Blue Jackets beat Kings 4-2, extend road point streak

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — Scott Harrington and Nathan Gerbe scored in the second period and the Columbus Blue Jackets beat the Los Angeles Kings 4-2 on Monday night.

Kevin Stenlund and Gustav Nyquist also scored, and Elvis Merzlikins made 35 saves for the Blue Jackets, who are 5-0-3 in their past eight road games.

Alex Iafallo scored to extend his point streak to seven games but the Kings lost for the third time in four games. Sean Walker had a goal and an assist, and Jonathan Quick made 20 saves.

The Blue Jackets scored twice 3:47 apart in the second period to go ahead. Harrington put Columbus in front 2-1 at 10:40 after Gerbe tied it up 1-all at 6:53 with a one-timer.

Stenlund made it 3-1 at 4:49 of the third by sneaking a wrist shot under Quick’s right arm.

The Kings cut the deficit to 3-2 at 11:15 when Walker scored on a wrist shot through traffic.

Nyquist added an empty-netter with 59.6 seconds remaining to cap the scoring.

Iafallo put the Kings in front 1-0 at 1:26 of the first period by scoring for the third straight game. He backhanded in Walker’s rebound for his fourth goal to go along with four assists during his point streak.

NOTES: Blue Jackets C Alexander Wennberg had an assist in his 400th career game. … Blue Jackets F Sonny Milano had an assist, his third point in a three-game point streak since returning from an upper-body injury. … Blue Jackets D Markus Nutivaara returned after missing 27 games because of an upper-body injury. … Kings D Derek Forbort made his season debut after missing the first 43 games because of a back injury.

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Blue Jackets: At Anaheim on Tuesday night.

Kings: Host Dallas on Wednesday night.