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Predators end Kings home win streak

Arvidsson's OT goal denies Los Angeles fifth straight victory at Staples Center

by Dan Greenspan / NHL.com Correspondent

LOS ANGELES -- Viktor Arvidsson scored on a breakaway with 19.7 seconds remaining in overtime to give the Nashville Predators a 4-3 win against the Los Angeles Kings at Staples Center on Saturday.

Arvidsson won it for the Predators when he got down the ice to convert Calle Jarnkrok's pass with a wrist shot.

 

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"Three-on-3, you got to attack the game," Predators captain Roman Josi said. "You got to want that goal. You can't just sit back, and I think we did a pretty good job of that."

Miikka Salomaki and P.K. Subban scored goals 56 second apart in the first period, and Craig Smith scored his fourth goal for the Predators (7-5-2), who won on back-to-back nights for the first time this season. Juuse Saros made 36 saves for his first win of the season.

Video: NSH@LAK: Subban's point shot pinballs into the net

Alex Iafallo scored his first NHL goal for the Kings (10-2-2), who have earned a point in all seven home games but failed to win their fifth straight at Staples Center. Alec Martinez and Christian Folin also scored, and Darcy Kuemper made 27 saves.

The Predators jumped out to a 3-0 lead, but the Kings responded with three goals in the third period.

"I guess at the end of the day you'd be happy with the point, because it didn't look like we were going to get one. But I feel I don't like losing, so overtime or regulation, (it's) not much fun," Kings coach John Stevens said.

Iafallo scored 16 seconds into the third period to start the Kings rally.

Folin made it 3-2 at 5:20 of the third after baiting Saros into thinking he was going to dump the puck in off a faceoff. When Saros started to head behind his own net, Folin shot into the open goal from one step inside the red line for his first goal with the Kings.

Video: NSH@LAK: Iafallo one-times the puck into the open net

Martinez tied it up at 3-3 on the power play with 7:44 left.

"Good teams got to stay composed," said Predators forward Ryan Johansen, who had an assist. "They are a great team and we had our backs against the wall there for a little bit. Juuse made a couple of unbelievable saves there. They were really testing us and we were able to weather there storm a little bit and find a way to get it done in overtime."

Salomaki scored his first goal on a breakaway by collecting a long bouncing pass by Yannick Weber and beating Kuemper over his left shoulder at 9:21 of the first period.

Subban then scored on a wrist shot that deflected off Iafallo and skipped in between Kuemper's legs at 10:06. It was Subban's second goal in as many games.

Smith scored at 4:47 of the second period on a wrist pass that beat Kuemper to his glove side to give the Predators a 3-0 lead. Filip Forsberg set it up with a pass to Smith for his team-leading 14th point (eight goals, six assists).

Video: NSH@LAK: Smith snaps a shot off the post and in

 

Goal of the game

Arvidsson's goal at 4:40 of overtime.

Video: NSH@LAK: Arvidsson scores OT winner on a breakaway

 

Save of the game

Saros against Tanner Pearson's one-timer with 1:42 remaining in the third period.

Video: NSH@LAK: Saros denies Pearson at point-blank range

 

Highlight of the game

Weber set up Salomaki's goal at 9:12 of the first period.

Video: NSH@LAK: Salomaki scores on a stretch pass from Weber

 

They said it

"We got four points out of six on the California trip on a back-to-back versus a team that has been playing well this whole season." -- Predators forward Ryan Johansen

 

"[Saros] was obviously cheating, otherwise it wouldn't have gone in, but I'll take it." -- Kings defenseman Christian Folin

 

Video: NSH@LAK: Folin scores on a shot from the red line

 

Need to know

Predators forward Cody McLeod received a game misconduct and instigator penalty for fighting with defenseman Kurtis MacDermid in the first. … Anze Kopitar had two assists to extent his point streak to five games (one goal, five assists).

 

What's next

Predators: At the Columbus Blue Jackets on Tuesday (7 p.m. ET; FS-TN, FS-O, NHL.TV)

Kings: At the Anaheim Ducks on Tuesday (10:30 p.m. ET; NBCSN, NHL.TV)

 

Video: Arvidsson scores the OT winner in Predators' 4-3 win

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