Rusty Miller • Associated Press •
Mike Richards provided late insurance with his first goal of the season and Jonathan Quick stopped 18 shots to lead the Los Angeles Kings over the Columbus Blue Jackets 4-2 on Tuesday night.
Richards also had an assist and Quick made several big stops in the first and third periods. Columbus managed just two shots on goal in the middle period.
Hanging onto a 3-2 lead early in the third period, the Kings had to kill off a double-minor when Carter, a vilified ex-Blue Jacket who was booed every time he touched the puck, was called for a high stick that bloodied Vinny Prospal’s lip. The Kings limited Columbus to only one shot over the 4 minutes.
Moments later, Quick got most of his glove on a wicked shot by Derek Dorsett, batting it away midway through the period.
Los Angeles then ended the suspense when Williams collected his third assist on a shot that trickled between the leg pads of goalie Steve Mason – with Richards right there in the crease to jam it home for a two-goal lead.
The Kings came into the second period down 1-0 and completely dominated. They outshot the Blue Jackets 17-2 while scoring three goals.
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