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Pearson's the OT hero for Kings in Nashville

by Alex Kinkopf / Los Angeles Kings

Closing out their season-long seven-game road trip Saturday night, the Kings pocketed a pair of points in their 2-1 OT victory over the Nashville Predators at Bridgestone Arena.

What has been a trying trip for the Kings, a lengthy venture away from Los Angeles muddled with injuries and unfortunate results, the team managed to end it on a positive note when Tanner Pearson struck with an overtime goal for the second time on the team’s expedition.

For the Kings, it was their second overtime victory over the Predators this season. Nashville has struggled mightily in the extra frame, falling for the 11th time during the five-minute three-on-three period.

Jake Muzzin opened the scoring Saturday when he struck for his seventh goal of the season with four minutes to play in the first period, giving the Kings a 1-0 lead.

Muzzin’s goal culminated when Nick Shore won an offensive zone faceoff, Dwight King chipped the puck back to Muzzin atop the point, who then shuffled to change his angle before firing a wrist shot low past Pekka Rinne’s glove side.

With 27 seconds left in the first, Ryan Ellis tied the game for Nashville with a power play marker.

Neither team scored in the second or third; the clubs extended to overtime for the second time in as many matchups this season.

In overtime, Alec Martinez found Tanner Pearson with a pass as Pearson skated through the neutral zone. Pearson, upon entering Nashville’s zone, cut across from right to the left and used Nashville’s defenders as a screen while burying a wrist shot low past Rinne’s blocker side to seal the Kings’ win.

Five different players led the Kings in points scored (1), Milan Lucic in shots taken (5), Jake Muzzin in hits delivered (4), Alec Martinez in shots blocked (4), and Drew Doughty in minutes played (32:03). Jonathan Quick made 33 saves in the win.

The Kings now return home to Los Angeles to begin a three-game home stand when they take on the Calgary Flames Tuesday night at STAPLES Center, where the puck is scheduled to drop just after 7:30 PM PST.

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