Kings beat Blue Jackets 5-2 to sweep homestand
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Jeff Carter scored during a two-man advantage in Los Angeles’ three-goal second period as the Kings completed a sweep of a six-game homestand with a 5-2 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets on Sunday.
Columbus left wing Nick Foligno was seriously injured with 11:34 left. He was taken off on a stretcher while wearing a neck brace. Carter checked him along the boards in front of the Kings bench, and Foligno’s head rammed into the elbow of linesman Shane Heyer, who had jumped on top of the boards in an attempt to avoid both players.
Tanner Pearson scored twice in the third for the Kings, who swept a homestand of at least six games for the first time. The defending Stanley Cup champions didn’t win more than five in a row at home at any time last season.
Tyler Toffoli and Dwight King also scored for the Kings. Jonathan Quick made 22 saves.
At Winnipeg, Manitoba, Bryan Little scored at 4:35 of overtime to lift the Jets to a 2-1 win over the Colorado Avalanche.
Little redirected Andrew Ladd’s backhander past Semyon Varlamov for his fifth goal of the season. Ladd also had the game’s first goal. Ondrej Pavelec made 22 saves.
Jamie McGinn scored for Colorado. Varlamov stopped 26 shots.
San Jose’s Joe Pavelski and Tommy Wingels scored power-play goals as the Sharks emphatically ended a four-game losing streak with a fight-filled 4-1 victory over the Anaheim Ducks.
Brent Burns and Marc-Edouard Vlasic also scored for the Sharks, who ended Anaheim’s seven-game winning streak with just their second victory in seven games.
Antti Niemi made 33 saves as San Jose rebounded aggressively from an embarrassing home loss to lowly Buffalo on Saturday, taking a 3-0 lead after two dominant periods. The third turned into a prolonged brawl featuring 127 penalty minutes and ending with Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry in the Ducks’ dressing room.
Matt Beleskey scored for the Western Conference-leading Ducks, who hadn’t lost since opening night on Oct. 9.
Frederik Andersen stopped 33 shots, but his 10-start winning streak ended as Anaheim wrapped up a five-game homestand with an unimpressive effort against a Pacific Division rival.
Jonathan Toews and Brent Seabrook scored and Scott Darling made 32 saves in his NHL debut as the Chicago Blackhawks defeated the Ottawa Senators 2-1, while the Vancouver Canucks beat the Washington Capitals 4-2 after Nick Bonino and Radim Vrbata both had a goal and an assist.