LOS ANGELES -- Defenseman Robyn Regher scored the overtime winner and goaltender Jonathan Quick stopped 24 shots as the Los Angeles Kings defeated the Columbus Blue Jackets 2-1 on Thursday.
Regher took a pass from center Mike Richards and snapped a shot from 50 feet past a screened Columbus goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky for his second goal of the season 2:33 into extra time.
Los Angeles (31-22-6) broke a four game losing streak and won for the first time at home since Jan. 13 against Vancouver.
Down 1-0 entering the third period, the Kings evened the score during a 4-on-4 play on defenseman Jake Muzzin's fourth goal of the season at 3:09. Muzzin deflected a feed from center Anze Kopitar between Bobrovsky's pads with defenseman Drew Doughty earning the secondary assist. It was the seventh straight Los Angeles goal that Kopitar either scored or assisted on, a stretch spanning eight games.
The highlight of a scoreless middle frame came when Blue Jackets center Brandon Dubinsky had a chance to double the margin with less than six minutes to play on a breakaway, but was turned away by Quick.
Columbus started quickly when defenseman Jack Johnson scored his fourth of the season on the power play at 1:40 of the first period. With Los Angeles winger Tyler Toffoli in the box for holding, Johnson beat Quick with a wrist shot from 35 feet off a feed from center Ryan Johansen. The score marked the fifth consecutive game that the Kings surrendered the first goal of the game.
The Kings best chance to even the game in the first half of the middle period came with them a man down. Winger Trevor Lewis broke in on an odd man rush but his wrist shot was turned away by Bobrovsky's pad.
The Blue Jackets continued to control play throughout the opening period ending with a shot advantage of 10-2 and winning 17 of 23 faceoffs.
Columbus(29-23-5) earned a point for the fourth consecutive game and trail the Detroit Red Wings by one point for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. Bobrovsky stopped 18 Los Angeles shots in defeat.
NOTES: Columbus scratched LW Blake Comeau, D Tim Erixon and D Cody Goloubef. ... Blue Jackets D James Wisniewski is on pace for a 52 point season. His present total of 34 is already a career high. ... Columbus will conclude the pre-Olympics portion of its schedule Friday in San Jose. ... The Kings did not dress C Colin Fraser and D Alec Martinez. ... Trade rumors continue to swirl around the Kings with LW Kyle Clifford the most likely candidate to move in favor of an offensive player that can help the Los Angeles 28th ranked power play. ... Los Angeles has scored only two power plays goals in their last eight games.