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
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
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
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
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
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
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.''