LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Kyle Clifford scored the tiebreaking goal, Jonathan Quick made 20 saves, and the Los Angeles Kings slowed the Columbus Blue Jackets' late-season surge with a 2-1 victory Thursday night.
Drew Doughty scored an early power-play goal for the defending Stanley Cup champions, who kept pace with San Jose for fourth place in the Western Conference by snapping Columbus' five-game winning streak one shy of the franchise record in a defense-dominated game.
Sergei Bobrovsky stopped 21 shots and Dalton Prout scored his first NHL goal for the eighth-place Blue Jackets, who lost for the first time in four stops on their six-game trip.
The Blue Jackets' remarkable rally finally hit snag in the form of Los Angeles' Conn Smythe Trophy-winning goalie and his sturdy defense, but they've still got a solid playoff shot for a team that was last in the NHL on Feb. 25. Columbus is on a 16-5-5 roll since then, including five wins in seven road games.
The Blue Jackets won the first th...