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Predators 4, Kings 3

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 1:49 AM

Associated Press

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Predators 4, Kings 3
Los Angeles Kings 3, Nashville Predators 4

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - The Nashville Predators did just enough to beat the Los Angeles Kings.

The Predators, playing their second game in as many nights, scored four goals in the first two periods and survived a three-goal rally by the Los Angeles Kings in a 4-3 victory Thursday night.

The victory was the second in a row for the Predators who started a five-game homestand.

"The first two periods were really solid," Nashville coach Barry Trotz said. "Our checking line checked. Our scoring lines scored. We got the big saves when we needed them. We used our team speed early with a lot of scoring chances in the first two periods, but we probably gave up 18 scoring chances to Los Angeles in the third."

Scottie Upshall gave Nashville a 1-0 lead 5:55 into the game with his first score of the season, on a slap shot from a few feet inside the blue line that beat Los Angeles goaltender Jason Labarbera, who was making his first appearance since Nov. 9.

Paul Kariya made it 2-0 about 3 1/2 minutes later with a breakaway down the middle of the slot that ended with a wrist shot low to Labarbera's stick side.

Steve Sullivan scored from the inside edge of the right circle that went behind Labarbera at 5:45 of the second. Playing with a two-man advantage, Adam Hall put the Predators up 4-0 with a shot from in front at 10:17.

Kariya missed a scoring chance in the second when he failed to score on a penalty shot at 16:16.

"With guys going down we have talked about everybody having to chip in," Trotz said. "We had a little bit of scoring all over."

The Predators also stopped the Los Angeles power play, keeping the Kings scoreless on five attempts.

"The penalty-killing was really good," Trotz said. "It almost got away from us, but the guys hung in there."

The Kings got on the board at 1:11 of the third period when Derek Armstrong skated in from the left side and fired a wrist shot past Tomas Vokoun to his glove side.

Nashville's Darcy Hordichuk got a game misconduct, a 10-minute misconduct, a five-minute penalty for fighting and a two-minute penalty for instigation at 4:26 of the third period. Los Angeles coach Andy Murray thought that gave the Kings a boost.

"It certainly allowed us to carry the momentum in the third period," Murray said. "I thought it was not a very good play on his part."

Armstrong scored again at 17:27 with a wrist shot from low inside the left circle, and Joe Corvo closed out the scoring for Los Angeles with 51 seconds left.

"There is not a lot of satisfaction in the way we came back," Murray said. "We wanted those two points desperately. Nashville has great players and good team speed. We made a couple of mistakes early and they captialized on them."

Notes: Zidlicky has six points in his last three games. Nashvilles Danny Markov left the game with a groin injury in the third period. Hall has a career-high four-game streak with at least one point. The Kings Eric Belanger ended a six-game point-scoring streak.

scoring summary
1st Period
05:55
NSH
Scottie Upshall (1) ASST: NONE
1 - 0 NSH
09:28
NSH
Paul Kariya (8) ASST: Marek Zidlicky (7), Tomas Vokoun (1)
2 - 0 NSH
2nd Period
05:45
NSH
Steve Sullivan (9) ASST: Marek Zidlicky (8), Yanic Perreault (6)
3 - 0 NSH
10:17
NSH
PPG - Adam Hall (3) ASST: Steve Sullivan (10), Marek Zidlicky (9)
4 - 0 NSH
3rd Period
01:11
LAK
Derek Armstrong (3) ASST: Jeremy Roenick (5), Tim Gleason (12)
4 - 1 NSH
17:27
LAK
Derek Armstrong (4) ASST: Sean Avery (7), Craig Conroy (15)
4 - 2 NSH
19:09
LAK
Joe Corvo (4) ASST: Lubomir Visnovsky (17), Alex Frolov (17)
4 - 3 NSH
penalty summary
1st Period
06:51
NSH
Jerred Smithson  Hooking
19:39
LAK
Luc Robitaille  Hooking against  Martin Erat
2nd Period
08:23
LAK
Eric Belanger  Slashing
08:23
LAK
Sean Avery  Cross checking
08:23
NSH
Jeremy Stevenson  Tripping
08:59
LAK
Pavol Demitra  Boarding against  Ryan Suter
12:04
NSH
Mark Eaton  Hooking against  Dustin Brown
14:15
NSH
Jerred Smithson  Tripping
3rd Period
04:26
NSH
Darcy Hordichuk  Game misconduct
04:26
NSH
Darcy Hordichuk  Misconduct (10 min)
04:26
NSH
Darcy Hordichuk  Fighting (maj)
04:26
NSH
Darcy Hordichuk  Instigator
04:26
LAK
Tim Gleason  Misconduct (10 min)
04:26
LAK
Tim Gleason  Roughing
11:00
LAK
Dustin Brown  Interference on goalkeeper against  Tomas Vokoun
14:45
NSH
Jeremy Stevenson  Hi-sticking against  Sean Avery
18:11
LAK
Luc Robitaille  Roughing against  Tomas Vokoun
18:11
NSH
Tomas Vokoun  Roughing against  Luc Robitaille
goalie stats
Jason LaBarbera
SA: 33TOI: 56:17
Saves: 29EV: 25 - 28
PIM: 0PP: 3 - 4
SV%: .879SH: 1 - 1
Tomas Vokoun
Tomas Vokoun
SA: 38TOI: 60:00
Saves: 35EV: 24 - 27
PIM: 2PP: 7 - 7
SV%: .921SH: 4 - 4