Tyler Wright scored two of his three goals in the third period yesterday, leading the Columbus Blue Jackets to a 5-1 victory over the visiting Los Angeles Kings.
These were Wright's first goals of the season. He completed his hat trick -- the second of his career -- with 28 seconds left. It was the fifth hat trick in Blue Jackets history.
Geoff Sanderson and Hannes Hyvonen each added a goal and an assist for Columbus. Adam Deadmarsh scored for the Kings with just more than 11 minutes to play.
Blue Jackets goaltender Marc Denis had 24 saves, handing the Kings their first road loss of the season.
Columbus took a 2-0 lead for the fourth consecutive game, but did not squander it this time. The Blue Jackets beat Florida, 4-1, on Oct. 23, but tied Tampa Bay on Wednesday and lost, 5-4, to San Jose on Friday.
Wright's second goal was the first short-handed score for Columbus this season. It came with 4 minutes 46 seconds remaining on a slap shot from the right side that made it 4-1.
Hyvonen scored his second career goal in as many games when he put back a rebound off a shot from Andrew Cassels just more than a minute later.
A poor clearance by Kings defenseman Brad Norton late in the second period led to the second goal for Columbus. Wright took the puck on the blue line, skated in alone and beat Jamie Storr to the glove side with a high wrist shot from the slot at 16:34.
* BLACKHAWKS 3, SHARKS 2: In Chicago, Sergei Berezin scored twice on first-period power plays and Jocelyn Thibault stopped 34 shots.
San Jose goaltender Evgeni Nabokov made 18 saves in his first game since he ended a holdout last Tuesday by signing a two-year contract.
* AVALANCHE 3, WILD 3: Colorado's Eric Messier had the first two-goal game of his career, lifting the host Avalanche to the tie.