NHL Game Summary - Los Angeles at Nashville|
(Saturday, December 18th)
Final Score: Los Angeles 6, Nashville 1
Nashville, TN (Sports Network) - Ryan Smyth tallied two goals as Los
Angeles dismantled Nashville, 6-1, at Bridgestone Arena.
Drew Doughty, Trevor Lewis and Alexei Ponikarovsky all notched a goal and an
assist for the Kings, who have gone 2-1 during a five-game road trip.
Justin Williams also lit the lamp, while Oscar Moller, Dustin Brown and Jarret
Stoll each recorded two assists in the win. Jonathan Bernier turned aside 29-
of-30 shots to earn the victory.
Steve Sullivan had the lone goal for the Predators, who had their season-long
five-game winning streak snapped.
Anders Lindback started the game for Nashville but was pulled after giving up
three goals on nine shots. Mark Dekanich came on in relief midway through the
first period and ended with 22 saves.
"They won a few more battles early and took control of the game," Predators
head coach Barry Trotz said.
The Kings attacked quickly when Williams scored only 15 ticks in. Brown led a
two-man rush and centered it to Williams, who controlled the bouncing puck and
wristed it in from the left side.
Los Angeles added two more goals within 70 seconds of each other midway
through the opening period. Lewis scored the first, which was also his second
goal career NHL goal. Doughty got the second goal making the score 3-1 with
nearly 10 minutes remaining.
Sullivan knocked in a goal off a Ryan Suter assist to put Nashville on the
board 24 seconds later.
But Los Angeles made it a 4-1 game at the 15:32 mark to end the high scoring
first period when Smyth lit the lamp after fluttering a rebound over
Dekanich's head. That was a power play score.
Goals kept coming for the Kings when Moller recorded his season's first
assist on a Ponikarovsky wrister during the first four minutes of the
Smyth tallied his second goal of the game, making the score 6-1 at the 16:04
mark of the second period.
The score remained the same during the final period, where Bernier made 10
saves and Dekanich had eight.
Nashville had recorded a point in each of its last 10 games...The Kings
were 1-for-3 on the power play, while killing all three of their penalties.
12/19 03:37:21 ET