Viktor Arvidsson caps hat trick with overtime goal in Kings’ win over Blue Jackets

Kings forward Viktor Arvidsson, center, celebrates with teammates Blake Lizotte and Phillip Danault in overtime.
Kings forward Viktor Arvidsson, center, celebrates with teammates Blake Lizotte, left, and Phillip Danault after scoring in overtime against the Columbus Blue Jackets on Friday.
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Viktor Arvidsson scored four minutes into overtime to complete a hat trick and give the Kings a 4-3 victory over the quick-strike Columbus Blue Jackets on Friday night.

“I think I’ve been creating shots and chances the whole season and just haven’t been able to put them in, and tonight they went in,” Arvidsson said. “That was a good feeling.”

Dustin Brown also scored and Jonathan Quick stopped 24 shots for the Kings to help the Kings end a two-game losing streak and win for the eighth time in 11 games.


“I thought the guys stuck with it,” said acting Kings coach Trent Yawney, filling in for coach Todd McLellan, who remains in COVID-19 protocol. “Brownie’s goal was a big goal. I think it kind was a relief on the bench, and they could feel that maybe there was an opportunity.“

Patrik Laine, Oliver Bjorkstrand and Justin Danforth scored for Columbus in a franchise-record, 46-second span in the second, and Elvis Merzlikins stopped 39 shots. The Blue Jackets had won two in a row.

Arvidsson opened the scoring with six minutes left in the second period with a wrister from the right circle that beat Merzlikins high.

Columbus countered with the three-goal burst, with Laine scoring with 4:26 to go, Bjorkstrand with 4:01 left, and Danforth with 3:40 remaining.

Brown’s dribbler through Merzlikins’ pads made it 3-2 at 3:49 of the third, and the Kings pulled even with 3:46 left on Arvidsson’s second goal of the night.

“Tough one,” Blue Jackets coach Brad Larsen said. “The guys played hard. Once we got through the first period I thought we upped our game. That’s a good hockey team we played. [We’re] disappointed to lose that one.”

Boone Jenner appeared to have won it for Columbus with 2:56 left in overtime, but the goal was disallowed for offsides.


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Injury update

Brendan Lemieux left the game in the first period with a lower-body injury and did not return. The Blue Jackets placed defenseman Adam Boqvist on injured reserve retroactive to Feb. 27. He is day to day with an upper-body injury suffered against the Penguins on Sunday.

Helping out

With his helper on Arvidsson’s second goal, Kings center Anze Kopitar notched his 11 assist in the past 11 games. Bjorkstrand extended his goal streak to three games and has points in eight of his last 11 games.