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Kopitar scores winner in shootout, lifts Kings over Nashville 2-1

Thursday, 10.17.2013 / 11:15 PM / News

The Canadian Press

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Anze Kopitar scored the only goal of the shootout, lifting the Los Angeles Kings to a 2-1 win over the Nashville Predators on Thursday night.

Slava Voynov scored for the Kings, who have won four of five.

Kopitar skated down the right side and elevated a backhand over the left shoulder of Nashville goaltender Pekka Rinne.

Matt Cullen scored his first goal with the Predators at 10:33 of the opening period for the early lead. Nashville finished a five-game homestand 3-2.

After Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick made a diving save to deny Nashville's Gabriel Bourque from the slot, Cullen was able to corral the puck in traffic, move to open space, and then beat a fallen Quick with a wrist shot from the right side.

Nashville has scored first in three consecutive games.

Los Angeles tied it just before the first intermission when Voynov scored at 19:18.

At the left faceoff dot, Mike Richards froze Rinne and then fired a cross-ice pass to Voynov in the right circle, where he was able to beat a diving Rinne for his second goal of the season.

Voynov has scored in consecutive games.

With just over six minutes remaining in the third, Rinne denied Mike Richards on a short-handed breakaway attempt to keep the game tied at 1.

Nashville had the only power-play opportunity of overtime, but Quick denied both Nashville shots on the man advantage, both by Patric Hornqvist.

NOTES: Rinne played his 300th career NHL game. ... Nashville C Craig Smith has points in three straight games. . Jeff Carter has 18 points in 15 career games played against Nashville.

It means a lot to us, we're very excited. We're looking to continue to build on [our] top core talent of young players. It's just a great opportunity for us to really build high.

— Panthers vice president of hockey operations Travis Viola after Florida won the No. 1 pick in the NHL Draft Lottery