Los Angeles at Nashville

Predators build early lead on Kings, hang on for win


NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The Nashville Predators did just enough to beat the Los Angeles Kings.

The Predators, playing their second game in as many nights, scored four goals in the first two periods and survived a three-goal rally by the Los Angeles Kings in a 4-3 victory Thursday night.

The victory was the second in a row for the Predators who started a five-game homestand.

"The first two periods were really solid," Nashville coach Barry Trotz said. "Our checking line checked. Our scoring lines scored. We got the big saves when we needed them. We used our team speed early with a lot of scoring chances in the first two periods, but we probably gave up 18 scoring chances to Los Angeles in the third."

Scottie Upshall gave Nashville a 1-0 lead 5:55 into the game with his first score of the season, on a slap shot from a few feet inside the blue line that beat Los Angeles goaltender Jason Labarbera, who was making his first appearance since Nov. 9.

Paul Kariya made it 2-0 about 3½ minutes later with a breakaway down the middle of the slot that ended with a wrist shot low to Labarbera's stick side.

Steve Sullivan scored from the inside edge of the right circle that went behind Labarbera at 5:45 of the second. Playing with a two-man advantage, Adam Hall put the Predators up 4-0 with a shot from in front at 10:17.

Kariya missed a scoring chance in the second when he failed to score on a penalty shot at 16:16.

"With guys going down we have talked about everybody having to chip in," Trotz said. "We had a little bit of scoring all over."

The Predators also stopped the Los Angeles power play, keeping the Kings scoreless on five attempts.

"The penalty-killing was really good," Trotz said. "It almost got away from us, but the guys hung in there."

The Kings got on the board at 1:11 of the third period when Derek Armstrong skated in from the left side and fired a wrist shot past Tomas Vokoun to his glove side.

Nashville's Darcy Hordichuk got a game misconduct, a 10-minute misconduct, a five-minute penalty for fighting and a two-minute penalty for instigation at 4:26 of the third period. Los Angeles coach Andy Murray thought that gave the Kings a boost.

"It certainly allowed us to carry the momentum in the third period," Murray said. "I thought it was not a very good play on his part."

Armstrong scored again at 17:27 with a wrist shot from low inside the left circle, and Joe Corvo closed out the scoring for Los Angeles with 51 seconds left.

"There is not a lot of satisfaction in the way we came back," Murray said. "We wanted those two points desperately. Nashville has great players and good team speed. We made a couple of mistakes early and they captialized on them."


  • Zidlicky has six points in his last three games.
  • Nashville's Danny Markov left the game with a groin injury in the third period.
  • Hall has a career-high four-game streak with at least one point.
  • The Kings' Eric Belanger ended a six-game point-scoring streak.
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Kings goalie Jason LaBarbera keeps busy in front of the net during the first two periods.  (AP)
Kings goalie Jason LaBarbera keeps busy in front of the net during the first two periods. (AP)
Los Angeles (15-7-1)0033
Nashville  (13-3-3) «2204
Three Stars
M. Zidlicky

Goals: 0
Assist(s): 3
P. Kariya

Goals: 1
Assist(s): 0
D. Armstrong

Goals: 2
Assist(s): 0

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Scoring Summary
05:55Scottie Upshall, Slap Shot - Unassisted.
09:28Paul Kariya (8), Wrist Shot - Assists: Marek Zidlicky and Tomas Vokoun
05:45Steve Sullivan (9), Wrist Shot - Assists: Marek Zidlicky and Yanic Perreault
10:17Power Play - Adam Hall (3), Tip-In - Assists: Steve Sullivan and Marek Zidlicky
01:11Derek Armstrong (3), Tip-In - Assists: Jeremy Roenick and Tim Gleason
17:27Derek Armstrong (4), Wrist Shot - Assists: Sean Avery and Craig Conroy
19:09Joe Corvo (4), Slap Shot - Assists: Lubomir Visnovsky and Alexander Frolov
Penalty Summary
06:51Smithson: Hooking - 2 min.
19:39Robitaille: Hooking - 2 min.
08:23Belanger: Slashing - 2 min.
08:23Avery: Cross Check - 2 min.
08:23Stevenson: Tripping - 2 min.
08:59Demitra: Boarding - 2 min.
12:04Eaton: Hooking - 2 min.
14:15Smithson: Tripping - 2 min.
04:26Hordichuk: Instigator - 2 min.
04:26Hordichuk: Fighting - 5 min.
04:26Hordichuk: Game Misconduct - 10 min.
04:26Gleason: Roughing - 2 min.
04:26Gleason: Game Misconduct - 10 min.
04:26Hordichuk: Game Misconduct - 10 min.
11:00Brown: Interference with goal tender. - 2 min.
14:45Stevenson: High sticking - 2 min.
18:11Robitaille: Roughing - 2 min.
18:11Vokoun: Roughing - 2 min.
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Nashville9177 33
Attendance - 16810
Game Time - 60:00
Referees - Greg Kimmerly, Dan Marouelli
Line Judges - Steve Miller, Mark Shewchyk
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