Kings score 4 goals in 2nd, top Blue Jackets to extend point streak to 8
LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Kings scored four straight goals in the second period and extended their point streak to eight games with a 4-1 win against the Columbus Blue Jackets at Crypto.com Arena on Thursday.
Carl Grundstrom had a goal and an assist, and Pheonix Copley made 30 saves for the Kings (40-20-9), who have won seven of eight (7-0-1).
Los Angeles moved one point behind the Vegas Golden Knights for first place in the Pacific Division following Vegas’ 7-2 loss to the Calgary Flames on Thursday.
Kirill Marchenko scored, and Daniil Tarasov was pulled after allowing four goals on 27 shots for the Blue Jackets (21-39-7), who are 1-4-1 in their past six games. Michael Hutchinson saved all nine shots he faced after replacing Tarasov in the second period.
Drew Doughty gave the Kings a 1-0 lead at 4:44 of the second, following up his own rebound to score for the second straight game.
Anze Kopitar made it 2-0 at 7:42 by attacking the left post off a pass from Quinton Byfield.
Viktor Arvidsson extended it to 3-0 at 12:36, scoring on a one-timer from the left circle before Grundstrom made it 4-0 at 13:48 with a wrist shot from the right circle.
It was the second straight game Los Angeles scored four consecutive goals in the second period after also doing so in a 5-2 win against the New York Islanders on Tuesday.
Hutchinson replaced Tarasov after Columbus went down 4-0.
Marchenko scored at 4:31 of the third period on a wrist shot from the left circle for the 4-1 final.