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Stoll's SO goal lifts Kings over Blue Jackets

Jarret Stoll had the only goal in the shootout, leading Los Angeles past the Columbus Blue Jackets 4-3 on Wednesday night and extending the Kings' point streak to 10 games.

The Kings' 8-0-2 spurt is their best run in 31 years. Los Angeles can match the franchise record when it plays the eighth of a 10-game road trip at the New York Rangers on Thursday.

Los Angeles also has points in eight straight road games (6-0-2) for its top surge since 1984.

The Blue Jackets forced overtime on Kris Russell's goal with 1:23 left in regulation.

Andrei Loktionov had a goal and an assist, and Justin Williams and Drew Doughty also scored for the Kings. Jonathan Quick had 21 saves through overtime and stopped all three shots in the shootout.

The Kings improved to 7-1 in shootouts and dropped the Blue Jackets to 4-3.

Rick Nash and Jake Voracek each had a goal and an assist, and Derek MacKenzie had two assists for Columbus, which had won five of six. Mathieu Garon had 26 saves.

After Nash and the Kings' Michal Hanzus failed to score in the shootout, Quick stopped Matt Calvert with a poke check. Stoll swooped in on Garon and scored high on the stick side. Quick ended the game with a pad save against Kristian Huselius.

The Kings were running out the clock when Quick gave up a rebound on Voracek's shot. Russell backhanded the puck in while skating backward to the left of the net.

Doughty broken a 2-2 tie earlier in the third period when he scored off a one-timer from the blue line.

It was a pivotal game for both teams, who are outside playoff positioning in the Western Conference.

Columbus salvaged a point but could be without top-line center Derick Brassard, who injured a hand in the opening minutes and didn't return.

The teams traded goals in each of the first two periods.

Garon mishandled a puck that Matt Greene stayed with, eventually flipping a behind-the-back centering pass from the back boards to Loktionov in the slot for his fourth goal.

The Blue Jackets tied it when MacKenzie, centering the top line in place of Brassard, dug his dump pass off the back boards and sent a blind pass to Nash. He stepped into a slap shot in the left circle for his 27th.

The Blue Jackets had almost 2 minutes with a two-man advantage at the end of the second period and start of the third but failed to score.

Columbus lost two of its top six forwards in the first. Brassard was struck on the left hand by the puck and went immediately to the dressing room. R.J. Umberger, who was in the middle of the top line filling in for Brassard, limped off the ice but returned later.

Shortly after a power play, Williams scored his 20th goal to give the Kings a 1-0 lead.

The Blue Jackets pulled even late in the period. Nash carried the puck into the attacking zone and fed MacKenzie, who slid a cross-ice pass to Voracek in the right circle for a one-timer that beat Quick;s glove.

Notes: Columbus LW Ethan Moreau was activated from the injured list after missing 16 games with a rib injury. ... Kings C Anze Kopitar extended his point streak to three games.