Nashville Predators 3, Los Angeles Kings 2

Saturday, 12.28.2013 / 11:35 PM / News
By Jimi Russell  - Nashville Predators

It took 59 minutes and 33 seconds of Saturday’s game, but the Nashville Predators snapped their five-game winless streak with a 3-2 victory over the Los Angeles Kings.

The Preds scored the game’s first goal for the first time since Dec. 14 against San Jose, and their first opening period marker in four outings, when Patric Hornqvist banged home a loose puck at 14:42 of the opening frame. The goal broke a scoreless drought of six games for Hornqvist, and the Predators are now 7-1-0 when he scores.

Mike Fisher and Seth Jones both picked up assists on the goal as Nashville improved to 14-1-2 when scoring the game’s first goal this season.

Nashville would hold the lead until the 7:05 mark of the second period.

With Paul Gaustad in the box for tripping, Drew Doughty and Slava Voynov moved the puck along the Kings blueline before connecting Anze Kopitar in the slot, who then used a screen to get a shot past Marek Mazanec to even the score.

With the Preds on a power play late in the third, Mike Fisher collected a weak clearing attempt at the centerline, wheeled into the Kings zone and rifled a shot past Ben Scrivens to put Nashville up 2-1 with less than four minutes remaining. It was Nashville’s ninth power-play goal in its last eight outings.

As the final seconds ticked down in the period, the Kings would tally an extra-attacker goal when Jeff Carter fired the puck past Mazanec with 37 seconds remaining.

Even with the late goal, the Preds would not be denied, as Fisher once again drove into Los Angeles’ zone, caught a pass from Colin Wilson and buried a shot past Scrivens to secure the win for Nashville.

The game winner was Fisher’s third point of the night (2g-1a), his second multi-point game of the season and first three-point game since Feb. 21, 2012 against Vancouver (1g-2a), as he picked up First Star honors.

Two Things and Notes:

They Come in Pairs: Outside of Mike Fisher’s three-point night, Patric Hornqvist and Seth Jones also used multiple-point games to factor into the Preds win.

Hornqvist pocketed a goal and an assist on the night to complete his third multiple-point outing of the year. With his goal, Hornqvist is now just one goal shy of moving into a tie for seventh on the club’s all-time goal-scoring list. His two-point outing moved the Swedish forward into fourth in team scoring and goals (8g-12a-20pts).

For Jones, the multi-point game (2a) was the first of his budding career. The effort also gave the blueliner three points (3a) in his last three outings. Jones now ranks 17th among first-year players in points (3g-10a-13pts), while his 10 helpers are tied for 11th among rookies.

Power Play Stays Hot: Nine of Nashville’s last 18 goals have come on the man advantage, including power-play tallies in seven of the team’s last eight games. The Preds power play remains one of the League’s most potent (seventh, 21 percent), while Nashville’s home power play ranks among the League’s Top Five (fourth, 24.6 percent). The Preds are now 14-3-2 when they score a power-play goal. Shea Weber leads the team with 14 points (7g-7a) on the man advantage this season.

Team Notes:

QUICK START: The Predators opened the scoring for the first time since a Dec. 14 victory over San Jose. Nashville is now 14-1-2 when scoring first this season. Los Angeles had allowed just 17 first-period goals in 38 games entering tonight’s matchup – the lowest total in the NHL.

FINISHING STRONG: After failing to register double-digit shot totals in the first and second periods, Nashville posted 15 shots on goal in the final frame.

Player Notes:

Mike Fisher has been peppering opposing goaltenders with shots as of late – tonight was his third game with at least five shots in his last six contests.

Seth Jones played 19:08, his highest ice time total since Dec. 5 vs. Carolina.

Goaltender Marek Mazanec picked up his first win since being named the NHL’s Rookie of the Month for November.

Shea Weber led all skaters with 29:52 of ice time – just 24 hours after recording a regular-season career-high 32:23 on Friday night in Dallas. Nashville’s captain ranks fourth in the NHL in the category (26:42). Weber has been making the most of his time on ice of late, with points in seven of his last eight games, and he now finds himself a single point back of 10th place in scoring among blueliners.

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WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 z - ANA 82 54 20 8 266 209 116
2 y - COL 82 52 22 8 250 220 112
3 x - STL 82 52 23 7 248 191 111
4 x - SJS 82 51 22 9 249 200 111
5 x - CHI 82 46 21 15 267 220 107
6 x - LAK 82 46 28 8 206 174 100
7 x - MIN 82 43 27 12 207 206 98
8 x - DAL 82 40 31 11 235 228 91
9 PHX 82 37 30 15 216 231 89
10 NSH 82 38 32 12 216 242 88
11 WPG 82 37 35 10 227 237 84
12 VAN 82 36 35 11 196 223 83
13 CGY 82 35 40 7 209 241 77
14 EDM 82 29 44 9 203 270 67

STATS

2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
S. Weber 79 23 33 -2 56
P. Hornqvist 76 22 31 1 53
C. Smith 79 24 28 16 52
M. Fisher 75 20 29 -4 49
R. Josi 72 13 27 -2 40
M. Cullen 77 10 29 4 39
C. Wilson 81 11 22 -1 33
N. Spaling 71 13 19 2 32
R. Ellis 80 6 21 9 27
G. Bourque 74 9 17 -5 26
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Hutton 20 11 4 .910 2.62
D. Dubnyk 11 18 3 .891 3.43

 
 

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