NHL Game Summary - Los Angeles at Columbus
(Friday, January 16th)
Final Score: Columbus 3, Los Angeles 2 (OT)
Columbus, OH (Sports Network) - Rick Nash scored twice, including a breakaway tally with 2:02 left in overtime, to lift the Columbus Blue Jackets to a 3-2 win over the Los Angeles Kings at Nationwide Arena.
Geoff Sanderson also scored for the Blue Jackets, who snapped a six-game home losing streak and won for the first tie in four games overall. Marc Denis stopped 22 shots in the win.
Nash's goal made a winner out of head coach Gerard Gallant in his home debut. Gallant was installed as the top man behind the bench when Doug MacLean stepped down to focus on his general manager duties. However, Gallant started out his tenure with seven consecutive road games.
"We played two solid periods and then again in the third period we laid back. Fortunately, we got into overtime and had a big goal by Nash," Gallant said.
Jozef Stumpel and Alexander Frolov scored for Los Angeles, which ran its winless string to 14 games (0-3-9-2). The Kings are suffering through their longest winless skid since a 16-game stretch during the 1981-82 season.
Nash, the NHL's leading goal scorer with 27, secured the victory for the Blue Jackets by jumping on a loose puck at center ice and beating two LA defensemen down the ice. He headed toward Roman Cechmanek between the pipes and beat the netminder just underneath his right arm, inside the post on the stickside.
"It was kind of a mess-up in the neutral zone," said Nash. "They lost the puck and I think Sydor just tipped it there."
Cechmanek made 28 saves, but it was one too few in the Kings' fourth straight overtime contest.
Columbus got on the scoreboard first when Scott Lachance hit Sanderson with a pass from the red line to blue line. Sanderson moved into the offensive zone, moving backhand to forehand between the faceoffs circles. He then ducked down to Cechmanek's right and beat the netminder to the short side.
With just 11.2 seconds to go in the second period, LA tied things up. John Tripp battled along the boards with the Columbus defense, beating two Blue Jackets. Just before he crossed behind the net, he shoveled the puck out to Stumpel camped out in front, who stuffed it into Denis. The puck trickled between Denis' pads for the score
Columbus got the lead back at the 7:22 mark of the third, when Nikolai Zherdev stole the puck in traffic in the corner and skated parallel to the goal line. He backhanded a pass to Nash at the other post, and Nash one-timed it past a helpless Cechmanek.
But Frolov's goal just over a minute later tied the game at two apiece. Derek Armstrong from behind the goal line sent a pass to Modry at the top of the left circle. Modry fired the puck wide of the net, but Frolov deflected it barely inside the right post for the score.
Lachance registered his first point since November 9...Zherdev has a four-game point streak (2g, 2a)...This was Nash's third multi-goal game this season...The Kings are four games shy of the franchise record 17-game winless streak from the 1969-70 campaign...The Kings are 0-3-4-1 in their last eight road games...Columbus has just four wins in its last 21 games overall (4-12-3-2)...The Blue Jackets won for the first time in nine home games (1-6-1-1)...Columbus is 6-0-1 in the last seven meetings with Los Angeles, and the Kings have dropped their last three in Ohio.
01/16 23:18:00 ET