Dustin Brown scored on a redirect midway through the third period, and Jonathan Quick had 24 saves to lead the Los Angeles Kings to a 2-1 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets on Thursday night in Ohio, ending a five-game skid and giving interim coach John Stevens his first victory with L.A.
Brown added an assist and Davis Drewiske also scored for the Kings, who fired Terry Murray on Monday. There is speculation that general manager Dean Lombardi is close to hiring former San Jose coach and Calgary GM Darryl Sutter as the permanent coach. After a 5-1-1 start, the Kings have gone 9-12-3.
Former Flyer Jeff Carter scored for Columbus.
Brian Elliott made 25 saves, and Alex Steen had a goal and an assist in the St. Louis Blues' 4-1 victory over the visiting New York Rangers
Elliott, who has won nine of his last 10 games, lowered his NHL-leading goals-against average to 1.43 and increased his league-best save percentage to .950.
The Blues (7-0-1) have 15 of a possible 16 points against Eastern Conference foes. St. Louis also has beaten up the Rangers over the last 10 years, going 9-1-3 since 2000-01.
Elsewhere: Jamie Benn scored the go-ahead goal 4 minutes, 33 seconds into the third period and also had an assist in the Dallas Stars' 3-2 victory over the New York Islanders in Uniondale, N.Y. . . . Shea Weber scored two goals late to give the Nashville Predators a 4-3 win over the visiting Detroit Red Wings. . . . Drayson Bowman scored two goals and the host Carolina Hurricanes rallied to beat the Vancouver Canucks, 4-3, in Raleigh to give Kirk Muller his first coaching win on home ice and snap a slide in which they lost 16 of 20. Vancouver winger Daniel Sedin was scratched because of a stiff back.
Boston Bruins defenseman Adam McQuaid was fined $2,500 by the NHL for kneeing Ottawa's Nick Foligno in the Bruins' victory over the Senators on Wednesday night.