The Kings faced Columbus on Friday night, who are in their neck of the woods in the bottom of the Western Conference standings. Even if the standings look similar, there is a simple difference between the 2 franchises though. That small matter of a large Cup. The Kings played like they were very aware of difference in their 2-1 victory.
Jonathan Bernier got his second consecutive start for Darryl Sutter. He cam off the ice first at the Kings practice facility and had a stellar game against the Blue Jackets. Bernier had not started 2 games in a row since 2011, but the Kings franchise goalie hasn’t played as well as he is capable of early on this season. Which is exactly what Darryl Sutter said when addressing why Bernier was in net. A top notch motivator, Sutter appears to be taking the tough love approach with Quick whose offseason surgery is still said to be a non-factor. Even if it was a factor, this is hockey, Quick nor the Kings staff would never admit it.
Kyle Clifford got in the board first for the Kings just before the end of the second period. Clifford has been a nice boost of offense and energy. He missed almost the whole playoff run after suffering a concussion of Game 1 of the Vancouver Series. But the big guy has been one of the Kings to bring it night in and out. Mike Richards got the second goal early in the third on the power play. The Kings made their 2-0 lead interesting for the home fans though. They gave up a goal with 2 minutes to play, and Bernier survived a flurry of shots in the final minutes to secure the Kings second consecutive win.