RECAP: Kings beat Blue Jackets 5-2
Jeff Carter scored during a two-man advantage in Los Angeles’ three-goal second period, and the Kings completed a sweep of their six-game homestand with a 5-2 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets on Sunday.
Columbus left wing Nick Foligno was seriously injured with 11:34 left in third period and taken off on a stretcher with a neck brace. Carter checked him along the boards in front of the Kings’ bench and Foligno’s head rammed into the elbow of linesman Shane Heyer, who had jumped on top of the dasher in an attempt to avoid both players.
Tanner Pearson scored twice in the third as the Kings swept a homestand of at least six games for the first time in franchise history. In two of the wins, they were outshot 43-18 by St. Louis and 41-16 by Minnesota. The defending Stanley Cup champions didn’t win more than five in a row at home at any time last season, including the playoffs.
Tyler Toffoli and Dwight King also scored for the Kings, and Jonathan Quick made 22 saves.
Columbus goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky, who was looking for his 100th NHL victory, stopped 22 shots.
Quick, who broke Rogie Vachon’s club record with his 33rd shutout on Thursday in a 2-0 victory over Buffalo, has yielded just four goals on 169 shots over his last five starts – including a 1-0 shootout win against the Blues.
Defenseman Tim Erixon scored his first NHL goal and Mark Letestu also scored for Columbus.
Kings defenseman Robyn Regehr assisted on the go-ahead goal at 16:30 of the second period. His long slap shot hit traffic in front, but Carter set up Toffoli at the left of the net for his fourth goal.
King and Letestu traded goals in final 1 1/2 minutes of the second period. Letestu beat Quick high to the glove side with a screened wrist shot from the top of the left circle just 32 seconds after King got his first of the season.
Pearson added an insurance goal with 8:11 to play, outracing James Wisniewski to a loose puck after Toffoli flipped it across high in the air across the neutral zone from deep in his own end.
Erixon’s goal at 14:39 of first, which came during Drew Doughty’s interference penalty, ended the Kings’ streak of 18 consecutive penalty kills. Ryan Johansen took a 45-foot slap shot that caromed off the blade of Scott Hartnell’s stick and across the crease to a wide-open Erixon for an easy tap-in with Quick out of position.
Kings defenseman Matt Greene, who spent 17 minutes of the first period in the penalty box after his fight with Corey Tropp, pushed Artem Anisimov into Quick at the left of the net at 1:32 of second – and Anisimov was penalized for goalie interference by referee Dennis LaRue.
Johansen’s hooking penalty gave Kings a 5-on-3 advantage for 50 seconds, and Carter scored the tying goal 22 seconds later after Anze Kopitar fanned on Toffoli’s pass through the crease. Kopitar played 15 shifts totaling about 10 1/2 minutes before leaving the game with an upper-body injury.
Columbus right wing Cam Atkinson did not play after getting cut near the right eye by the skate of Anaheim’s Ryan Kesler during Friday’s 4-1 loss.
NOTES: Eight minutes into the second period, Quick joined Vachon and Kelly Hrudey as the only goaltenders to play at least 20,000 minutes in a Kings uniform during the regular season. Among that trio, Quick is first in wins, goals-against average and save percentage – in addition to the shutouts. … The Blue Jackets, who entered the league in 2000-01, are 6-25-5 with two ties during the regular season against teams that were defending a Stanley Cup title. … Erixon’s first goal came in his 59th NHL game, and on his 39th shot on net. … Los Angeles begins the first of four five-game road trips on Tuesday against Philadelphia. None of its trips this season is longer than five.