Los Angeles 5, Nashville 1

Monday, March 4, 2013 10:30 PM

Final Scoring Summary

Team Records

Team W/L Home Away Streak
Nashville 9-9-1-4 5-2-0-3 4-7-1-1 L3
Los Angeles 11-7-1-1 6-1-0-1 5-6-1-0 W1


Kings 5, Predators 1: Jeff Carter recorded his fifth career hat trick as Los Angeles began a five-game homestand with its sixth win in seven overall games.

Mike Richards and Dwight King also scored, defenseman Slava Voynov collected three assists and Jonathan Bernier made 18 saves for the Kings, who netted one goal in two losses to Nashville earlier this season.

Los Angeles registered only three shots in a scoreless first period but took the lead on their first shot of the middle session as Carter put a backhander past Pekka Rinne during a power play at 5:28. He doubled the advantage 4:39 into the third by tucking the puck around Rinne and completed his natural hat trick 19 seconds later on a breakaway, giving him 10 goals in as many games.

Richards cashed in on a power-play opportunity at 7:40 and King converted a pass from Jarret Stoll just over three minutes later to chase Rinne, who stopped eight shots.

Gabriel Bourque scored the lone goal for the Predators, who lost for the fifth time in six games and have netted a total of three tallies in the defeats. Nashville fell to 0-5-1 in its last six road contests.

GAME NOTEBOOK: Kings D Alec Martinez returned to the lineup after missing eight games with an upper-body injury. ... Los Angeles has allowed three goals or less in 12 of its last 13 contests. ... Carter recorded his fifth game-winning goal of the season, tying him with Pittsburgh's James Neal for the league lead. ... Bourque has scored the only goal in each of Nashville's last two games.


Top Game Performances

Nashville   Los Angeles
Gabriel Bourque 1 Points Jeff Carter 3
Gabriel Bourque 1 Goals Jeff Carter 3
Martin Erat 1 Assists Slava Voynov 3
N/A Power Play Goals Jeff Carter 1
N/A Short Handed Goals N/A
Chris Mason 1.000 Save Percentage Jonathan Bernier .947
Pekka Rinne 8 Saves Jonathan Bernier 18

Team Stats Summary

Team Shots Goals Power Play Penalty Kill Penalty Mins Face Offs Won
Nashville 19 1 0-3 2-4 8 24
Los Angeles 16 5 2-4 3-3 6 24

Upcoming Games

  • Los Angeles will play its next game at home against St. Louis. The Kings have a W/L % of .600 after a win and .556 after a loss.
  • Nashville will play its next game at home against Edmonton. The Predators have a W/L % of .444 after a win and .385 after a loss.
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