Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Preds lose a wild one in L.A.

The Los Angeles Kings defeated the Nashville Predators by a 4-3 score on Tuesday night at the Staples Center. Anders Lindback made his first start of the season, and Patric Hornqvist scored a goal for the sixth consecutive game, which tied the franchise record.

Los Angeles started the scoring when Alec Martinez scored on the power play. Nashville had just killed off the 5-on-3 portion of the power play, but Martinez one-timed it from the right circle and beat Lindback.

Drew Doughty made it 2-0 Kings when he unleashed a missile from the point. It was a goal that Lindback might like to have back, but it was still a great shot from Doughty.

Matt Halischuk got the Predators on the board with a wrist shot from the slot at 10:41 of the first period. He worked extremely hard on the shift to get himself in position to score.

Craig Smith made a great individual effort to tie the game at two at 16:02 of the first period on the power play. He knocked down a clearing attempt and fired a blazing wrist shot that beat Jonathan Bernier.

The Kings would retake the lead in the second period when Mike Richards converted on a one-timer on a great pass from Dustin Brown. Lindback was able to get in front of the shot, but it bounced off of him into the back of the net.

Simon Gagne put the Kings up 4-2 when he redirected a Dustin Penner shot. There wasn't much that Lindback could do on that play. Gagne had a clear path to the net and was able to screen Lindback without interference.

Hornqvist scored while Nashville had their net pulled to make things interesting toward the end, but the Kings were able to hold on for the victory. Nashville is now 2-1-1 on the road trip so far, and will take on the Anaheim Ducks Wednesday night at the Honda Center.

David Legwand was hit very hard by Dustin Brown in the first period, and did not return for the rest of the game. His status is unknown going forward. Shots for this game were even at 30 apiece.

Hockey Night in Nashville's 3 Stars of the game:
1. Dustin Penner(LAK)
2. Simon Gagne(LAK)
3. Patric Hornqvist(NSH)

3 Stars by Los Angeles Media:
1. Jarret Stoll(LAK)
2. Drew Doughty(LAK)
3. Ryan Suter(NSH)

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