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Predators score three times in first period, beat Kings 5-4

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Ryan Jones. J.P. Dumont, Martin Erat, Jerred Smithson and Jordin Tootoo scored to lead the Nashville Predators to a 5-4 victory over the Los Angeles Kings on Saturday night.

Jarret Stoll scored twice for Los Angeles, and Dustin Brown and Alexander Frolov added goals. The Predators scored three goals in the first period.

Jones scored the first goal of the game on a power play at the 9:32 mark, skating in from the left side and shooting a rebound into the right side of the net against goalie Jason LaBarbera.

Dumont gave the Predators a 2-0 edge at 10:33 when he fired a one-timer from high in the right circle that beat LaBarbera to his left side.

Erat scored a power-play goal at 12:48, redirecting a shot from inside the blue line by Ryan Suter, beating LaBarbera to his right side.

After Erat's goal, Los Angeles called timeout and replaced LaBarbera with Erik Ersberg, making his second appearance of the season.

The Kings scored their first goal of the game at 10:52 of the second period. Stoll skated through the slot and drew goalie Dan Ellis out in front of the crease. Ellis blocked Stoll's shot, but could not control the rebound. Stoll recovered the puck and fired it into an open net.

Stoll struck again on the power play at 14:29 with a wrist shot from the top of the left circle that went over Ellis' left shoulder.

In the third period, Smithson gave the Predators a 4-2 lead. Smithson beat Ersberg high to the right corner of the goal at 10:54.

At 12:43, Scott Nichol passed the puck to Tootoo, who skated in front of the net and backhanded a shot from close range.

Brown scored the third goal and Frolov cut the lead to one at 18:52.

Notes: The Predators have scored 11 first-period goals this season. ... Until the goal by Jones, the Kings' penalty kill unit had been a perfect 27-for-27. ... Stoll also scored Friday night against St. Louis, giving him goals in back-to-back games. He has two multi-point games this season. ... Dumont has points in seven of eight games, including the last four in a row. ... Patrick O'Sullivan had a pair of assists for Los Angeles, his first multi-point game of the season.

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