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Los Angeles Kings 2, Columbus Blue Jackets 3 FINAL OT

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:50 AM

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Los Angeles Kings 2, Columbus Blue Jackets 3 FINAL OT
Los Angeles Kings 2, Columbus Blue Jackets 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.

Defensemen Jaroslav Spacek and rookie Aaron Johnson scored for the Blue Jackets, 7-7-4 since Gerard Gallant was hired interim coach Jan. 1.

``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.''

scoring summary
1st Period
Alex Frolov (19) ASST: Scott Barney (5), Mattias Norstrom (12)
1 - 0 LAK
2nd Period
PPG - Jaroslav Spacek (1) ASST: Rick Nash (10), Anders Eriksson (11)
1 - 1 Tie
Aaron Johnson (1) ASST: Nikolay Zherdev (9), Marc Denis (2)
2 - 1 CBJ
3rd Period
Joe Corvo (6) ASST: Eric Belanger (12), Sean Avery (12)
2 - 2 Tie
OT Period
David Vyborny (16) ASST: NONE
3 - 2 CBJ
penalty summary
1st Period
Jason Holland  Hooking against  Rick Nash
2nd Period
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
3rd Period
Jason Holland  Tripping against  Rick Nash
Jon Sim  Boarding against  Kent McDonell
OT Period
goalie stats
Roman Cechmanek
Roman Cechmanek
SA: 34TOI: 61:56
Saves: 31EV: 23 - 25
PIM: 0PP: 8 - 9
SV%: .912SH: 0 - 0
Marc Denis
Marc Denis
SA: 32TOI: 61:46
Saves: 30EV: 26 - 28
PIM: 0PP: 3 - 3
SV%: .938SH: 1 - 1
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