Sanford finished with 31 saves, including all 14 he saw in the final period when the Kings were given a pair of power plays.
Sanford made some key stops during a 4-minute Kings man-advantage early in the final frame and held off another Los Angeles power play over the game's last 1:25.
Grant Clitsome notched the only goal of a contest for Columbus midway through the second period.
Jonathan Quick made 17 saves for the Kings, who went 0-for-8 on the power play.
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