Columbus, OH (Sports Network) - Anze Kopitar registered his second career hat trick as the Los Angeles Kings held off the tumbling Columbus Blue Jackets, 4-2, at Nationwide Arena. Justin Williams scored a goal and had two assists, while Drew Doughty chipped in two helpers for the Kings, who won their second straight game and improved to 6-2-1 over the last nine games. Jonathan Bernier turned aside 32-of-34 shots for the victors. Scottie Upshall and Derick Brassard tallied for the Blue Jackets, who continue to tumble out of playoff contention with a seven-game losing streak. Steve Mason surrendered four goals on 22 shots. Its been seven games that we have come up short with four or five games (losing) by one goal, Brassard said. We did a good push at the end, we took a lot of penalties in the second and it broke the flow of the game and its pretty hard to kill penalties in the game and we show up with emotion in the third and we came up short again. Kopitar scored two first period goals to give the Kings a 2-1 lead. His first came at the 8:08 mark when Jack Johnsons wrister from the bottom of the right circle was initially blocked by Mason, but he picked up the rebound and fed Kopitars far side tap in. Columbus knotted it at one with 8:12 left in the first on Upshalls snap shot from the right circle. LA, though, regained the lead 3 1/2 minutes later on Kopitars deflection of Doughtys shot from the right point. Kopitars hooking penalty at the midway point of the second actually set up his third goal of the game. Coming out of the penalty box, the 23-year-old collected a Dustin Brown breakout pass at center ice. He then deked around Mason and stuffed the forehand shot to go in front, 3-1. (Anze Kopitar) had a very strong game to follow up a real good game at Detroit, LA head coach Terry Murray said. I really like his strength with the puck, carrying the puck behind the net on the goal, under pressure gets it back on top and drives to the net looking for good things to happen. The Jackets cut their deficit to one, 3-2, when Brassard chipped in a backside rebound with 8:30 left to play. However, the Kings iced the game with 1:34 remaining after Williams finished a 2-on-1 rush. GAME NOTES:The Kings won the season series, 3-1...Columbus fell to 16-14-3 as the host this season...LA finished 1-for-5 on the power play, while the Blue Jackets were blanked in three chances. Youth Fran Tarkenton Jersey
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. -- The Portland Timbers have re-signed Danny Mwanga, a homegrown favourite who starred at Portlands Jefferson High and Oregon State.NELSPRUIT, South Africa -- Burkina Faso earned its first victory at the African Cup of Nations in 15 years on Friday, and could be on the verge of eliminating one of its more illustrious group opponents. Burkina Faso beat Ethiopia 4-0 to go top of Group C with four points -- two more than defending champion Zambia and continental power Nigeria. Zambia and Nigeria drew 1-1 in the days earlier game at Mbombela Stadium, leaving both teams needing a win in their final group matches to avoid an embarrassing first-round exit. Burkina Faso had one the most convincing victory of the African Cup of Nations so far, despite having goalkeeper Abdoulaye Soulama sent off for handling the ball outside his penalty area. Having gone ahead 1-0 in the first half, Burkina Faso added three goals in the last 16 minutes to put the game away. "When we scored the first goal you saw Burkina Faso was released to play the game," Burkina Faso coach Paul Put said. "And I think when we were down to 10 men we kept very disciplined and we scored another three goals so Im very happy." Alain Traore netted two of the goals and now tops the tournament scoring charts with three in two games. The other match of the day was decided by two penalties, with Zambia goalkeeper Kennedy Mweene the winner in both instances. Mweene first saw Nigerias John Obi Mikel send a spot kick onto the outside of the post in the first half after diving the right way, and then scored one himself at the other end to equalize the game in the 85th minute. Nigeria striker Emmanuel Emenikes smooth finish in the 57th minute had left Zambias hopes of retaining its title hanging by a thread. But they were handed a lifeline when Egyptian referee Ghead Grisha awarded a penalty for a foul by Ogenyi Onazi -- a decision which drew heavy criticism from the Nigerian camp. "It was a bizarre call for a penalty. It really was one of the worst calls Ive seen in the history of football," Nigeria captain and goalkeeperr Vincent Enyeama said.dddddddddddd "You dont see such calls for a game of such magnitude as Nigeria versus Zambia. I dont know whats really happening about the officiating. Im really mad." Mweenes penalty-saving prowess was one of the keys during Zambias winning campaign in Gabon and Equatorial Guinea last year, and he showed his ability at the other end when he slotted the spot kick into the top right-hand corner. On Saturday, Ivory Coast will play Tunisia in Group D with coach Sabri Lamouchi hoping the tournament favourite can improve on its underwhelming 2-1 win over Togo. "This is not a life-or-death game," Lamouchi said Friday through a translator. "Tomorrow, what is more important to me is the performance of the Elephants. Of course, taking the maximum points is also important, but we need to play better. We have to try to avoid making the same mistakes as we did the last time." The other Group D match in Rustenburg is between first-round losers Togo and Algeria. Togo coach Didier Six missed the official pre-match press conference on Friday, sending an assistant in his place. Six had walked out of the post-match news conference on Tuesday after saying just a few words, apparently upset with the referees decision to disallow a Togo goal in the second half. The team did not explain why Six was not at Fridays conference, though he has reportedly been at loggerheads with the federation over interference in selection matters. In Durban, South Africas injury list was growing along with the expectations from home fans that Bafana Bafana would make the quarterfinals after a sluggish start. Tokelo Rantie joined fellow striker Lehlohonolo Majoro on the sidelines with a twisted ankle from the 2-0 win over Angola. Majoro was already out of South Africas final Group A game against Morocco on Sunday with a gash on his shin, while Rantie was now a serious doubt, leaving just Katlego Mphela and Bernard Parker as striker options. ' ' '