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Klatt scores twice to tie game

1/11/2004

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The power play has been one critical reason
why the Los Angeles Kings have gone almost a month between
victories.

But Trent Klatt scored twice with the man-advantage to get his
teammates another consolation point in the standings.

"If you take a look at the last eight or 10 games, if we'd had
a couple more power-play goals, I think we would have had a few
more wins and not as many ties," Klatt said.

The Kings' 2-2 tie with the Columbus Blue Jackets on Saturday
night extended their winless streak to 11 games at 0-3-7-1.

"We've got to score goals on our power play -- it doesn't matter
who's out there," Klatt said. "I just happened to be in the right
place at the right time for both of them. But no one person
deserves any individual credit there. It was a collective effort by
everyone."

The only other player this season to score two power-play goals
in the same game for them was Luc Robitaille, on Nov. 18 in a 4-3
home loss to Boston.

"Our power-play percentage has not been that good thus far,"
Kings coach Andy Murray said. "And at our present state, that's
something that's going to have to improve. So it was good to see
pucks going in tonight. It was nice to see Trent Klatt be rewarded
for his efforts."

Roman Cechmanek made 31 saves for the Kings, whose previous
victory was Dec. 16 against Edmonton. It's the franchise's longest
winless drought since a 16-game streak (0-7-9) in 1981-82.

"We have to continue to play harder," Klatt said. "It's got
to be simple, hard-nosed hockey. We've got to get ugly goals, bring
our lunch pails, get in the trenches and outwork teams. That's the
only way we're going to get ourselves out of it."

Columbus defenseman Anders Eriksson ended a 135-game
goal-scoring drought during a power play, Todd Marchant had a goal
and an assist and Marc Denis made 16 of his 30 saves in the third
period.

"I think we sat back too much in the third period, and they
really took it to us," Columbus captain Luke Richardson said.
"When you play like this, you're lucky to hold on."

The Blue Jackets didn't have to face two of their biggest
nemeses in Ziggy Palffy (nine goals in 10 games against them) and
Adam Deadmarsh (eight goals in 10 games). Palffy is scheduled to
undergo season-ending shoulder surgery Monday, and Deadmarsh hasn't
played since Dec. 15 of last season because of post-concussion
symptoms.

The Kings also lost left wing Martin Straka when he sprained his
left knee on a knee-on-knee hit with Eriksson with about 6{ minutes
left in the second period and was helped to the bench by referee
Kerry Fraser -- while play was continuing.

Marchant gave Columbus a 2-1 lead 66 seconds into the second
period, converting Geoff Sanderson's pass from behind the net after
Sanderson worked the puck away from defenseman Lubomir Visnovsky.

The Kings, held to a season-low 17 shots in Thursday's 3-1 loss
to Vancouver, pulled even at 16:10 of the second when Klatt tipped
in Jaroslav Modry's slap shot from the left point during a
high-sticking penalty against Rostislav Klesla.

The Blue Jackets, 2-for-50 on the power play during a 10-game
stretch before connecting twice in Thursday's 3-2 overtime win at
San Jose, opened the scoring just four seconds after Kings forward
John Tripp was sent off for high-sticking.

Eriksson got a cross-ice pass from Marchant and one-timed it
past Cechmanek from 55 feet in the slot -- only the fifth goal
scored by a Columbus defenseman this season.

Eriksson's goal was his first since Oct. 14, 2000, and his 15th
in 375 NHL games. He became the sixth player in less than three
weeks to end lengthy scoring droughts against the Kings: Anaheim's
Todd Simpson (84 games), San Jose's Todd Harvey (45), Dallas' Stu
Barnes (18) and Vancouver teammates Brent Sopel (24) and Artem
Chubarov (20).

The Kings tied it just 23 seconds before the first intermission,
while Duvie Westcott was serving an interference penalty. Derek
Armstrong's slap shot from the left circle struck Klatt, who
whipped his 10th goal past Denis just as the puck landed at his
feet.

Game notes
The Kings were 1-for-22 on the power play over their
previous five games, and 7-for-75 in their previous 19 contests.
... Columbus is 5-0-1 in its last six games against the Kings. ...
The Blue Jackets placed C Andrew Cassels on the injured reserve
because of a broken foot and recalled D Aaron Johnson from Syracuse
of the AHL. ... Columbus D Darryl Sydor, who played his first 288
NHL games with the Kings before getting traded to Dallas in
February 1996, has six goals and 15 assists in 37 games against Los
Angeles.