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LOS ANGELES (AP) -Paul Kariya scored twice, defenseman Shea Weber recorded his first two-goal game in the NHL, and the Nashville Predators beat the Los Angeles Kings 6-3 on Saturday for their fourth straight victory.
J.P. Dumont had a goal and an assist in his 500th NHL game, Marek Zidlicky scored one of Nashville's three power-play goals and Peter Forsberg had three assists for the Western Conference-leading Predators, who took a two-point lead over idle Detroit in the race for the top seed in the Western Conference playoffs.
Michael Cammalleri scored twice and Jamie Lundmark also scored for the Kings. Defenseman Lubomir Visnovsky and rookie Anze Kopitar, two of the team's top four point producers this season, sat out with unspecified injuries.
Kariya tied the game with 14:13 to play, beating Sean Burke high to the glove side with a one-timer from 20 feet in the slot. Zidlicky put the Predators ahead to stay on a one-timer from the left circle with 10:21 remaining and Rob Blake off for tripping Ryan Suter. Dumont and Kariya capped Nashville's four-goal third period.
Kariya has 22 goals this season and 31 career goals against Los Angeles, the most he's scored against any other team.
The Kings tied the game for the second time at 14:05 of the second period, as Blake got a cross-ice pass from Derek Armstrong and found Cammalleri alone in front of the crease. The Predators are 18-1-0 this season when Kariya scores a goal.
Cammalleri put the Kings ahead for the first time during a goal-mouth scramble with 14:53 left in the third period, while Zidlicky was serving a delay-of-game penalty. It was his career-high 27th goal, one more than last season.
The Predators outshot Los Angeles 14-4 in the first period, but had to settle for a 1-0 lead. The Kings, who came in with the worst penalty kill in the league, thwarted Nashville's first two power plays before Weber scored on the third with a 20-foot wrist shot at 18:11 while Jaroslav Modry was off for hooking.
The Kings tied it at 3:36 of the second period on Lundmark's fourth goal. Tom Kostopoulos carried the puck into the Nashville zone and was ridden wide by defenseman Greg Zanon in the right circle, but managed to throw the puck in front of the crease and it caromed off Lundmark's stick and the skate of Nashville's Martin Erat.
But Weber scored again less than three minutes later, snapping off a one-timer from the right point that deflected in off the front of defenseman Mike Weaver's jersey. It was Weber's 13th goal, the most among Nashville defensemen and five shy of Andy Delmore's single-season club record for that position.
Notes: Weber is the first Nashville defenseman to score two goals in a game this season. ... Predators C Jason Arnott sat out the game because of flu-like symptoms. ... Vokoun is the only player Nashville selected in the 1998 expansion draft that is still with the team. ... The Kings, coming off victories over Colorado (shootout) and Anaheim (overtime), have not won three consecutive games since a five-game streak that ended on March 7, 2006. ... Nashville has scored nine power-play goals in its past six games after going 0-for-19 over the previous five. ... Nashville captain Kimmo Timonen, who has played in more games than anyone in the franchise's nine-year history, was a 10th-round draft pick by the Kings in 1993. ... Eleven of the Kings' final 17 games are on the road, including the next four. ... Nashville won the season series 4-1.