Second-period surge sends Kings past Blue Jackets

Second-period surge sends Kings past Blue Jackets

Drew Doughty, Anze Kopitar, Viktor Arvidsson and Carl Grundstrom scored in a 9:04 span of the second period to help the Los Angeles Kings secure a 4-1 win against the visiting Columbus Blue Jackets on Thursday night.Pheonix Copley made 30 saves for the Kings (40-20-9, 89 points), who are 7-0-1 in their past eight games and moved a point back of the Vegas Golden Knights for first place in the Pacific Division.Kirill Marchenko scored for Columbus (21-39-7, 49 points), which is 1-4-1 in its past six games. Daniil Tarasov stopped all 15 shots during his superb first period but was pulled after surrendering four goals on 12 shots in the second period.Michael Hutchinson replaced Tarasov and stopped all nine shots he faced.Doughty scored his flashiest goal of the season to give Los Angeles a 1-0 lead at 4:44 of the middle period.He faked a point shot to get around Lane Pederson, skated into the slot and sent a backhand off Tarasov. The puck bounced in the air and landed in the crease, where Doughty pushed it across the goal line for his fifth of the season.Kopitar scored off a feed from Quinton Byfield to make it 2-0 at 7:42.Trevor Moore then fed Arvidsson for a one-timer to make it 3-0 at 12:36.


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