NHL Game Summary - Los Angeles at Nashville |
(Tuesday, November 15th)
Final Score: Nashville 3, Los Angeles 2
Nashville, TN (Sports Network) - Adam Hall snapped a third-period tie with
8:16 to play in the game, as the Nashville Predators defeated the Los Angeles
Kings, 3-2, at Gaylord Entertainment Center.
Paul Kariya and Kimmo Timonen each had a goal and an assist while Tomas Vokoun
made 35 saves in the victory for the Predators, who have won four straight
Eric Belanger and Jeff Cowan scored for the Kings, who had a two-game winning
Mathieu Garon made 23 saves for Los Angeles, which lost in Nashville for the
first time in the last 12 games (8-1-3).
With the game tied at 2-2, the Predators took the lead on a power-play goal
after Aaron Miller got called for holding. Danny Markov made a pass from the
top of the right circle to Hall, who was down low on the right side of the
net. Hall brought the puck out front and his wraparound attempt squeezed under
Garon's left pad with 8:16 to play in the last period.
The Kings pulled their goalie with 1:31 to play in the game, but were unable
to even the score up.
Los Angeles opened up the scoring with a goal by Belanger.
During 4-on-4 play, Tim Gleason picked up a rebound from a Predators shot and
hit Belanger with a pass to the Kings blue line. He then took the puck into
the offensive zone, got around a defender, skated on the backhand to the front
of the net and slid the puck past the outstretched left pad of Vokoun just
3:41 into the game.
The Predators evened the game up with a power-play goal. Timonen sent a
blast from the right point, but Garon made the save with the left pad. However
the rebound went right to Kariya at the right circle and his wrist shot made
it 1-1 at the 14:24 mark of the opening period.
"Its good to get a win like this," said Kariya. "These were an important two
points for us tonight."
Nashville took a 2-1 lead into the first intermission on a goal with 27.5
seconds left. A clearing attempt was picked up by Kariya in the slot and his
shot was then deflected by Timonen over Garon's left shoulder for his fourth
goal of the season.
Los Angeles tied the game up with the only goal in the second period. Sean
Avery skated into the zone and sent a wrist shot at the net from the right
circle. Vokoun made a pad save, but the rebound wound up on the stick of Cowan
at the left circle and his wrist shot went into the left corner of the net.
"It is unacceptable to lose games like this," said Kings center Jeremy
Nashville was 2-for-4 on the power play, while the Kings failed to convert in
five tries with the extra skater...Avery was fined $1,000 by the NHL before
the game after comments he made about an earlier fine he had received for
diving...Los Angeles had gone 6-0-1 in its previous seven games against
Nashville...The Kings will host the Canucks on Thursday...Nashville will
travel to Minnesota for a game on Saturday.
11/15 23:07:03 ET