Kings Hang On To Break Five-Game Slide
A win is a win is a win.
Never mind that the visiting Columbus Blue Jackets have lost the first three games of their road trip crescendoing in a Wagnerian loss 6-0 in Anaheim Friday night. Never mind that their star defenseman Mike Commodore has now been a healthy scratch in nine of his last ten games as he is being shopped around by the Jackets. Never mind that the Kings built a 4-0 lead in the second period only to see it almost slip away thanks to Rick Nash.
“We got two points here, and that's all that matters now,” goalie Jonathan Quick said about the Kings 6-4 win.
But he's right. Those two points are something to hang their hats on, and they needed something to get them going.
The Kings top line did just that early on in the game. With Anze Kopitar driving the puck through the Jackets zone down the slot, he made a great pass as he was falling down to a trailing Dustin Brown down the right wing whose shot sailed passed Jackets netminder Mathieu Garon at 2:13.
“I saw Brownie open, so I think that was pretty much the only way to get it to him,” Kopitar said about his pass. “I tried it and it connected, so it was a good start.”