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
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
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
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. Nashvilles
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.