Kings down Blue Jackets 5-2

The LA Kings and the Columbus Blue Jackets met for what could be termed an afternoon dislike. With an early afternoon tilt or the fact that both of the Kings trades courtesy of the Columbus Blue Jackets first with the Jeff Carter trade and then the Marian Gaborik trade ended with the Kings not the Jackets winning two Stanley Cups was the motivation for a feisty game early in the first period.

In what also could have shaped up to be a goalie duel with Jonathan Quick in net for the Kings and Sergei Bobrovsky in net for Columbus was anything but.

The scoring got started by the Blue Jackets with Drew Doughty in the box for interference when Tim Erixon was the recipient of a deflected pass right to his stick in front of a wide open net to beat Quick stick side. Scott Hartnell and Ryan Johansen got the assists to put the Jackets up 1-0 in the first period which is how the period ended.

The second period started with some missed calls going against the Jackets that saw the Kings with a five on three powerplay that Jeff Carter converted on with a brilliant example of how to find open ice without the puck. The call against the Blue Jackets were incorrect one was for goalie interference on Anisimov but what the refs missed was he was pushed into Jonathan Quick. The Kings tied the game.

Then late in the period, the Kings exploded on goals by Tyler Toffoli and Dwight King to give the Kings a 3-1 lead that did not last long and Columbus’ Mark Letestu got one of the goals back to have the period end 3-2 Kings leading.  Letestu blasted one from the near boards to beat Quick high glove side. Play was pretty even in a hard hitting physical game with shots on goal pretty even at 18-17 Kings.

The Toffoli goal was a perfect example of the Kings type of goal scoring. Defenseman Robin Regehr at the far point passed right to the slot where Jeff Carter who already scored a goal was and in perfect position to shoot instead passed to a wide open Toffoli on the far side of the net to just poke it past Bobrovsky. What made this play so well executed is that you have to respect Carter in the slot and all of the Blue Jackets were focused on him rightfully so leaving Toffoli all alone.

The third period had a very scary moment when Nick Foligno went down and a stretcher had to take him off right in front of the Kings bench. The contact was along the boards when Jeff Carter was checking him in what initially appeared an innocent looking check but his head to make contact with the referee at the line. Foligno did wave when he was on the stretcher as the LA Kings fans were cheering for him. He was conscious and talking and moving as was reported at the end of the Kings broadcast. Best of health to Nick Foligno hopefully he will be well soon.

Tanner Pearson flying down the near boards to catch up to a Toffoli pass that was just hoisted to an empty area of the ice blasted it past Bobrovsky stick side to put the Kings up 4-2 for good. Not to be out done by his 70’s line mates Pearson completed the trifecta for the line with scoring.

 And to put icing on the cake Pearson scored again right in front of the Blue Jackets net when Carter found him to make the score 5-2 Kings. What is apparent is that 70’s line is volcanic hot with no signs of cooling off. That line had 10 points in one afternoon with four goals and six assists. Forget hot that is sizzling.

Three Stars of the game:

1.   T. Toffoli  

2.    J. Carter

3.    T. Pearson

Next game Tuesday, October 28 at 4:00 p.m. PT  vs the Philadelphia Flyers at Wells Fargo Center. Tune in to FS-W; or listen via radio on KABC AM790.

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