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LOS ANGELES (AP) -Jason LaBarbera credited his Los Angeles Kings teammates for his second career shutout.
"We didn't lose a single puck battle and we didn't turn pucks over. We just did a great job of supporting each other," LaBarbera said after the Kings beat Nashville 6-0 Tuesday night to hand the Predators their sixth straight loss.
"I think earlier in the year, we were turning pucks over in bad spots and losing battles along the walls."
With his teammates playing solid defense in front of him, LaBarbera stopped 17 shots.
Michael Cammalleri scored twice for an NHL-leading 10 goals, and Ladislav Nagy had his first for Los Angeles and assisted on two scores.
The Predators were shut out for the second game in a row. They have been outscored 29-9 during the losing streak, their longest in regulation since they dropped six straight March 10-21, 2002. They have scored only one goal in three games.
"I'm at a loss for words," Nashville forward Jason Arnott said. "We have a lot of soul searching to do.
"Until we come together as a team, we're not going to go anywhere. Tonight we were a totally different team, totally unacceptable. It wasn't the coach's fault, it's us 20 guys in this locker room."
Cammalleri capped the scoring on a power play with 1:20 remaining. Nagy, signed as a free agent over the summer, had made it 5-0 at 9:23 of the third.
Cammalleri opened the scoring 6:09 into the game. Lubomir Visnovsky made it 2-0 later in the period.
Raitis Ivanans and Alexander Frolov each scored in the second period to give Los Angeles a 4-0 lead, prompting Nashville coach Barry Trotz to replace goalie Chris Mason with Dan Ellis midway through the period.
Los Angeles coach Marc Crawford obviously was pleased to see LaBarbera get the shutout.
"Tonight gives Jason a great deal of confidence," Crawford said. "We definitely need our guys to have confidence in their goaltender. He played a strong game and moved the puck well behind the net."
Mason faced 19 shots, and the Kings had 17 against Ellis.
Nashville, which tied for the Western Conference lead with 51 victories last season, won its first two games this season before beginning the skid.
"I didn't expect this," Trotz said of the lopsided loss. "We're doing a lot of talking. We need to quit the talking and just do it.
"The first period set the tone of the game and after that, we just kept burying ourselves."
The Kings won for the third time in four games after slogging through their own five-game losing streak.
Notes: LaBarbera's other shutout was against San Jose on April 17, 2006. ... Nashville took three of four games against the Kings last season, including winning both contests in Los Angeles. ... Cammalleri has eight goals and three assists in 14 career games against the Predators, including five goals and an assist in his last three games against them. ... Mason lost to the Kings for the first time in five career games, four starts. He previously had two shutouts and a 3-0-1 record against Los Angeles.
KINGS HEAD COACH MARC CRAWFORD:
(Re: Jason Labarbera) “Tonight gives Jason [Labarbera] a great deal of confidence. He has played three very good games in a row for us. We definitely needed our guys to have confidence in their goaltender. He played a strong game and moved the puck well behind the net.”
KINGS GOALTENDER JASON LABARBERA:
(Re: game recap) “Tonight we didn’t lose a single puck battle and we didn’t turn pucks over. I think earlier in the year we were turning pucks over in bad spots and losing battles along the walls when we shouldn’t have been. We just did a great job of supporting each other.”
PREDATORS HEAD COACH BARRY TROTZ :
(Re: game recap) “I didn’t expect this, that’s for sure. We’re doing a lot of talking, we need to quit the talking and just do it. We changed our game tonight, the first period set the tone of the game and after that we just kept burying ourselves.”
PREDATORS CENTER JASON ARNOTT:
(Re: game recap) “I’m at a lost for words. We played well the last two games but we didn’t show up tonight. We have a lot of soul searching to do. Until we come together as a team we’re not going to get anywhere. Tonight we were a totally different team, totally unacceptable. It wasn’t the coaches fault, it’s us 20 guys in this locker room.”
Post Game Quotes Compiled By: Andre Delsol and Jenny Sarr
|Mike Cammalleri (9) ASST: Rob Blake (2)|
1 - 0 LAK
|Lubomir Visnovsky (1) ASST: Ladislav Nagy (5), Rob Blake (3)|
2 - 0 LAK
|Raitis Ivanans (1) ASST: Derek Armstrong (4), Tom Preissing (2)|
3 - 0 LAK
|PPG - Alex Frolov (2) ASST: Ladislav Nagy (6), Brad Stuart (2)|
4 - 0 LAK
|Ladislav Nagy (1) ASST: Patrick O'Sullivan (3), Alex Frolov (7)|
5 - 0 LAK
|PPG - Mike Cammalleri (10) ASST: Jaroslav Modry (1), Lubomir Visnovsky (7)|
6 - 0 LAK
|David Legwand Holding against Brian Willsie|
|Jaroslav Modry Delaying Game - Puck over glass|
|Jerred Smithson Holding against Jaroslav Modry|
|John Zeiler Fighting against Vernon Fiddler|
|Vernon Fiddler Fighting against John Zeiler|
|Vernon Fiddler Interference against John Zeiler|
|Derek Armstrong Holding against Jerred Smithson|
|Jerred Smithson Slashing against Derek Armstrong|
|J-P Dumont Tripping against Lubomir Visnovsky|
|SA: 19||TOI: 30:01|
|Saves: 15||EV: 15 - 18|
|PIM: 0||PP: 0 - 1|
|SV%: .789||SH: 0 - 0|
|SA: 17||TOI: 29:59|
|Saves: 15||EV: 11 - 12|
|PIM: 0||PP: 4 - 5|
|SV%: .882||SH: 0 - 0|
|SA: 17||TOI: 59:55|
|Saves: 17||EV: 17 - 17|
|PIM: 0||PP: 0 - 0|
|SV%: 1.000||SH: 0 - 0|