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Blue Jackets top Kings in OT on Dubois goal for third straight win

Extend point streak to six after Jenner ties it late in third period

by Craig Merz / NHL.com Independent Correspondent

Dubois notches game-winning goal

LAK@CBJ: Dubois sends home game-winner in overtime

Pierre-Luc Dubois takes a feed from Gustav Nyquist and sends the puck home for the game-winning goal in overtime

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COLUMBUS -- Pierre-Luc Dubois scored 1:11 into overtime, and the Columbus Blue Jackets rallied to defeat the Los Angeles Kings 3-2 at Nationwide Arena on Thursday.

Dubois converted a pass from Gustav Nyquist to extend the Columbus (15-14-6) winning streak to three games and point streak to six (4-0-2).

 

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Boone Jenner tied it 2-2 for Columbus with a tip of a Zach Werenski shot at 18:17 of the third period with goalie Joonas Korpisalo (23 saves) pulled for a sixth skater.

Video: LAK@CBJ: Jenner ties the game with a redirection

Jack Campbell made 25 saves for the Kings (15-18-4), who extended their point streak to six games (4-02) after going 2-6-1 in their previous nine. The Kings extended their road point streak to five games (3-0-2).

Nyquist's second assist of the game came on a give-and-go to set up the game-winner.

"[Dubois] came with good speed and made a good pass," said Nyquist. "He had such good speed I figured he'd beat his man. I tried to get it over and it was a nice finish by him."

Dubois was waiting for the return pass by Nyquist.

"I saw the forward skating backward and [Nyquist] cutting to the middle," Dubois said. "I knew if I was able to get it to him, I might be able to beat my guy."

Adrian Kempe gave the Kings a 1-0 lead 42 seconds into the first period when he put in a rebound of a Ben Hutton shot.
Werenski tied it 1-1 at 2:55 of the first on the power play with a shot from the left point, his first goal in his second game back after missing seven games with a shoulder injury.

Video: LAK@CBJ: Kempe nets rebound to start the scoring

"I'm playing with confidence right now, shooting with confidence on the power play," he said. "That [goal] maybe 15 games, I would have stopped it and walked to the middle."

Jeff Carter gave the Kings a 2-1 lead at 11:16 of the second period when he scored off a loose puck in front to extend his point streak to five games (three goals, two assists).

Video: LAK@CBJ: Carter roofs turnaround shot past Korpisalo

"It was a scrappy game," Kings coach Todd McLellan said. "There were not a lot of plays made either way. Hard fought along the boards. Turnovers in the neutral zone. Faceoffs. Net play. Not a lot of flow to it.

"Obviously disappointing that we were so close and weren't able to hold on."

Korpisalo kept it a one-goal game at 3:10 of the third period with a sprawling save on Michael Amadio.

The Blue Jackets nearly tied at 8:46 of the third on a delayed penalty but Nick Foligno's shot from a cross-ice pass by Jenner hit the right post.

Los Angeles then killed their third successive shorthanded situation after the Werenski goal.

"After that first power play the penalty kill was really good the rest of the way," King defenseman Joakim Ryan said. "It was just us getting back to what we do."

Cam Atkinson, who led the Blue Jackets with 41 goals last season and has nine this season, sustained a lower-body injury and left the game at 14:26 of the second period. Tortorella did not have an update after the game.

Atkinson was the sixth Blue Jackets player forced out because of injury in the past six games.

Video: Dubois and Seguin secure OT wins on Thursday

 

They said it

"We're starting to play to our identity and playing better within our structure. We've just got to keep that rolling. We can't let this one get us down." -- Kings defenseman Joakim Ryan

"A lot of games this year we played well enough to get points and we don't necessarily get them. It was a big goal to get us to overtime." -- Blue Jackets forward Pierre-Luc Dubois on Boone Jenner's goal

 

Need to know

The Kings lost for the first time in 11 games this season (10-0-1) when leading after two periods. … Carter has 21 points (14 goals, seven assists) in 20 games against the Blue Jackets. The former Blue Jackets forward has scored in six straight games in Nationwide Arena for the Kings. … Kempe has a goal in two straight games. … Nyquist has six points (goal, five assists) in a four-game point streak. … Dubois has six points (two goals, four assists) in the past four games. … Blue Jackets defenseman David Savard did not play because of illness. … Gabriel Carlsson, recalled from Cleveland of the American Hockey League earlier in the day, played his first game in the NHL since Oct. 4, 2018. He had 9:44 of ice time. He is the 10th defenseman to play for the Blue Jackets this season.

 

What's next

Kings: At the Buffalo Sabres on Saturday (1 p.m. ET; MSG-B, FS-W, NHL.TV)

Blue Jackets: Host the New Jersey Devils on Saturday (1 p.m. ET; FS-O, MSG, NHL.TV)

Video: Jenner ties it, Dubois wins it in OT for Blue Jackets 

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