Cranky was the buzzword of the day (and night).
It started with Kings Coach Darryl Sutter in the morning, taking issue with his underperforming captain, Dustin Brown. Then it spread, almost like a virus, rampaging through the Kings and then the Columbus Blue Jackets on Thursday night.
There were far more fights than goals until things eventually quieted, a bit. Columbus defeated the Kings, 3-2, at Staples Center, ending L.A.'s four-game home winning streak.
Brandon Dubinsky put the Blue Jackets ahead for good at 18:13 of the first period as Nick Foligno's centering effort deflected off Dubinsky's leg past Kings goalie Jonathan Quick, making it 2-1.