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Preds edge Kings in wild finish
Nashville, TN (SportsNetwork.com) – Mike Fisher scored his second goal of the
third period with 26.4 seconds remaining as the Nashville Predators defeated
the Los Angeles Kings 3-2 at Bridgestone Arena.
Fisher scored on a power play to give Nashville a 2-1 lead with 3:18 left to
go in the third. But with Los Angeles goaltender Ben Scrivens on the bench for
an extra skater, Jeff Carter one-timed a pass from Anze Kopitar and scored the
tying goal from atop the right circle with 36.7 seconds showing.
The Predators quickly answered on the next shift. Colin Wilson skated down the
left wing and fed Fisher in the middle. Fisher’s shot went off Scrivens, who
tried to swipe the puck away before it completely crossed the goal line. The
call on the ice was a goal and a video review upheld the referee’s ruling.
Marek Mazanec made 26 saves for Nashville, which snapped a five-game winless
Scrivens stopped 28 shots for the Kings, who have dropped two straight in
regulation for the first time since Oct. 4-7, the second and third games of
Tyler Toffoli went off for holding with 4:31 to play and Nashville was able to
capitalize. The Predators cleared the Los Angeles zone themselves and Fisher
caught the Kings in a line change after retrieving the puck. He carried across
the blue line and beat Scrivens on the blocker side from the slot.
Nashville had failed to convert on a 5-on-3 for 47 seconds in the second
Patric Hornqvist staked the Predators to a 1-0 lead at 14:42 of the first
period, but Kopitar’s power-play goal tied things up 7:05 into the middle
Nashville rookie Seth Jones had two assists … The Predators won the season
series, 2-0-1, and have beaten the Kings in four of their last six meetings.