After the 1st period: Kings 1, Columbus Blue Jackets 1
The good: The Kings received their first goal from a forward outside their top six since Oct. 30, when Michal Handzus scored on a power play at the 9:06 mark to tie the score, 1-1. Handzus knocked in a rebound that came off a blast from Anze Kopitar. The Kings, which dropped to No. 2 in the league in the penalty kill overnight, killed three man-advantage situations by Columbus, including a 5-on-3 that lasted 44 seconds. Columbus came in last in the league in power play efficiently (10.2%)
The bad: The Kings gave up another goal off a rebound, something that hurt them in the 6-3 loss Monday night to San Jose. The scoring play began when Kings defenseman Matt Greene was unable to clear the puck along the boards. Andrew Murray ended up it in front of Kings goalie Jonathan Quick, who made the save but Murray knocked in his own rebound. It’s the first time in eight games the Kings allowed the first goal.
The in between: Kings right wing Dustin Brown had two of the better 5-on-5 scoring chances in the opening period, but nearly whiffed on a shot from the bottom of the right face-off circle, then couldn’t control a loose puck just outside of the crease with Columbus goalie Steve Mason out of position. Brown did not record a shot on goal in the opening period.