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LAst Night's Action: Lakers Roll Through the Midwest

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LA Lakers defeat Minnesota Timberwolves 112-95. Darko was indeed freed. Darko Milicic scored a career-high 23 points and grabbed 16 rebounds, but that wasn’t enough for the Timberwolves to come away with the win over the Lakers.

Kobe Bryant despite shooting only 8-for-27 did score 23 points while Pau Gasol had another one of his ho-hum double-double with 16 points and 14 rebounds. But the bench player of the game was Matt Barnes who went a perfect 7-for-7 including all five three-point attempts in his 24 point, seven rebound, six assist effort in 24 minutes.

Kevin Love, who guaranteed a 20-20 night on the Dan Patrick Show on Thursday, did not score a point but had seven rebounds and three assists.

Buffalo Sabres defeat LA Kings 4-2. The Kings’ fell asleep at the wheel in the third period allowing the Sabres to score twice and get their third home win of the season.

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Dustin Brown led off the scoring taking Anze Kopitar’s pass and beating goalie Ryan Miller 4:57 in the first period. It looked like the Kings defense had returned to form, until early in the second period when Andrej Sekera on the first shift at 0:37.

However it still looked good for the Kings especially when they pressured in the Buffalo zone and came away with a Wayne Simmonds score 8:25 in the second period.

But the Kings started committing penalties which allowed Thomas Vanek and Tim Connolly to score power-play goals 15:22 in the second period and 2:10 in the third period respectively. Jochen Hecht iced the game with an even-handed goal 15:21 in the third to send the Kings off to Boston with a third consecutive loss.

Columbus Blue Jackets defeat Anaheim Ducks 4-3. After Rick Nash got the Blue Jackets on the board for the first goal 11:02 in the first period, successive hooking penalties by Jan Hejda and Marc Methot in the closing minutes of the first period gave the Ducks a 5-on-3 into the second period. Saku Koivu did the honors for the Ducks 17 seconds in the second period to tie the game.

Bobby Ryan pushed the puck ahead short-handed, got past Nash and shot it past goalie Steve Mason for the Ducks first short-handed goal of the season and the lead at 5:01. Undeterred Chris Clark tied things up on the power-play 25 seconds later.

The Jackets ran away with the game as Jakub Voracek took advantage of a turnover by the Ducks putting in the net past goalie Jonas Hiller 13:48 in the period giving the Blue Jackets the 3-2 lead. And just three minutes later Mike Commodore gave the Jackets a two-goal advantage.

Corey Perry took advantage of a horrendous turnover by the Jackets 7:22 in the third to give the Ducks new hope. They had plenty of great scoring chances down the stretch, but just couldn’t get the equalizer past Mason.

50 shots-on-goal for Anaheim, a scuffle to end the game and no points for the Ducks.

TONIGHT’S ACTION

USC Trojans (7-3, 4-3 Pac-10) at Oregon State (4-5, 3-3 Pac-10). 5:00 p.m. ABC, AM 710 KSPN.

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LA Kings (24 pts., 12-6-0) at Boston Bruins (23 pts., 11-5-1). 4:00 p.m. FSWest, AM 1150 KTLK.

New York Knicks (5-8) at LA Clippers (1-12). 7:30 p.m. FSWest, AM 980 KFWB.

USC Trojans (2-1, 0-0 Pac-10) at Bradley Braves (3-0, 0-0 Missouri Valley). 2:00 p.m. AM 690 W Radio