LOS ANGELES (AP) — Michal Handzus and Alexander Frolov scored power-play goals 41 seconds apart during a four-goal first period, Fredrik Modin also scored with the man advantage against the team that traded him last week, and the Los Angeles Kings routed the Columbus Blue Jackets 6-0 on Monday night.
Frolov also tied a career high with three assists, and the Kings also got goals from Wayne Simmonds, Drew Doughty and Brad Richardson to match their highest-scoring output of the season. Jonathan Quick recorded his third shutout and seventh of his career while his teammates outshot Columbus 35-11.
Rick Nash, the Blue Jackets' leading goal scorer, left the game late in the first period because of an undisclosed lower-body injury.
The Blue Jackets were outshot 26-5 through the first two periods while the Kings built their 6-0 lead and equaled a season high with their three power-play goals.
Columbus didn't get the man advantage for the first time until Frolov was called for tripping with 16:37 to play — one of four power plays the Blue Jackets had in the third period.
The Blue Jackets, who scored first in each of their previous nine games, saw their franchise-record streak broken when Simmonds beat Steve Mason to the glove side with a short wrist shot at 5:49 of the opening period. Doughty made it 2-0 at 13:24, blasting a one-timer past Mason's glove from 25 feet after Handzus set him up in the slot with a pass from behind the net.
The Kings added to their lead after Nash received a four-minute high-sticking penalty for cutting Rob Scuderi. Handzus banked the puck off Mason's right leg and inside the left post 37 seconds after Nash went to the box. Frolov beat Mason to the glove side with a slap shot from the top of the left circle, using defenseman Marc Methot as a screen.
Mason was pulled after facing 13 shots and was replaced by former Kings goalie Mathieu Garon. Just 65 seconds later, Columbus forward Mike Blunden checked Kings rookie Rich Clune into the boards from behind and received a five-minute major along with an automatic game misconduct.
Garon stopped all three shots during the power play, but Modin made it 5-0 at 4:20 of the second period with a short backhand that beat Garon to the stick side while Derek Dorsett was off for cross-checking Jarret Stoll.
The goal was Modin's fourth in 27 games this season, and second in three games since the Kings acquired him from the Blue Jackets on Wednesday for a conditional seventh-round pick in the June draft.
Notes: The fewest shots allowed by the Kings in a game was 10, in a 2-2 tie at San Jose on Jan. 11, 1994. ... Los Angeles won the season series 3-1, taking the last three meetings after losing six of the previous seven. ... The Blue Jackets, who made the playoffs last season for the first time in franchise history, are 13 points out of a playoff spot with 16 games remaining. They are 3-3-2 since Ken Hitchcock was fired on Feb. 3 and replaced by Claude Noel.