Somebody named Jonathan was certain to start in goal for the Kings during their grinding 2-1 victory Friday night over the Columbus Blue Jackets at Staples Center. It happened to be Jonathan Bernier, although it could have been Jonathan Quick.
Not that it mattered much.
The Kings could have made a snowman and stuck him in front of their net and it wouldn't have made much of a difference against the lackluster Blue Jackets. Bernier needed to make only 12 saves and was 2 minutes, 25 seconds away from a shutout in his second consecutive win in place of Quick.
Kyle Clifford and Mike Richards scored for the Kings in their lone Staples Center appearance in a stretch of nine games. Clifford scored an unassisted goal late in the second period and Richards scored with the Kings on a two-man advantage in the opening minutes of the third.
"I'd like to say that's where I wanted to shoot, but sometimes I just close my eyes and put it on net," Clifford said after recording his seventh point of the season, tying him briefly with Jeff Carter and Anze Kopitar for the team lead at the one-quarter mark of the lockout-shortened 48-game season.
Backup goalie Bernier leads L.A. over Blue Jackets
L.A. Daily News | Feb 16