Los Angeles
Kings
46-28-8
Columbus
Blue Jackets
43-32-7

29 SOG
34 SOG
1st2nd3rdT
LAK
CBJ
game recap

Blue Jackets top Kings for team-record 7th win in row

Tuesday, 01.21.2014 / 11:37 PM

Craig Merz - NHL.com Correspondent

Three Stars of the Game
RJ Umberger
1st
G: 2Shots: 4
A: 0Hits: 0
PTS: 2PIM: 0
+/-: 2TOI: 17:26
Artem Anisimov
2nd
G: 1Shots: 3
A: 1Hits: 2
PTS: 2PIM: 2
+/-: 2TOI: 15:00
James Wisniewski
3rd
G: 0Shots: 2
A: 2Hits: 1
PTS: 2PIM: 0
+/-: 1TOI: 21:24

COLUMBUS -- The new year has been kind to the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Winners in eight of nine games this month, they set a team record with their seventh victory in a row, a 5-3 decision against the Los Angeles Kings on Tuesday.

The previous record of six was from March 24 to April 3, 2006.

"It's special," Columbus right wing RJ Umberger said. "You don't want to get caught up in it, but it shows the direction this club is going. There's been a lot of hard moments here. The fans can enjoy it and deserve it, but we've got a lot more in us."

The streak is the longest active in the NHL and ties the Blue Jackets with the Anaheim Ducks for the best point percentage since Jan. 1 (.889) going into the Ducks' game later Tuesday.

"It's an accomplishment for the players," Columbus coach Todd Richards said. "For me right now, we're in the middle of the season. It's great what the players accomplished, but it's just another game, another two points."

Umberger had two goals; Ryan Johansen and Nathan Horton each had one; and Artem Anisimov scored once and had an assist. James Wisniewski had two first-period assists for Columbus (25-20-4), which is 14-6-1 in the past 21 games.

Columbus took advantage of Los Angeles playing for the fourth time in six days on the road, including a 3-2 loss at the Boston Bruins on Monday.

"We're doing what bad teams are doing," Kings right wing Justin Williams said. "We're allowing special-teams goals. We're allowing breakdown goals. When teams score goals against us, they need to earn them and earn them heavily. We haven't done that lately."

The Kings (29-16-6) are 1-2-1 with a game Thursday at Anaheim to complete their trip before playing the Ducks on Saturday at Dodger Stadium in the 2014 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series.

"There's something to be said for catching a team at the right moment," Richards said. "We got these guys at a good time and we were able to benefit from that because they were starting to run out of gas."

Dwight King, former Blue Jackets right wing Jeff Carter, and Robin Regehr scored for the Kings.

Columbus goalie Sergei Bobrovsky made 26 saves for his eighth straight win and sixth in a row since missing a month with a groin strain.

The Blue Jackets scored twice in the final 1:45 of the second period to break a 2-2 tie. Umberger had his second of the game, and Horton scored with 16 seconds left thanks to a pinpoint pass from Anisimov.

The goals came after Carter, who was booed every time he touched the puck, completed a 3-on-1 at 8:39 of the second to tie the score. He started the break by collecting the puck at center ice and skated down the right side. After a give-and-go with Mike Richards, Carter slipped a backhand through the pads of Bobrovsky for the Canadian Olympian's 20th goal. He has scored in four straight games.

The Blue Jackets took command at the expense of backup goalie Martin Jones, who got his first start since Jan. 2 after Jonathan Quick had played the past eight games.

Jones stopped 29 shots but had two goals go off his glove, including the one by Umberger that gave Columbus the lead for good in the second period. Umberger stole the puck from Los Angeles defenseman Drew Doughty along the left wall and fired from a bad angle. Jones misplayed the shot, and Umberger had his 13th goal.

"We fought hard to get back in it, 2-2," Jones said. "A bad goal changed the momentum, and that was the difference in the hockey game."

The goals were Umberger's first in eight games since scoring at the Phoenix Coyotes on Jan. 2.

Horton scored for the third time nine games since coming off the injured reserve list after offseason shoulder surgery. Anisimov did the bulk of the work by corralling a bouncing puck in the neutral before skating down the left side and spotting Horton in front for a wrist shot that went top shelf.

"We're clearly giving up goals against," Los Angeles coach Darryl Sutter said. "The kids are kind of hitting the wall, some of the young guys."

Anisimov stuffed in his shot while being tripped at 15:19 of the third period to make it 5-2, but Regehr got it back at 16:50.

The Blue Jackets got a power-play goal from Umberger and a late score by Johansen to rally to a 2-1 first-period lead. They countered the opening goal by King, who put in a rebound of a Trevor Lewis shot at 2:42.

"We had trouble at the beginning of the year playing well and getting the results we wanted," Wisniewski said. "Every guy in this room deserves props for all the hard work we've been doing the last few weeks."

scoring summary
1st Period
02:42
LAK
Dwight King (11) Wrist shot - ASST: Trevor Lewis (2)
1 - 0 LAK
12:47
CBJ
PPG - RJ Umberger (12) Tip-in - ASST: James Wisniewski (25), Jack Johnson (15)
1 - 1 Tie
19:02
CBJ
Ryan Johansen (19) Wrist shot - ASST: Ryan Murray (13), James Wisniewski (26)
2 - 1 CBJ
2nd Period
08:39
LAK
Jeff Carter (20) Backhand shot - ASST: Mike Richards (27)
2 - 2 Tie
18:15
CBJ
RJ Umberger (13) Wrist shot - ASST: NONE
3 - 2 CBJ
19:44
CBJ
Nathan Horton (3) Wrist shot - ASST: Artem Anisimov (11), Boone Jenner (5)
4 - 2 CBJ
3rd Period
15:19
CBJ
Artem Anisimov (13) Wrist shot - ASST: Nick Foligno (15)
5 - 2 CBJ
16:50
LAK
Robyn Regehr (1) Wrist shot - ASST: Justin Williams (15), Mike Richards (28)
5 - 3 CBJ
penalty summary
1st Period
00:11
CBJ
Matt Calvert  Cross checking against  Trevor Lewis
03:55
CBJ
Ryan Johansen  Cross checking against  Jake Muzzin
12:32
LAK
Jake Muzzin  Tripping against  Boone Jenner
14:27
CBJ
Artem Anisimov  Delaying Game-Puck over glass
2nd Period
03:47
LAK
Willie Mitchell  Interference against  Matt Calvert
3rd Period
00:22
LAK
Drew Doughty  Cross checking against  Brandon Dubinsky
goalie stats
Martin Jones
Martin Jones
8-4-0
SA: 34TOI: 58:03
Saves: 29EV: 18 - 22
PIM: 0PP: 9 - 10
SV%: .853SH: 2 - 2
Sergei Bobrovsky
SA: 29TOI: 60:00
Saves: 26EV: 22 - 25
PIM: 0PP: 4 - 4
SV%: .897SH: 0 - 0
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