COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Right winger R.J. Umberger
scored two goals, and the Columbus Blue Jackets
set a franchise record for consecutive wins Tuesday night, beating the Los Angeles Kings
5-3 before 13,286 in Nationwide Arena.
The Blue Jackets, who are in their 13th season, earned their seventh straight win. They haven't lost since Jan. 4 in St. Louis.
Centers Ryan Johansen and Artem Anisimov
and right winger Nathan Horton
also scored for Columbus (25-20-4), while goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky recorded 26 saves.
The Kings, who lost their third game in a row, got goals from left winger Dwight King, center Jeff Carter
and defenseman Robyn Regehr. Goaltender Martin Jones made 29 saves.
Los Angeles (29-16-6) were in control of a tie game at the midpoint, but the momentum changed dramatically in a 29-second span late in the second period.
Umberger's second of the game was a innocent-looking wrister from along the wall to Jones' right. The puck ticked off Jones' glove and dribbled in the net to make it 3-2.
Moments later, Blue Jackets center Artem Anisimov won a battle at the Blue Jackets' blue line and took off down the ice with Horton to his right.
Anisimov feathered a nifty pass across the stick blades of two Kings and got it to Horton, who ramped it up over Jones' glove to make it 4-2.
The teams traded late goals. Anisimov made it 5-2 with 4:41 remaining, and Regehr scored on a delayed penalty with 3:10 to play to provide the final score.
The Blue Jackets came back after allowing the game's first goal for only the sixth time this season.
King put the Kings up 1-0 only 2:42 into the game when he scored off a rebound in the slot. However, the Jackets had the lead by the end of the first.
Umberger's first goal came on the power play. He extended his stick down low to redirect a slap shot from Blue Jackets defenseman James Wisniewski at 12:47.
The Blue Jackets' power play is 6-for-15 (40 percent) over the past four games.
Johansen scored his 19th of the season with 57.1 seconds remaining in the first when he was sprung off a pass in the neutral zone by Jackets rookie defenseman Ryan Murray. Johansen came in tight on Jones before beating him with a wrister over the glove.
The Kings made it 2-2 at 8:39 of the second on Carter's 20th of the season, scored after a three-on-one break.
NOTES: Los Angeles C Jeff Carter was booed every time he touched the puck and every time he skated in for a faceoff. Fans in Columbus have not forgotten how Carter played his way out of town during a miserable 2009-10 season. ... Blue Jackets D Fedor Tyutin returned after missing two games with an illness. ... RW R.J. Umberger's first-period goal was his 114th as a member of the Blue Jackets, moving him ahead of David Vyborny into second on the all-time franchise list. Rick Nash, who had 289 goals for Columbus, is the leader.
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