Predators extend Kings' slide with 5-2 win
Tuesday, 08.16.2011 / 5:06 AM
The Los Angeles Kings
’ eight-game homestand isn’t turning out the way they had planned.
scored two goals, Colin Wilson
had a goal and 2 assists, and the Nashville Predators
rallied from a 2-0 deficit for their fourth straight victory, beating the slumping Kings 5-2 on Thursday night.
also had a goal and a pair of assists, and Marek Svatos scored his first goal for the Predators, who won back-to-back games in southern California.
Meanwhile, the Kings have lost a season-high five in a row – including the first four of their eight-game homestand.
Nashville turned a 2-0 deficit into a 3-2 lead during a 5:31 span of the second period, scoring twice on the power play. Wilson had a hand in all three.
"They embarrassed us the last two games, and they did it in the first 10 minutes of both games," said Wilson, the 21-year-old son of former NHL forward Carey Wilson. "It definitely gives us confidence to make a rally like that. It puts us in a great mindset coming out of here with a win in the way we did it. It's a big boost of confidence on the road."
Hornqvist scored a goal for the fourth straight game during the three-goal second period before adding his team-leading 13th with 4:27 to play. Defensemen Shea Weber
Suter each had two assists for the Predators, who have vaulted into fourth place in the jam-packed Western Conference standings with wins in Anaheim and Los Angeles.
made 24 saves, but gave up second-period goals to Kings rookie Kyle Clifford
and Jarret Stoll
before the Predators took control, starting with Wilson's score on a cross-ice pass from Suter despite partially whiffing on the shot.
"After we scored that goal, I thought we were really good," Nashville coach Barry Trotz said. "We wanted to get off to a really good start. We didn't like the way they beat us
the last two times, and we were determined to get it back. We recovered really well and showed a lot of character."
Nashville has hit its stride after a five-game losing streak, winning with sturdy goaltending and solid defense. One night after Pekka Rinne
stopped 40 shots in a 4-1 win over the Ducks, Lindback won in his first start since Dec. 22.
stopped 23 shots for the Kings, who fell to 22-17-1.
"We're not working or competing hard enough, and it's not easy to win games in this league consistently if you're not doing that," captain Dustin Brown
said. "They're a good
team, and when they have the lead, they're a hard team to come back on. But we had a two-goal lead and somehow let it slip away. It was a battle to even get anything going after that."
Los Angeles won 13 of its first 16 games at home this season, but dropped to 0-4-0 on its current homestand after failing to respond to Nashville's rally. Kings coach Terry
Murray shuffled his lines in practice Wednesday, but the changes didn't produce much more offense.
"This whole game really has nothing to do with Nashville. It has everything to do with us," said defenseman Drew Doughty
, who has just 2 goals in 34 games. "We weren't out there playing our best, we weren't competing, and we weren't working hard."
After a scoreless first period, the 19-year-old Clifford controlled the rebound of Marco Sturm's shot on a 2-on-1 break, scoring his third goal of the season. Stoll then connected during a power play for his first goal in 16 games.
After Svatos tied it in his fourth game since joining Nashville off waivers from St. Louis on Dec. 29, Hornqvist put the Predators ahead during another power play.
"We got some lucky goals that bounced our way, but we try to always have guys at the net," Hornqvist said. "Tonight is one of those times when the puck always feels like it's going to my stick. it's just confidence. When guys have confidence out there, they make those tricky plays."
Material froim team media and wire services was used in this report