Blue Jackets blow 3-0 lead; lose to LA Kings in OT, 4-3

By Carey Van Lue


THREE STARS 1st – P. Danault, LAK (2-0-2); 2nd – J. Gaudreau, CBJ (1-1-2); 3rd – D. Doughty, LAK (1-0-1, GWG)

PP – K. Marchenko (8), J. Gaudreau (4), M. Olivier (1)

Los Angeles: P. Danault (5), P. Danault (6), A. Kaliyev (6), OT – D. Doughty (6)


E. Merzlikins (35 saves, OTL)
Los Angeles: 
P. Copley (26 saves, OTW)


Columbus PP:  1-for-1, 2 shots
Los Angeles PP:  0-for-2, 4 shots

Johnny Gaudreau, who has been playing well, but not scoring goals, finally scored one last night (courtesy Blue Jackets Communications)


  • The Blue Jackets moved to 4-3-1 in the last eight games overall and 3-1-1 in the last five games at Nationwide Arena following tonight’s overtime loss to the Kings.
  • Columbus has registered points in six of the last eight games of the series vs. Los Angeles since Dec. 13, 2018 (4-2-2).
  • CBJ have recorded points in five-straight home contests of the series (3-0-2) and nine of the last 12 at Nationwide Arena since Mar. 8, 2012 (6-3-3).
  • The winning team in the series has scored three-plus goals in 16 of the last 17 games and four-plus goals in nine of the last 11 (including shootout goals).
  • CBJ went one-for-one on the power play tonight and have now recorded a power play goal in seven of the last 10 home games of the series since Jan. 21, 2014 (8-of-23; 34.8 pct.).
  • The Blue Jackets are four-of-13 on the man advantage over the last five contests of the season (30.8 pct.).
  • The club killed off both Kings’ power play opportunities tonight and has now killed off all 16 Kings’ power play chances over the last eight games as well as 12 opportunities in the last six at home and 20-of-21 over the past 10 at home (95.2 pct.).
  • The Blue Jackets have allowed power play goals in just four of the past 20 contests, killing off 48-of-53 opponent power play chances since Oct. 28 (90.6 pct.). The team leads the league in penalty kill percentage since Oct. 20, killing off 60-of-67 opponent power play chances over the past 24 games (89.6 pct.).
  • Columbus blocked 12 shots tonight and has been credited with 298 blocked shots over the past 16 contests and 507 in 27 games this season.
  • CBJ blueliners posted 0-2-2 tonight and have now combined for 5-21-26 over the past 11 contests and 10-53-63 in 27 games this season.
  • CBJ rookies collected 0-2-2 tonight and have now posted 11-18-29 in 27 games this season.
  • Columbus has played in 12 one-goal games this season (2-5-5).
  • The Blue Jackets scored one goal in the first period tonight and now have 29 first period goals this season.
  • Columbus played their third of 16 Tuesday games, moving to 0-2-1 on the day.



  • RW Kirill Marchenko scored a power play goal in the first period and has now recorded goals in four of the past eight games (4-1-5; overall, 8-6-14 in 25 GP).  He improved to 3-0-3 in three career games vs. the Kings, scoring a goal in each of his three appearances.
  • LW Johnny Gaudreau registered his fourth multi-point effort of the campaign with one goal and one assist, giving him two multi-point games in his past three contests (1-3-4) and points in six of his last ten contests (3-6-9; overall, 4-11-15 in 27 GP).  He now sits two points shy of 700 in his NHL career (235-463-698 in 709 GP).  The forward, who has 12-24-36 in 31 career games against Los Angeles, has recorded points in seven of his last eight games vs. the club (5-8-13) and nine of the past 11 (6-9-15) and has registered points in 13 of 16 career home outings (6-15-21), including points in each of his last five home contests (3-5-8).
  • RW Mathieu Olivier scored his first goal of the season to give him points in two-straight games (1-1-2; overall, 1-4-5 in 15 GP).
  • Adam Fantilli tallied his seventh assist of the campaign and now has 1-1-2 in his last three contests and 3-3-6 in the past 15 games (overall, 5-7-12 in 27 GP).  He has collected 2-6-8 in 15 home games, which is tied for the third-most points by a rookie on home ice this season behind Leo Carlsson (6-4-10 in 11 GP) and Marco Rossi (5-4-9 in 11 GP).
  • D David Jiricek registered the first assist on Olivier’s second period goal, giving him 1-4-5 in 22 games.
  • Adam Boqvist recorded the first assist on Marchenko’s first period goal and now has 0-3-3 in 13 appearances.
  • Andrew Peeke skated in his 200th career NHL game (9-26-35) tonight.


HC Pascal Vincent | F Johnny Gaudreau | F Mathieu Olivier | D Zach Werenski



HC Todd McLellan | F Phillip Danault | D Vladislav Gavrikov


Wednesday, Dec. 6                 Practice – 12pm ET at Nationwide Arena

Thursday, Dec. 7                      at NY Islanders – 7:30pm ET at UBS Arena

Friday, Dec. 8                           vs. St. Louis Blues – 7pm ET at Nationwide Arena