Tuesday, March 6, 2012
Kings: Offense feasts on Predators in 5-4 win
By Dan Arritt
Justin Williams of the Kings scores the second of his two first-period goals in Nashville on Wednesday.
Kings 5, Nashville Predators 4
Eight keys to the game:
THE FACTS: The Kings continued to display their scoring touch with five goals at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, giving them 13 in the last three games and 18 in the five games since acquiring Jeff Carter in a trade last week.
THE STAT: Kings right wing Justin Williams scored twice in the opening period to help the Kings to a 2-1 lead. It was the first time since Feb. 7 that the Predators had allowed more than one goal in the opening frame.
TURNING POINT: Kings defenseman Matt Greene and forward Trevor Lewis scored in the first three minutes of the third period to give the Kings a 5-3 lead and chase Nashville starting goalie Pekka Rinne in favor of Anders Lindback. That was all the cushion they would need.
HOT: Kings right wing Dustin Brown had an assist on Lewis’s goal to stretch his point streak to five games. Brown has five goals and four assists during the streak.
NOT: Kings goalie Jonathan Quick earned his first career victory against the Predators but gave up four goals on 26 shots. The third goal by Nashville was particularly bad, as a shot by Sergei Kostitsyn knuckled under his right armpit to tie the score, 3-3. Quick allowed a similar soft goal between his pads in the 4-2 victory Saturday night against the Ducks.
GOOD MOVE: The Kings took a 3-2 lead in the second period on a heads-up play by rookie forward Jordan Nolan, who paused with the puck in the right circle before feeding it to Drew Doughty in the high slot and the defenseman did the rest, shooting it past Rinne at the 9:16 mark.
BAD MOVE: Nashville forward Jordan Tootoo got a 10-minute misconduct after he was bumped by a referee and then pushed the official in the back.
NOTABLE: The Kings moved into eighth place in the Western Conference for a couple of hours following the victory. They dropped back to ninth after the San Jose Sharks earned a point after losing in a shootout against Edmonton Oilers, but remain in a three-way points tie with the Sharks and Colorado Avalanche.