Kings Obliterate Blue Jackets
The Kings used a bad Columbus Blue Jackets team to shore up some of the deficiencies they’ve had in the last couple of games and in the process notched their third shutout of the season 6-0 in front of 17,524.
“When you get into these kinds of games in the remaining part of the season, it’s always about the checking, defensive structure that your show and holding teams to a fewer number of shots,” head coach Terry Murray said after the game.
The Kings did just that holding the team who in the last nine games scored the first goal in the game to just 11 shots on goal.
“That was the most important part of the game for me,” Murray said of the defense.
On the offensive side Murray started Wayne Simmonds, Michal Handzus and Fredrik Modin which paid off with Simmonds scoring his first goal since February 4 against the Anaheim Ducks to put the Kings up 1-0 5:49 into the game.
“He really showed a lot of explosive speed on that play,” Murray said about Simmonds’ goal. “He looks like a really good player right now playing with [Handzus] and Modin.”