Los Angeles 4, Nashville 2

Saturday, March 17, 2012 10:30 PM

Final Scoring Summary

Team Records

Team W/L Home Away Streak
Nashville 41-22-3-5 23-8-2-3 18-14-1-2 L2
Los Angeles 35-25-5-7 19-13-0-4 16-12-5-3 W4


KINGS 4, PREDATORS 2: Dustin Penner scored to snap a tie just over eight minutes into the third period and Jonathan Bernier turned aside 19 shots as Los Angeles won its fourth straight and seventh in nine outings.

Anze Kopitar netted his sixth goal in nine contests and Dwight King and Kyle Clifford also tallied for the Kings, who moved past idle Phoenix into an eighth-place tie with San Jose in the Western Conference standings.

Martin Erat scored for the fourth time in six contests and Mike Fisher also tallied for the Predators, who fell to 1-1-1 on their four-game road trip and dropped two points behind fourth-place Detroit.

With the game tied at 1-1, Trevor Lewis fed Penner on a 2-on-1 rush and the latter beat Pekka Rinne for his sixth goal.

King scored on a breakaway nearly five minutes later and Clifford added insurance with his fifth.

Kopitar opened the scoring 7:53 into the first period. Kopitar collected a loose puck and blasted a shot from the right faceoff circle past Rinne for his 23rd goal.

Erat leveled the contest with 6:17 remaining in the second period after his blast from the right faceoff circle beat a screened Bernier. The tally was Erat's 18th.

GAME NOTEBOOK: Bernier improved to 6-1-0 versus the Predators in his career. ... Los Angeles captain Dustin Brown saw his career-high 10-game point streak come to an end. ... Nashville defenseman Kevin Klein returned to the ice after an eight-game absence with an upper body injury. He assisted on Fisher's third-period goal.

Top Game Performances

Nashville   Los Angeles
Martin Erat 2 Points Dustin Penner 2
Martin Erat 1 Goals Dustin Penner 1
Martin Erat 1 Assists Trevor Lewis 2
Martin Erat 1 Power Play Goals N/A
N/A Short Handed Goals N/A
Pekka Rinne .852 Save Percentage Jonathan Bernier .905
Pekka Rinne 23 Saves Jonathan Bernier 19

Team Stats Summary

Team Shots Goals Power Play Penalty Kill Penalty Mins Face Offs Won
Nashville 21 2 1-3 3-3 6 27
Los Angeles 27 4 0-3 2-3 6 34

Upcoming Games

  • Los Angeles will play its next game at home against San Jose. The Kings have a W/L % of .412 after a win and .553 after a loss.
  • Nashville will play its next game on the road against Anaheim. The Predators have a W/L % of .548 after a win and .621 after a loss.
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