Perhaps it's a good thing that the Kings only play Columbus once more this season.
The NHL's cellar-dwellers, 11 points behind the 29th-ranked team, have given Los Angeles everything it can handle and then some in the clubs' three meetings this year. Ahead 2-1 in the season series, the Kings now lead the aggregate goal total 5-4 after a 3-2 win Wednesday evening at Staples Center, their NHL-leading 30th home game of the season.
"We were real average, quite honest," Darryl Sutter said.
Credit interim Blue Jackets coach Todd Richards for maintaining his composure after the game when replays showed that the clock had stuttered with 1.8 seconds remaining, perhaps allowing Drew Doughty to score the game-winning power play goal with under 0.4 seconds on the clock during a goalmouth scrum.
"Well, I don't have anything official, any official report. Watching the replay and talking with our producer who runs our show, the clock stopped at 1.8 seconds, and it stopped for 1.5 seconds, and ...