Sanford stopped 14 shots in the third period, during which the Kings had multiple power plays.
Los Angeles opened the third period on a four-minute power play and had a two- man advantage for 37 seconds. The Kings got another chance to net the equalizer, spending the final 1:25 on a power play with Columbus' Grant Clitsome -- the lone goal-scorer -- off for delay of game.
But goals continue to elude the Kings, who suffered their first regulation loss since Darryl Sutter took over as head coach (5-1-3). Los Angeles, which finished 0-for-8 on the power play Saturday, has scored just two goals in its last three games.