Umberger's 2 goals lift CBJ past Kings, 5-3

Published on NewsOK Modified: January 21, 2014 at 9:44 pm •  Published: January 21, 2014
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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — It's been so much fun winning their past seven games, the Columbus Blue Jackets don't want to quit now.

R.J. Umberger scored twice to lead the Blue Jackets to a franchise-record for consecutive wins with a 5-3 victory Tuesday night over the Los Angeles Kings.

"It's special," said Umberger, who has seen a lot of losses since coming to the Blue Jackets in a draft-day trade in 2008.

"You don't want to get caught up in it, but it shows the direction the club's going. There have been some bad moments here. But we've got a lot more in us. We're not satisfied."

The win kept the Blue Jackets — who have made the postseason just once in their 12 seasons — in playoff contention.

Nathan Horton scored in his 600th NHL game, Artem Anisimov had a goal and an assist and Ryan Johansen also scored for Columbus, with James Wisniewski picking up two assists. Sergei Bobrovsky moved to 8-0 in his past eight starts with 26 saves.

They're 8-1-0 with Horton, a big free-agent signing last summer from Boston, in the lineup.

"We're on a roll, but we're not where we want to be," Horton said. "We want to get back in the playoffs and stay there. We needed a winning streak; now we need to keep the thing going."

The Blue Jackets have been surging since getting Horton, who missed the first 40 games after shoulder surgery, and Bobrovsky, who sat out most of December with a strained groin, back on the ice.

Columbus, thought to be hurting for offense heading into the season, has outscored its opponents 30-15 in the streak.

"There's something with our group," coach Todd Richards said. "Our young guys are a year older and feeling more comfortable. Our power play is better, so that'll help. But there's something different about our offensive output."

Jeff Carter, Dwight King and Robyn Regehr had goals for the Kings, who have lost three in a row. Mike Richards had two assists.

"We're clearly giving up too many goals," Kings coach Darryl Sutter said.

Down 2-1 after the first, the Kings tied it before the Blue Jackets scored twice in 89 seconds late in the second to take command.

Carter, a former Blue Jacket who was booed loudly every time he touched the puck, received a nice pass on a 3 on 1 break from Richards and recorded his 20th goal at 8:39.

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