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Kings topple Blue Jackets 2-1 in Ohio

WHILE IT LASTS:The Kings’ interim coach John Stevens got his first win, but there is widespread speculation that Los Angeles will hire former San Jose coach Darryl Sutter

AP, COLUMBUS, OHIO

The Los Angeles Kings’ Alec Martinez, left, battles in front of the net with the Columbus Blue Jackets’ Rick Nash in their game at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio, on Thursday.

Photo: AFP

Dustin Brown scored on a redirect midway through the third period to lead Los Angeles to a 2-1 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets in the NHL on Thursday, giving interim coach John Stevens his first victory.

Davis Drewiske also scored for the Kings, who fired Terry Murray as coach on Monday.

There is widespread speculation that the team are close to hiring former San Jose coach and Calgary general manager Darryl Sutter as the permanent coach.

Jonathan Quick had 24 saves for Los Angeles, who ended a five-game skid. After a 5-1-1 start, the Kings have gone 9-12-3.

Jeff Carter scored for Columbus.

HURRICANES 4, CANUCKS 3

In Raleigh, North Carolina, Drayson Bowman scored two goals as Carolina rallied to beat Vancouver to give Kirk Muller his first coaching win on home ice.

Tuomo Ruutu added a deflected goal and an assist, while Jaroslav Spacek scored his first goal since being acquired by the last-place Hurricanes on Dec. 9. Carolina scored four straight goals to rally from a 2-0 deficit.

Muller replaced Paul Maurice, who was fired on Nov. 28 following the Hurricanes’ slow start to the season. They have lost 16 of their last 21 games.

LIGHTNING 5, FLAMES 4, OT

In Tampa, Florida, Steven Stamkos scored his 19th goal of the season 30 seconds into overtime as Tampa Bay topped Calgary.

Teddy Purcell, Tom Pyatt, Ryan Malone and Nate Thompson also scored for the Lightning, who had lost seven of their past eight games.

Calgary got goals from Matt Stajan, Jarome Iginla, Rene Bourque and Olli Jokinen.

The Flames rebounded from a two-goal, third-period deficit when Bourque scored on a breakaway in the opening minute and Jokinen redirected Alex Tanguay’s shot past Mathieu Garon during a power play with 3 minutes, 12 seconds to go in regulation.

In other games, it was:

‧ Flyers 4, Canadiens 3

‧ Stars 3, Islanders 2

‧ Predators 4, Red Wings 3

‧ Blues 4, Rangers 1

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