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Kings break scoring slump, win against Columbus

RJ Umberger, Brad Richardson, Jonathan Quick

Columbus Blue Jackets’ RJ Umberger (18) falls to the ice after passing the puck between Los Angeles Kings’ Brad Richardson (15) and goalie Jonathan Quick (32) during the first period of an NHL hockey game, Thursday, Dec. 15, 2011, in Columbus, Ohio.(AP Photo/Terry Gilliam)


The Los Angeles Kings offense has been as explosive as a firecracker this season, but things were really getting bad tonight. Using tonight’s box score and Helene Elliott’s math, the Kings needed the equivalent of two games and 10 minutes* to score a goal.

Davis Drewiskie found the net 4:33 into the third period and then Dustin Brown notched the game-winner a little less than four minutes later as the Kings topped the Columbus Blue Jackets 2-1. That’s a downright deluge of offense for this team.

Impotent offense-related snark aside, the most important thing is that Los Angeles stopped a dispiriting five-game losing streak. It doesn’t change the fact that the Kings’ confidence cannot be too high and it’s troubling that this should-be contender rarely gains any room for error, but at this point, they’ll take it.

* - To be exact, 130 minutes and 35 seconds.