The Kings were ‘men against boys’ last night


You know a team is rolling when it’s winning but the players don’t think they’re winning by enough.

That’s the Los Angeles Kings right now. Last night, they beat Columbus in overtime for their fifth straight victory. In those five games, the Kings have outshot their opponents by a combined margin of 182-106.

And how satisfied is defenseman Alec Martinez with that?

“I think we’re making it a lot more difficult on ourselves than we have to,” Martinez told LA Kings Insider. “Myself included. I had a good opportunity in the third and I think we just have to do a better job of capitalizing on chances. But again, that said, if we weren’t getting them I’d be concerned but we’re getting the chances. We just have to bury a little bit more.”

Meanwhile, per the Columbus Dispatch, here’s what Blue Jackets coach John Tortorella had to say about the game:

“That was men against boys tonight. We should be embarrassed. I am. I am. Obviously I’m not doing a good enough job to get the team ready in these types of situations. I’m totally embarrassed by the way we played.”

With an 18-8-1 record (and remember they lost their first three), the Kings have opened a nine-point lead atop the woeful Pacific Division.