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Blue Jackets rally and strike late, beat the Kings in overtime

Kings right wing Adrian Kempe celebrates after scoring a goal against the Blue Jackets during the first period of a game Dec. 19.
Kings right wing Adrian Kempe celebrates after scoring a goal against the Blue Jackets during the first period of a game Dec. 19.
(Jay LePrete / Associated Press)

Pierre-Luc Dubois scored in overtime, Zach Werenski had a goal and an assist, and the Columbus Blue Jackets rallied to beat the Kings 3-2 on Thursday night.

Boone Jenner scored with 1:43 remaining to force overtime for the Blue Jackets, who won after trailing in the first period for the second time this season. Dubois got the game-winner 1:11 into overtime when he took a tape-to-tape pass from Gustav Nyquist on a 2-on-2 rush.

Adrian Kempe and Jeff Carter scored for the Kings, who lost in overtime for the second time in four games. Los Angeles was beaten after leading for two periods for the first time this season.

Joonas Korpisalo stopped 23 shots to earn his 15th win of the season. Jack Campbell made 25 saves for the Kings.

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Kempe put the Kings in front just 42 seconds into the game, standing firm in front of the net and sending the rebound of Ben Hutton’s shot past Korpisalo for his sixth goal of the year and second in his last two games.

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The Jackets quickly responded on a power play. Zack Werenski one-timed Nyquist’s pass from above the right circle past Campbell at 2:55 of the first. The goal was the seventh of the season and third with a man advantage for the defenseman, playing in his second game since missing seven with a shoulder injury.

Carter got the Kings on the board at 11:16 when he collected a rebound and scored on a turn-around shot in front of the net.

Korpisalo had been pulled for an extra skater when Jenner tied it, deflecting Werenski’s shot from the blue line into the net.

Notes

Anze Kopitar is one goal from tying Bernie Nicholls for fourth-most goals all-time in Kings’ history (327). Columbus’ David Savard (illness) was scratched, putting Gabriel Carlsson into an NHL game for the first time since Oct. 4, 2018. Carlsson is the 10th defenseman to dress in a game for the Blue Jackets this year. Cam Atkinson suffered a lower-body injury in the second period and did not return. He was the fifth Blue Jackets player hurt in the past four games. Josh Anderson, Sonny Milano, Ryan Murray and Andrew Peake were all out of the lineup.

Up next

Kings: At Buffalo on Saturday.

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Blue Jackets: Home against New Jersey on Saturday.


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