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Dumont scores go-ahead goal, adds assist in Predators' 3-1 win over Kings

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LOS ANGELES - J.P. Dumont scored the go-ahead goal during a power play with 2:28 left and set up Jason Arnott's goal, leading the Nashville Predators to a 3-1 victory over the Los Angeles Kings on Saturday night.

Shea Weber added an empty-net goal in the final minute for the Predators, coming off consecutive overtime wins at San Jose and Anaheim.

Dan Ellis made 33 saves for Nashville. The only puck that got past him was Michal Handzus' fourth goal of the season, on a deflection of Kyle Quincey's slap shot from the left point at 15:06 of the second period.

Kings defenceman Drew Doughty, the second overall pick in the draft, received a hooking penalty after pulling down Martin Erat from behind while David Legwand tried to set him up in the low slot with 3 1/2 minutes to play. Dumont capitalized with his fourth goal of the season during a goalmouth scramble after Erik Ersberg stopped Ville Koistinen's wrist shot from above the right circle.

Ersberg made his sixth straight start, a stretch that began with a 1-0 overtime loss to Anaheim. He made 19 saves after winning the previous four games.

The Predators had only nine shots on net until Arnott opened the scoring at 10:26 of the second period with his eighth goal. He got a centring pass across the crease from Dumont and redirected it through Ersberg's legs. Erat, who missed the previous three games because of an upper body injury, also was credited with an assist.

Notes: The Kings announced that ticket holders who couldn't get to Saturday's game because of the series of wildfires that shut down several freeways, would be able to exchange their tickets for one of three other games in the same price range - Dec. 6 (Columbus), Dec. 13 (Minnesota) or Dec. 29 (Columbus). ... The Predators completed their longest road trip of the season 3-3 after losing the first three. ... The Kings, who outshot Nashville 34-22, have held opponents to fewer than 30 shots on net in eight straight games. ... Nashville's opponents have totalled 124 shots on net in the last three games.

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