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10th: Preds roar back from three-goal deficit to beat L.A., 6-4

by Kevin Wilson / Nashville Predators

February 1, 2001

A night after shutting out the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim in their building, the Nashville Predators put on an show at the other end of the ice, rallying from a three-goal to defeat the Los Angeles Kings, 6-4.

Bill Houlder kick-started the rally at 14:24 of the second period, and Greg Johnson provided the game winner at 14:11 of the third frame after goals from Rob Valicevic and Greg Classen in the first seven minutes of the period. Captain Tom Fitzgerald pitched in an empty netter with just 30 seconds remaining.

"We just tried to stay with our game plan,” Johnson said. “We really feel confident against this team if we play solid defensively and keep plugging away, because we're going to get our chances. The 5-on-3 goal by Valicevic to get us within one was huge," Johnson said.

The comeback victory not only extended a three-game unbeaten streak against the Kings, but continued an eventual four-game winning streak that also included wins at Phoenix and against Columbus at the Sommet Center.

"We weren't really on our toes in the first five minutes of the second period," Fitzgerald said. "But it was a grit game and a character builder for us as an organization -- to come back from 4-1 against a team like that."

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