|LAK||1||0||1||0||(0 - 0)||2|
|CBJ||0||2||0||1||(0 - 0)||3|
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) _ Roman Cechmanek wasn't really in a giving mood when longtime friend and fellow Czech David Vyborny confronted the goaltender behind the Los Angeles net in overtime.
Vyborny, Columbus' second leading goal-scorer with 16, was caught off-guard by the unintentional gesture, scoring 1:58 into the extra session for a 3-2 win over the Kings on Wednesday night.
``He tried a fake on me and it put the puck on my stick,'' Vyborny said. ``I was surprised.''
The loss snapped the Kings' season-best seven-game unbeaten streak.
``I held it for a couple seconds, and I held the puck a little light,'' Cechmanek said. ``It just hit Vyborny's stick.''
Kings coach Andy Murray wasn't down about the loss, happy his team earned a point to keep pace for a Western Conference playoff spot.
``I think the key thing is that we keep piling points up,'' he said.
Columbus, unbeaten (7-0-1-0) in its last eight games against Los Angeles, also beat the Kings in overtime the last time the teams met in Columbus.
``We've got three points off of them so far (this season by reaching overtime),'' Murray said, again focusing on the positive.
``It's real exciting,'' Johnson said of his first career goal. ``I was trying to go to the net and (Nikolai) Zherdev saw me and made a beautiful pass.''
The Kings, who tied it 2-2 on Joe Corvo's goal midway through the final period, entered unbeaten in their last five road games.
``They left me all alone in the slot,'' Corvo said. ``I just had to redirect it high.''
Alexander Frolov also scored his team-best 19th goal for Los Angeles.
The Kings, playing crisply after a 3-1 win at Minnesota on Tuesday, carried the game early. Frolov stuffed a wraparound shot behind Marc Denis to make it 1-0.
The Blue Jackets looked sluggish in their first game in a week.
``They came out hard and took it to us early,'' Gallant said. ``Fortunately, after the 10-minute mark we got back in the game and played pretty well after that.''
Carrying momentum and a power play into the second period, Spacek scored to pull Columbus even at 1. Spacek wristed the puck from the right circle over Cechmanek's glove after a nice cross-ice pass from Rick Nash, the league's leading goal-scorer with 31.
Spacek, who had a career-best 45 points last season, has missed 24 games this season with a groin injury and has only 13 points.
Johnson, recalled earlier in the week and playing only his sixth career game, snapped a shot between Cechmanek's pads to give the Blue Jackets a 2-1 lead.
The Kings tied it when Eric Belanger's centering pass from the left boards found Corvo, who roofed a shot over Denis from the slot.
``Our defensive corps was solid,'' Denis said. ``We stuck with it and Vyborny made a great play at the end.''
|Alex Frolov (19) Wrap-around - ASST: Scott Barney (5), Mattias Norstrom (12)|
1 - 0 LAK
|PPG - Jaroslav Spacek (1) Wrist shot - ASST: Rick Nash (10), Anders Eriksson (11)|
1 - 1 Tie
|Aaron Johnson (1) Snap shot - ASST: Nikolay Zherdev (9), Marc Denis (2)|
2 - 1 CBJ
|Joe Corvo (6) Snap shot - ASST: Eric Belanger (12), Sean Avery (12)|
2 - 2 Tie
|David Vyborny (16) Backhand shot - ASST: NONE|
3 - 2 CBJ
|Jason Holland Hooking against Rick Nash|
|Jon Sim Hi-sticking against Aaron Johnson|
|Sean Avery Boarding against Luke Richardson|
|Rostislav Klesla Interference against Trent Klatt|
|Scott Barney Slashing|
|Jaroslav Modry Slashing against Geoff Sanderson|
|Jaroslav Modry Cross checking against Geoff Sanderson|
|Geoff Sanderson Roughing against Jaroslav Modry|
|Geoff Sanderson Interference on goalkeeper against Roman Cechmanek|
|Jason Holland Tripping against Rick Nash|
|Jon Sim Boarding against Kent McDonell|
|SA: 34||TOI: 61:56|
|Saves: 31||EV: 23 - 25|
|PIM: 0||PP: 8 - 9|
|SV%: .912||SH: 0 - 0|
|SA: 32||TOI: 61:46|
|Saves: 30||EV: 26 - 28|
|PIM: 0||PP: 3 - 3|
|SV%: .938||SH: 1 - 1|