|LAK||1||2||1||(0 - 0)||4|
|NSH||0||1||0||(0 - 0)||1|
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- After giving up leads in their last two games on the road trip, the Los Angeles Kings weren't going to let it happen again.
Ziggy Palffy scored two goals and added an assist in the Kings' 4-1 victory over the Nashville Predators on Thursday night.
Luc Robitaille and Jason Holland also scored for the Kings, who are 3-0-0-2 in their last five games.
"We regrouped and played well," Palffy said. "One of the keys for us is that we have to play consistent. One of things we have to remember is that if you are working hard on the ice, you are going to get chances."
The Kings continued their domination of the Predators in Nashville, improving to 8-0-2 in their last 10 meetings there.
"They are no different than any other team we've played," Predators captain Greg Johnson said. "I don't know if it is a mental block or what, but we just haven't got it done against them."
Kings goalie Roman Cechmanek left at 11:33 of the first period after bruising his hip when he collided with the Predators' David Legwand and didn't return. Cechmanek, who stopped all seven shots he faced, had skated out to the left circle to stop a play when Legwand collided with him.
"I was just out there trying to stop the puck," Cechmanek said. "Everything just happened so fast. After the first couple of seconds while I was on my back on the ice, I was scared. But eventually I started feeling better."
Cristobal Huet replaced Cechmanek and stopped 29 of 30 shots.
"Huet has played pretty well," Nashville coach Barry Trotz said. "He came in and it was a tough situation for him. I believe he responded pretty well. We put some pretty good rubber on him."
Nashville prevented being shutout for the second time this season by the Kings when Martin Erat fired a wrist shot from the top of the right circle that went over Huet's right shoulder.
The Kings struck first when Palffy skated to his left around a crowd in front of the crease and put the puck in an open net at 8:57 of the first period.
Robitaille scored the second goal for the Kings at 12:04 of the second period when Mark Cammalleri shot the puck high in the air. No one could find it for a few moments, but Robitaille skated in and put the puck in.
The Kings made it a 3-0 game at 13:39 of the second period when Holland scored his first goal of the season with a wrister from the top of the slot that went just inside the left post.
Palffy scored an empty net goal with 5 seconds left to make it 4-1.
"One of the weaknesses of this team in the past is that we get in a slump and stay in one," Johnson said. "We have to snap right out of this and get some momentum going at home."
|PPG - Ziggy Palffy Wrist shot - ASST: Lubomir Visnovsky , Jaroslav Modry|
1 - 0 LAK
|Luc Robitaille Backhand shot - ASST: Michael Cammalleri , Martin Straka|
2 - 0 LAK
|Jason Holland Snap shot - ASST: Ziggy Palffy , Jon Sim|
3 - 0 LAK
|PPG - Martin Erat Wrist shot - ASST: Kimmo Timonen , Denis Arkhipov|
3 - 1 LAK
|EN - Ziggy Palffy Wrist shot - ASST: Joe Corvo|
4 - 1 LAK
|Denis Arkhipov Tripping against Trent Klatt|
|Scott Hartnell Roughing|
|Jon Sim Holding the stick|
|Maxim Kuznetsov Hooking|
|Eric Belanger Holding|
|David Legwand Hi-sticking|
|Jason York Tripping|
|Mattias Norstrom Interference|
|Kimmo Timonen Hi-sticking|
|Jozef Stumpel Roughing|
|Jon Sim Unsportsmanlike conduct|
|Scott Walker Roughing|
|David Legwand Roughing|
|Marek Zidlicky Unsportsmanlike conduct|
|Jaroslav Modry Holding against Jordin Tootoo|
|Maxim Kuznetsov Interference|