ
David Vyborny  Hooking against  George Parros
15:36
LAK
Joe Corvo  Interference against  Jason Chimera
19:37
LAK
Dustin Brown  Interference against  Duvie Westcott
3rd Period
00:55
CBJ
Jan Hrdina  Hooking against  Tim Gleason
09:47
LAK
Aaron Miller  Delaying Game-Puck over glass
11:38
LAK
Alex Frolov  Hooking against  Nikolay Zherdev
12:42
CBJ
Adam Foote  Hooking against  Pavol Demitra
19:06
CBJ
Francois Beauchemin  Fighting (maj) against  Tom Kostopoulos
19:06
LAK
Tom Kostopoulos  Fighting (maj) against  Francois Beauchemin
19:33
LAK
Eric Belanger  Hi-sticking
goalie stats
Marc Denis
Marc Denis
SA: 31TOI: 59:11
Saves: 28EV: 14 - 15
PIM: 0PP: 10 - 12
SV%: .903SH: 4 - 4
Jason LaBarbera
SA: 20TOI: 59:55
Saves: 19EV: 14 - 15
PIM: 0PP: 5 - 5
SV%: .950SH: 0 - 0