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Kings win consecutive games for first time in seven weeks


It’s been a while since the L.A. Kings stringed together consecutive wins.

In fact, the last time the Kings won two games in a row? Before the NHL shut down for the holiday break, back on Dec. 18 and 20 — against the St. Louis Blues and Arizona Coyotes.

Then, on Monday, the Kings, without Alec Martinez due to a concussion, held on to defeat the Columbus Blue Jackets by a final score of 4-3. Dustin Brown scored the winner less than two minutes into the third period, for just his ninth goal of the season.

Jonathan Quick made 23 saves for the win.

And there you go. The Kings, defending Stanley Cup champions but currently out of a playoff position in the Western Conference, with only three victories in their last 10 games and salary cap issues, winners of two in a row for the first time in seven weeks.

Since the spring of 2012, the Kings have proved any and all doubters wrong. That year, they just barely squeaked into the playoffs, but promptly eliminated the Vancouver Canucks in the opening round and went on to dominate the post-season for the Stanley Cup.

They’ve since gone to the Western Conference finals in 2013, and won their second Stanley Cup in three years last June.

But their struggles so far during the 2014-15 campaign has suddenly created doubt around the Kings.

Their win Monday pushed them three points back of the Calgary Flames for the final Wild Card spot in the West, with the Flames still to play later in the same evening.

Kings’ Martinez (concussion) listed as day-to-day

Alec Martinez

L.A. Kings defenseman Alec Martinez is suffering from concussion symptoms following a hit from Lightning forward Cedric Paquette Saturday night.

The hit occurred in the first period of the Kings’ 4-2 win in Tampa Bay.

Paquette hit Martinez shoulder-to-shoulder, but Martinez hit his head on the glass.

Martinez missed time earlier in the season due to a finger injury.

The 27-year-old has five goals and 17 points in 45 games this season while averaging 20:26 in time on ice.

L.A. is back in action Monday night when they visit the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Video: Kings’ Martinez injured by Lightning’s Paquette

Alec Martinez

The Los Angeles Kings won on Saturday, but it wasn’t all good news against the Tampa Bay Lightning, as they lost Alec Martinez to an upper-body injury.

The full extent of the issue is still fuzzy at this time, as LA Kings Insider’s Jon Rosen notes.

Here’s video of the check, which did not draw a penalty for Tampa Bay’s Cedric Paquette: