LOS ANGELES — Anze Kopitar scored two goals, staying on a torrid scoring pace on Sunday night, but he had a lot of help in leading the Los Angeles Kings to a 6-2 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets in front of an announced crowd of 15,820 fans at Staples Center.
Along with Kopitar, Alexander Frolov scored two goals and contributed an assist, Jarret Stoll scored a goal and added an assist and Drew Doughty tallied two assists to help lead the way for the Kings, who had nine players with points in the game.
Kopitar, who has scored ten goals with eleven assists for 21 points in twelve games, continues to lead the National Hockey League in scoring through games played on October 26, and he has taken over the goal scoring lead from Washington Capitals winger Alexander Ovechkin as well.
In the last six games, Kopitar has scored six goals and has added five assists for eleven points.
Near the midpoint of the first period, Kings defenseman Rob Scuderi hit Blue Jackets forward Jason Chimera with a hard hip check, sending Chimera flying head over heels along the right wing boards in the Kings’ zone (see photo above).
No penalty was called on Scuderi, even though video replays seemed to indicate that the hit was low and contact was made on or very close to Chimera’s knee.
Chimera landed on his face and got up from the hit with his face bloodied. Blue Jackets right wing Derek Dorsett went after Scuderi, as did Chimera. Dorsett received a game misconduct and Chimera a ten-minute misconduct penalty.
Supplementary discipline for the hit is a possibility for Scuderi.
The Kings are now 8-4-0 on the season, leading the Pacific Division. They are ranked second in the Western Conference behind the Colorado Avalanche and are two points behind the league-leading Pittsburgh Penguins.
NOTES: The Kings’ eight wins is tied with Colorado for second most in the NHL (one behind Pittsburgh); the Kings’ sixteen points is third most in the NHL (two behind Colorado and Pittsburgh); the Kings have scored 44 goals this season, the most in the NHL; the Kings have scored 23 goals in their last four home games; Dustin Brown recorded one assist, extending his point streak to six games (four goals, five assists, nine points); Scott Parse has two assists in his first two NHL games; Alexander Frolov now has six points in the last three games (goal, five assists); the Kings have their second four-game win streak of the season; the last time the Kings started 8-4-0 was 2005-06; through twelve games last season the Kings were 4-6-2.
Post-Game Audio Interviews
Anze Kopitar (2:00)
Rob Scuderi (1:26)
Terry Murray (7:52)
Scott Parse (2:07)
Game highlights from NHL Video on YouTube:
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