The Los Angeles Kings earned a 5-2 victory over Columbus Sunday afternoon to extend their winning streak to six games. It came at a price though as Anze Kopitar suffered an upper-body injury, per the Kings’ Twitter feed. That severity is not yet known.
Update: Kings coach Darryl Sutter said after the game that Kopitar is alright. When asked if Kopitar would travel with the team, Sutter repeated his previous statement, per LA Kings Insider.
Kopitar has been a key member of the Kings for years, but their offense has largely come from a different source so far this season. That 70s Line — which consists of Jeff Carter, Tyler Toffoli, and Tanner Pearson — continued to excel by combining for four of the Kings’ goals today.
Pearson in particular stood out with his sixth and seventh goals of the season.
Carter and Toffoli each recorded four points to both finish the day with 12 points in eight contests. Pearson isn’t far behind with nine points in eight games.
Columbus’ Ryan Johansen picked up an assist to extend his season-opening point streak to eight contests. Their play was overshadowed though by the fact that Nick Foligno was taken off the ice on a stretcher after Jeff Carter hit him into the boards along the Kings’ bench, which led to Foligno colliding into a linesman.
The good news is that Foligno was alert and able to talk to the medical staff.
What started out with a hit that didn’t look that unusual turned ugly quickly in Sunday’s game between the Los Angeles Kings and Columbus Blue Jackets.
Midway through the third period, Kings forward Jeff Carter hit Columbus’ Nick Foligno into the boards along the Kings’ bench. Foligno continued to be pressed against the boards as both players moved forward, but a linesman was sitting on the Kings’ wall to avoid the play. Foligno’s head appeared to collide into the linesman and the 26-year-old forward fell to the ice.
After being evaluated, he was taken off the ice on a stretcher. He was alert and able to speak with the medical staff, per the Blue Jackets’ Twitter feed. He will continue to be examined at the Staples Center.
Update: Blue Jackets president John Davidson said that Foligno “will be fine,” according to the Kings on Twitter.
Jonathan Quick, to say the least, was involved in the L.A. Kings’ 1-0 shootout win over the St. Louis Blues on Thursday.
Quick was spectacular, making 43 saves, not allowing a goal in the breakaway competition, to record the shutout. Yes, according to NHL.com, he was named the first star and quite deservedly so. That gives Quick 32 career shutouts, which ties him with Rogie Vachon for first on the Kings’ all-time shutout list, according to the league’s public relations department.
The Kings had only 18 shots on net, none in the overtime, through 65 minutes of hockey. Jeff Carter was the only skater to get the puck past a goalie, scoring in the opening round of the shootout. That was it.
Back to Quick, who has allowed one goal in the last 75 shots he’s faced. Not only did he have to make save after save to keep his team in this one, he didn’t mind sticking up for himself, either.
Quick and Blues forward Alexander Steen got involved in a scuffle in the second period, causing a raucous around the L.A. net and bringing St. Louis goalie Brian Elliott to his hash marks, should the situation have escalated. It didn’t. Quick was assessed a roughing minor and Steen a slashing minor.