COLUMBUS, Ohio -- As expected, Los Angeles Kings center Jeff Carter was booed every time he touched the puck in Nationwide Arena. As usual, Carter and the Kings had the last laugh.
Carter, who played his way out of Columbus at last season's trade deadline, put the Kings ahead with his fourth goal of the season early in the second period, and they went on to a 4-2 win over Columbus before 11,019.
Anze Kopitar and Slava Voynov also scored for the Kings, while Jonathan Quick needed only to make 18 saves.
Derick Brassard and Derek MacKenzie scored for the Blue Jackets, who ran out of steam in the final two periods.
The Kings held the Blue Jackets without a shot on goal for 18 minutes and 28 second between the second and third periods.
The Blue Jackets, seeking their first back-to-back wins of the season, took a 1-0 lead at 13:02 of the first period. MacKenzie was skating hard to the net when Jackets defenseman Fedor Tyutin centered a pass from the left circle.
After a quiet first period, Los Angeles took off in a hectic second.
The Kings pulled even only 32 seconds into the second, when Kopitar jumped on a rebound to Mason's left and scored off his backhand, just inside the near post.
Carter, who played only 39 games with Columbus last season before he was traded, made it 2-1 Kings with a power play only four minutes later.
Mason stopped the initial shot by Los Angeles' Dustin Brown, but Carter flipped the puck into the slot, looking for a fortuitous bounce. He got it, too, with the puck kicking off Tyutin's skate and sliding between Mason's pads.
That Carter won the Stanley Cup last season after being traded away from the 30th-place Blue Jackets made it doubly difficult for many to swallow. They still aren't over it, apparently.
The Blue Jackets responded at 5:36 of the second. Brassard scored off a backhander from the slot to make it 2-2.
But that was Columbus' last shot of the second. The Kings took the final 12, including Voynov's blistering slap shot from the point at 10:26 to take the lead for good, 3-2.
The game took a violent turn just a minute after Voynov's goal.
Columbus' Brandon Dubinsky shoved Kings' defenseman Rob Scuderi face-first into the end boards, drawing a boarding major and a game misconduct. He also earned a fighting major when he was jumped by the Kings' Mike Richards, who picked up 19 minutes in penalties, including a 10-minute misconduct.
Scuderi stayed on the ice briefly before leaving the game. He returned before the second period ended.
The Kings added an early third-period goal to ice it. Richards pounced on a rebound and buried it on the power play at 6:16.
NOTES: Kings defenseman Drew Doughty left the game briefly late in the first period after a slapshot by Columbus' Jack Johnson struck him in the foot. ... A wave of injuries to the Blue Jackets' defense continued, with James Wisniewski suffering a concussion Saturday vs. Detroit and John Moore leaving practice on Monday with a lower body injury. As a result, the Jackets had four defensemen in the lineup with fewer than a half-season of NHL experience. ... The Blue Jackets scored first for only the third time this season.
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