The fastest start in club history is over, for now. As is the longest home winning streak to start the season.
The Kings couldn't stave off the Columbus Blue Jackets in front of a sellout crowd at Staples Center, as Rick Nash scored the go-ahead goal with 3 minutes 12 seconds remaining and then added an empty-netter, sending the Kings on to a four-game road trip with a their second consecutive loss, 5-3.
Kings forward Justin Williams broke the 2-2 tie with his team-high ninth goal of the season early in the third period, but Columbus managed to do what Los Angeles has lacked in recent games, get some secondary scoring.
Fourth-liner Jared Boll tied the score, 3-3, with his second goal of the season. Andrew Murray scored the Blue Jackets’ first goal in just his second game this season, and defenseman Rostislav Klesla scored his first goal of the season in the second.
The Kings, meanwhile, received their first goal from a forward outside their top six since Oct. 30, when Michal Handzus scored on a power play at the 9:06 mark of the first period to tie the score, 1-1. Handzus knocked in a rebound that came off a blast from Anze Kopitar.
Kings goalie Jonathan Quick had given up three goals combined in his last four starts but gave up four against the Blue Jackets to match his season-high.
Drew Doughty had three assists for the Kings.
Williams extended his point streak to 11 games with a second-period assist on Ryan Smyth’s score-tying goal. It’s the longest point streak by a Kings’ player since Luc Robitaille scored in 15 straight games early in 2000.
The Kings are scheduled to depart Thursday morning on a four-game road trip that starts Friday in Buffalo, then moves on to Boston, Ottawa and Montreal.
More to come from the locker room.