The Kings won their fifth straight game to open up their six-game road trip in triumphant fashion, beating the Columbus Blue Jackets 3-2 in OT Tuesday evening at Nationwide Arena.
Some late-game magic from Columbus’ villain, Jeff Carter, allowed the Kings to extend their overtime record to a perfect 5-0 this season, when Alec Martinez struck for the game-decider with just 27 seconds left in the extra frame.
For the Kings, the victory to open up the lengthy tour away from Los Angeles was even sweeter due to how the game started, the Blue Jackets building a two-goal lead in the second period.
Scott Hartnell gave the Blue Jackets a 1-0 lead just over two minutes into the second period when he scored a power play goal, and Matt Calvert added to Columbus’ lead, giving them a 2-0 advantage with his goal 14 minutes into the middle frame.
Christian Ehrhoff got the Kings on the board late in the second, scoring his second goal of the season, and his second in three games to cut the club’s deficit in half.
After a Drew Doughty shot missed the mark wide in Columbus’ zone, the Blue Jackets attempted a clearing attempt, which Ehrhoff walked into, blasting a slap shot through traffic past Sergei Bobrovsky, off the short-side post and in.
The Kings dominated the game in possession and shots taken (23-11) through two periods of play, but still found themselves behind on the scoreboard.
Late in the third, and still down 2-1, the Kings pulled Jonathan Quick from the net for an extra attacker.
Alec Martinez, after a couple of failed attempts to get a shot to the front of Columbus’ net, finally did so, and Curtis McElhinney, who replaced an injured Sergei Bobrovsky with five minutes to play in regulation, couldn’t handle the rebound.
Carter, stationed to the right of the Blue Jackets’ net, got his stick on the loose puck and slid it under a sprawling McElhinney to tie the game with 1:27 left in regulation.
The Kings extended to their seventh overtime game of the season.
Late in the overtime period, Dustin Brown controlled the puck atop Columbus’ zone, found Nick Shore with a pass on the left side, who then found a wide-open Alec Martinez waiting on the Blue Jackets’ back-door. Martinez one-timed Shore’s feed past McElhinney to give the Kings a 3-2 win.
The Kings remain undefeated in overtimes this season (5-0), and 6-1 when extending past regulation.
Alec Martinez (1G, 1A) led all Kings players in points scored (2), Alec Martinez in shots taken (7), Brayden McNabb in hits delivered (5), Alec Martinez in shots blocked (4), and Drew Doughty in minutes played (30:59). Jonathan Quick made 21 saves in the overtime win.
The Kings will continue their six-game road trip Friday night when they take on the Pittsburgh Penguins at the Consol Energy Center, where the puck is scheduled to drop just after 4:00 PM PST.