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Nashville at Los Angeles

Cammalleri stays on scoring tear, LaBarbera earns shutout for Kings

CBSSports.com wire reports
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LOS ANGELES -- 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 on Tuesday night to hand the Predators their sixth consecutive 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 -- he now leads the NHL with 10 goals -- and Ladislav Nagy had his first for Los Angeles and assisted on two scores.

The Predators were shut out for the second successive game. 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 past 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.
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Michael Cammalleri, who scores two goals, hugs Jason LaBarbera after the shutout win. (AP)
Michael Cammalleri, who scores two goals, hugs Jason LaBarbera after the shutout win. (AP)

Scoreboard
Nashville (2-6-0)0000
Los Angeles  (4-6-0) «2226
Three Stars
J. LaBarbera
LA


Saves: 17
Save Pct.: 1.000
L. Nagy
LA


Goals: 1
Assist(s): 2
R. Blake
LA


Goals: 0
Assist(s): 2
Scoring Summary
1ST PERIOD
06:09Michael Cammalleri (9), Wrist Shot. Assist: Rob Blake
15:40Lubomir Visnovsky (1), Slap Shot. Assist: Ladislav Nagy, Rob Blake
2ND PERIOD
07:02Raitis Ivanans (1), Tip-In. Assist: Derek Armstrong, Tom Preissing
10:01Power Play - Alexander Frolov (2), Wrist Shot. Assist: Ladislav Nagy, Brad Stuart
3RD PERIOD
09:23Ladislav Nagy (1), Tip-In. Assist: Patrick O'Sullivan, Alexander Frolov
18:40Power Play - Michael Cammalleri (10), Tip-In. Assist: Jaroslav Modry, Lubomir Visnovsky
Penalty Summary
1ST PERIOD
None
2ND PERIOD
09:38Legwand, 2 min, Holding
12:35Modry, 2 min, Delaying Game
3RD PERIOD
03:05Smithson, 2 min, Holding
09:46Zanon, 5 min, Fighting
09:46Zeiler, 5 min, Fighting
09:46Fiddler, 2 min, Interference
16:06Armstrong, 2 min, Holding
16:06Smithson, 2 min, Slashing
17:17Dumont, 2 min, Tripping
SHOTS ON GOAL
 123T
Nashville48517
Los Angeles1471536
Goalies
GoalieMINSSGA
Dan Ellis29:59152
Chris Mason30:01154
Jason LaBarbera59:55170
Game Information
Attendance - 14026
Referees - Marc Joannette, Mike Leggo
Linesmen - Jonny Murray, Pierre Racicot
 
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