Tuesday, November 8, 2011
Kings end losing streak with 4-3 victory
By Dan Arritt
Kings defenseman Drew Doughty celebrates his first goal of the season with teammate Willie Mitchell.
LOS ANGELES -- Nashville couldn’t have arrived soon enough.
While the Kings have been struggling to score goals and win games for the last two weeks, they seem to have retained the formula for beating the Predators ... barely.
Alec Martinez, Drew Doughty, Mike Richards and Simon Gagne scored goals Tuesday night and backup goalie Jonathan Bernier stopped 27 shots to improve to 5-1 against Nashville in the 4-3 victory at Staples Center.
The victory ended a five-game losing streak for the Kings and may have pointed the team in the right direction again. They started the season 5-1-1 before dropping to 1-4-2 over their next seven games.
They also scored more than three goals for only the third time in 15 games this season.
Dustin Penner contributed two assists for his first multi-point game as a member of the Kings. Justin Williams and Jarret Stoll also had two assists. Stoll’s first assist came on a first-period goal by Martinez, which represented the 300th point of Stoll’s career.
Dustin Brown assisted on Richards’ goal to move into a tie with Steve Duchesne for 16th on the franchise points list.
The victory did not come without some bad news, however. Kings left wing Scott Parse left because of a lower-body injury and did not return. Parse missed most of last season after undergoing hip surgery. If he’s out for any significant period of time, look for the Kings to bring up skilled center Andrei Loktionov from Manchester.
Another streak that came to an end Tuesday night was a string of 23 consecutive sellouts for the Kings dating to last season.