Three takeaways from the Blue Jackets 4-3 loss to the Kings
One: Columbus got away from attacking through the neutral zone as it did in the previous two games, allowing the Kings to enter their zone with a head of steam. They had a hard time sustaining offensive possession in the Kings zone and their legs weren't moving as well as they should have been.
Two: The Blue Jackets got away from their identity of hard, physical play and consistent crisp passing. The Kings won the transition game, beating Columbus into their own zone more often than not.
Three: Los Angeles was able to come through the neutral zone for most of the game uncontested. The Blue Jackets forecheck was missing in action tonight. Kings goalie Jonathan Quick was stellar in final frame to stymie Columbus from mounting a comeback. The hometown team waited too long to turn it on tonight.