Los Angeles 5, Nashville 4

Tuesday, March 6, 2012 8:00 PM

Final Scoring Summary

Team Records

Team W/L Home Away Streak
Los Angeles 31-23-5-7 17-13-0-4 14-10-5-3 W3
Nashville 38-21-3-4 21-8-2-3 17-13-1-1 L1


KINGS 5, PREDATORS 4: Justin Williams scored twice as visiting Los Angeles moved into a tie for eighth place in the Western Conference.

The Kings, who rank 29th in scoring, netted more than four goals for the first time since Jan. 9. Los Angeles is tied for the final playoff spot with San Jose and Colorado.

Williams opened the scoring at 6:16 of the first period, banking a centering attempt off Nashville goalie Pekka Rinne. He netted his second goal only 12 seconds after Predators winger Patric Hornqvist tied the score at 1-1, banging home a bouncing puck with 1:07 left in the opening frame.

Nashville lost at home for only the third time in its last 13 games and lost for the sixth time in its last eight meetings with the Kings.

The teams would trade goals over a five-minute span in the second period, with Nashville’s Martin Erat tying the score at 2-2 before Kings defenseman Drew Doughty and Predators winger Sergei Kostitsyn traded unassisted goals less than two minutes apart.

Matt Green and Trevor Lewis struck for Los Angeles in the first three minutes of the third period, chasing Rinne.

Hornqvist pulled the Predators to within one with his second goal at 5:18 of the third period when the puck inadvertently went off his skate and past Jonathan Quick on a breakaway.

Quick made 22 saves and picked up his first win over the Predators in six career starts.

Rinne failed to set the franchise record with his 37th win. … The Kings were 3 for 3 on the penalty kill and have extinguished 18 consecutive power plays. … Los Angeles has scored more than four goals only five times this season.

Top Game Performances

Los Angeles   Nashville
Justin Williams 2 Points Patric Hornqvist 2
Justin Williams 2 Goals Patric Hornqvist 2
Willie Mitchell 2 Assists Andrei Kostitsyn 2
N/A Power Play Goals N/A
N/A Short Handed Goals N/A
Jonathan Quick .846 Save Percentage Anders Lindback 1.000
Jonathan Quick 22 Saves Pekka Rinne 19

Team Stats Summary

Team Shots Goals Power Play Penalty Kill Penalty Mins Face Offs Won
Los Angeles 28 5 0-1 3-3 8 30
Nashville 26 4 0-3 1-1 14 27

Upcoming Games

  • Nashville will play its next game at home against Colorado. The Predators have a W/L % of .538 after a win and .630 after a loss.
  • Los Angeles will play its next game on the road against Columbus. The Kings have a W/L % of .367 after a win and .556 after a loss.
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