Anze Kopitar and Alexander Frolov each scored twice and Jarret Stoll had a goal and an assist, leading the Los Angeles Kings to a 6-2 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets on Sunday night.
Michael Handzus also scored for the Kings, whose fourth straight victory matched their longest winning streak of last season. Jonathan Quick, stopped 24 shots _ including a penalty shot by Rick Nash in the first period _ in his first start since signing a three-year contract extension.
Antoine Vermette and Kristian Huselius scored for the Blue Jackets, who completed their trip 1-3 after a franchise-best 5-1-0 start that included a 4-1 win over the Kings at Columbus on Oct. 17.
Handzus and Kopitar connected on Los Angeles' first two shots against Steve Mason, who won the Calder Trophy last season as rookie of the year. Handzus got a pass in the slot from Dustin Brown and whipped a 40-foot wrist shot past Mason's glove at the 5:29 mark. Just 49 seconds later, Kopitar scored on a 40-foot wrist shot that snuck under Mason's right leg after Davis Drewiske set him up with a lead pass as he crossed the blue line.
About 9 minutes into the first period, Kings defenseman Rob Scuderi sent Jason Chimera somersaulting face-first into the ice with a hip check along the right boards in the Kings' zone. Chimera came up bleeding from his right eyebrow, and teammate Derek Dorsett immediately came off the bench to go after Scuderi.
The incident resulted in a game misconduct for Dorsett and a 10-minute misconduct for Chimera, who had to be restrained by linesman Don Henderson when he tried to get near the Kings' bench. The Blue Jackets also got a bench minor for too many men on the ice, but the Kings came up empty on the ensuing power play.
Stoll, who scored his first two goals of the season in Saturday night's 5-3 win at Phoenix, gave the Kings a 3-0 lead at 5:33 of the second period when he got a pass by rookie Scott Parse from behind the net and beat Mason to the stick side with a wrist shot from 20 feet. Parse has had an assist in each of his first two NHL games since being promoted from Manchester of the AHL on Friday.
Vermette, who had a goal and two assists for the Blue Jackets in Saturday's 6-4 win at Anaheim, got one past Quick at 14:05 of the second when he redirected a return pass from Mike Commodore in the low slot.
The Kings received a two-man advantage when Jakub Voracek was sent off elbowing Drew Doughty at 18:03 of the period and Mike Blunden got a roughing penalty 25 seconds later. Stoll hit the left post with a 50-foot slap shot, but Kopitar restored the Kings' three-goal margin a minute into the 5-on-3 advantage with a one-timer from the right circle.
The Blue Jackets closed to 4-2 on a power play goal by Huselius with 10:12 to play, after Parse was sent off for hooking. But Frolov responded with an unassisted goal less than 2 minutes later.
Chimura, who got an assist Vermette's goal after returning from his misconduct, got a roughing penalty with 3:39 left after knocking Frolov's helmet off from behind as they converged along the boards in the Columbus zone. Frolov scored on the ensuing power play, beating Mason with a backhander from a sharp angle.
Nash was awarded his penalty shot at 13:16 of the first after he was sent in on a breakaway by Raffi Torres and then hooked from behind by Kings defenseman Jack Johnson. But Quick stood his ground, reaching down with his blocker to thwart the Blue Jackets' captain on his shot to the stick side.
NOTES: Kopitar, who had a hat trick in Thursday's 5-4 win against Dallas and got three assists in Saturday game, leads the league with 10 goals and 21 points. ... The Blue Jackets have given up the first goal in four consecutive games. ... The Kings are 7-0 when leading after two periods. ... Kings goalies have stopped 35 of 47 penalty shots during the franchise's 41-year history. ... Frolov, who scored 32 goals last season, hadn't had one in nine games since beating Phoenix's Ilya Bryzgalov on opening night.