first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week “You would prefer that they respond without us saying anything,” Murray said. “If it was that simple, you’d do it all the time. I think our players realize on their own what their deficiencies are.” Cammalleri was a healthy scratch in two of the Kings’ first three games and Frolov drew extra duty in practice Saturday because of a lack of offensive production in recent games. Both responded well. Frolov recorded four shots on goal and put one in the net, in the second period, to give the Kings a 3-0 lead, and Cammalleri also took four shots and scored a power-play goal, one of two for the Kings. So for the Kings, the good news wasn’t just who scored the goals, but how they were scored. Mired in a power-play slump, the Kings put extra emphasis on that unit in the previous two days and it paid off. Of course, the Blue Jackets helped, as they took six penalties in the first period. “When you’re killing penalties all the time, it puts too much (pressure) on the team and they can’t be expected to catch up,” Columbus coach Gerard Gallant said. Columbus, with star forward Rick Nash out of the lineup with an ankle injury, put up little resistance and seemed finished when Derek Armstrong and Cammalleri scored the first-period power-play goals. “There was an emphasis on shooting and getting to the net, and for the majority of the night I think we did that,” said Murray, whose team converted two of nine chances with the man advantage. Frolov then gave the Kings some breathing room when, stationed in front of the net seconds after the end of a power play, he took a centering pass from Sean Avery, settled the puck with his skate and beat Columbus goaltender Marc Denis with 6:26 remaining in the second period. It was the second goal of the season for Frolov, who had 24 goals in 77 games in 2003-04. “I didn’t feel like my game was working out (recently), so I needed to work harder,” Frolov said. “I was working hard, but something wasn’t working for me. “That’s normal; it’s what happens in hockey. It’s a long season.” The way things are going for LaBarbera, it’s shaping up to be a long and successful season. LaBarbera stopped 19 of 20 shots but rarely was tested. He has won all three of his starts in Murray’s rotating-goaltender system and has stopped 69 of 73 shots this season. Columbus’ only goal came nine minutes into the third period, when Francois Beauchemin took a slap shot from inside the blue line and Nikolai Zherdev tipped the rebound past LaBarbera. “Whenever I have success, I can gradually get more confident,” LaBarbera said. “I want to keep it going because I’ve got a good feeling right now.” Rich Hammond, (818) 713-3611 rich.hammond@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Kings goaltender Jason LaBarbera wanted a shutout, but forward Michael Cammalleri needed a goal. Although perhaps not as bad as Alexander Frolov did. The woeful Columbus Blue Jackets nearly gave everyone what they desired Sunday. center_img LaBarbera came within one save of his first career shutout and turned in another solid effort, and Cammalleri and Frolov scored goals in the Kings’ 3-1 victory in front of 17,156 at Staples Center. This hasn’t been the easiest month for Frolov and Cammalleri, both of whom were penciled into the Kings’ top scoring line when training camp opened but ended up in coach Andy Murray’s doghouse. last_img

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