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Kings slow down Columbus’ playoff push with 2-1 victory

Apr 19, 2013, 1:51 AM EST

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The Blue Jackets headed into their game with the L.A. Kings tonight riding high after knocking off Anaheim last night. They wound up feeling frustrated after a missed opportunity.

Drew Doughty and Kyle Clifford scored goals for the Kings as they knocked off Columbus 2-1. Rookie Dalton Prout tallied his first NHL goal for the Jackets in a losing effort. 2012 Conn Smythe Trophy winner Jonathan Quick stopped 20 shots to earn the victory.

It’s a sore loss for Columbus as they could’ve tied Minnesota for seventh in the West with a win. Instead, they’ve got three games left to play and have both Detroit and Dallas nipping at their heels two points behind with two games in hand each.

Columbus’ three final games are on the road in San Jose and Dallas while closing at home vs. Nashville. That game with Dallas might just be a really big one for them.

To make the loss even harder to take, forward Matt Calvert broke his finger and, according to coach Todd Richards, will be “out a while.”

  1. 19to77 - Apr 19, 2013 at 2:36 AM

    That Dallas game is going to be insane. Live or die playoff dreams for two teams that haven’t been in the postseason in a while – an absolute cannot-lose game for both. Phenomenal hockey guaranteed.

    • trbowman - Apr 19, 2013 at 5:13 AM

      Dallas plays Detroit before the season is over too.

  2. 2qswing - Apr 19, 2013 at 8:30 AM

    its ok lads. 5 games in 7 nights plus back to back facing Anaheim and the champs. Game effort as usual. Never happy with a loss but 4 wins in 5 on the road …take that any time. As a 5-year ticket holder I’m just happy to be having the conversation.
    Calvert loss is big. kid was really playing well. Hopefully get Artie back for the final 3 games.
    Todd Richards should get serious consideration for Jack Adams award

  3. blomfeld - Apr 20, 2013 at 1:20 AM

    WE BEAT ‘EM …

    Notwithstanding the fact that the Jackets are “good” people, I’m just grateful that we got “her done” last night. Friends, we need absolutely “every” point from here on in in-order to catch those quacks from the OC for the Pacific title … and we’re going to do it, trust me ! :)

    GO KINGS GO !!! … TODAY, TOMORROW AND FOREVER !!!!!!!!!!!!

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