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Vokoun stops 35 in Predators win over Kings

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- The Nashville Predators have gone back
to basics on their power play.

The Predators scored two power play goals in a 3-2 victory over
the Los Angeles Kings on Tuesday night.

"We simplified the power play," said Nashville Coach Barry
Trotz. "We had about 30 plays we had designed, but we weren't
mastering any of them, so we went back to the basics."

Paul Kariya and Kimmo Timomen each had a goal and an assist for
the Predators in their fourth straight win, all at home. In the
last three games the Predators are 8-for-22 on the power play after
going 0-for-18 in their previous four games.

Adam Hall, who had missed the last four games with an ankle
injury, scored the game-winner for the Predators on a wrap-around
goal on the power play at 11:44 of the third period.

"The power play is one of those things that tends to be a
little bit streaky," said Hall. "Sometimes everything is going
right for you and the pucks just bounce in for you. Other times you
making the plays and nothing is going right. You just ride it out
and battle whether it is hot or cold."

Eric Belanger gave the Kings a 1-0 lead at 3:41 of the first
period, making a back-hander into the right side of the net.

Nashville tied the game at 14:24 with a power-play goal. Timonen
took a shot from the top of the slot that bounced off the left leg
pad of Los Angeles goaltender Mathieu Garon. Kariya put the rebound
in the net from about eight feet out.

Timonen gave the Predators a 2-1 lead with 28 seconds left in
the first when he tipped in a shot past Garon .

The Kings pelted Nashville goaltender Tomas Vokoun with 22 shots
in the second period, but could only manage one goal on a rebound
shot by Jeff Cowan at 8:13 that tied the game 2-2. Vokoun stopped
35 of the 37 shots he faced.

"We had great goaltending in the second period," said Trotz.
"It was also our worst period defensively all season. I give a lot
of credit to Los Angeles, but we could have eliminated a lot of
that. We just played sloppy."

Game notes
Kings center Jeremy Roenick ended his point-streak at four
games. Kariya has five assists in his last three games and leads
the Predators with 12. Timonen has four consecutive multiple point
games. Nashvilles Martin Erat skated in his 200th NHL game. ... The
Predators are 8-0-1 when the opponent scores first.