NHL Game Summary - Nashville at Los Angeles
(Saturday, March 25th)
Final Score: Los Angeles 6, Nashville 4
Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) - Alexander Frolov netted two goals in a span of 1:06 in the third period as the Los Angeles Kings won a wild one over the Nashville Predators, 6-4, at the Staples Center.
Sean Avery also scored during the Kings' three-goal third period that completed the comeback. Lubomir Visnovsky added three assists in the win, only the Kings' second in their last six games.
"I missed so much time," Frolov said. "It means so much to me to make the playoffs. I just try to battle to help the team."
Los Angeles remains one point behind Edmonton for the eighth spot in the Western Conference.
The win came in the debut of Kings' new head coach John Torchetti, who replaced the recently fired Andy Murray.
"It's all about the players, they get all the credit," said Torchetti. "That's what we needed, total effort and we got that tonight."
Netminder Mathieu Garon was less then stellar in the win, allowing four goals on 19 shots faced.
It wasn't all good for LA, which has been plagued by injuries all season. That trend continued as center Derek Armstrong left the game in the first period with a back injury, while center Jeremy Roenick suffered a chip fracture in his right ankle during the second frame. Neither player returned to the game.
Paul Kariya scored twice and Mike Sillinger added a goal and two assists for the Predators, who have lost two in a row following a five-game win streak.
Tomas Vokoun was peppered with 48 shots in all, including 19 in the third frame. He allowed all six goals in the loss.
Down 4-3, the Kings netted three goals on four shots in a 1:47 span to assume control.
First, Frolov, playing for the first time in 10 games, beat Vokoun on a shot from the top of the right circle that went through a high screen and past Vokoun's glove at 12:19 of the third.
Frolov then tallied his second goal of the contest and 21st of the year just over a minute later. Frolov was darting towards the net, but lost control of the puck along the way. However, he stayed with the loose disc as it continued to roll towards the goal and he was able to just push it past Vokoun for the 5-4 advantage.
Avery then capped the quick burst after he threw the puck towards Vokoun from behind the goal and somehow got the puck into the net off of the goaltender's body with 5:54 remaining in the third.
Nashville held a 2-0 lead before the Kings netted three straight goals, all on the power play, to go in front.
Sillinger made it a 1-0 Predators' lead at 5:32 of the first with a power- play tally for his 25th goal of the season. Sillinger later helped set up Kariya's first goal of the game just 32 seconds into the second frame.
However, the Kings held a 3-2 lead after the first half of the second period after netting three straight power-play goals.
Eric Belander put Los Angeles on the board at 2:45 of the period with his 17th goal of the season and Mark Parrish tied the game with his 26th goal of the year at 5:32.
LA then took a one-goal led after Dustin Brown's rebound goal at the 9:30 mark of the second. However, Kariya struck again for his 27th goal of the season at 10:13 to tie the game at 3-3.
Greg Johnson put Nashville in front 4-3 with 4:08 left in the frame.
The Kings ended 3-for-10 on the power play while the Predators finished 1- for-4...Frolov also had an assist in the game while Craig Conroy tallied two helpers in the win...Steve Sullivan assisted on Sillinger's goal and he now has five goals and 12 assists in his last 10 games.
03/26 01:36:04 ET