NHL Game Summary - Nashville at Los Angeles
(Saturday, November 5th)
Final Score: Los Angeles 3, Nashville 2 (SO)
Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) - Pavol Demitra and Jeremy Roenick each scored during the shootout to lead the Los Angeles Kings over the Nashville Predators, 3-2, at Staples Center.
Craig Conroy and Tom Kostopoulos each scored third-period goals for the Kings, who rallied from a 2-0 deficit to win for the third time in four games. Jason LaBarbera had 20 saves, including a penalty-shot stop in overtime, for Los Angeles, which has recorded 13 points and is undefeated in the last seven games against the Predators.
Jeremy Stevenson and Martin Erat each scored for Nashville, which is winless in five games since winnings its first eight (0-2-3). Tomas Vokoun made 36 saves, but allowed a controversial goal in the shootout that sealed the Predators' fate.
Simon Gamache started the shootout for the Predators and his shot was stopped by LaBarbera. Demitra then came through with a goal by beating Vokoun five- hole to give the Kings the edge.
LaBarbera then made a kick save of a Marek Zidlicky shot to give Roenick the opportunity to give Los Angeles two points.
Roenick skated in on Vokoun and attempted to slide the puck around him, but he crashed into the netminder and the puck went into the net. Replays appeared to show Roenick making contact with the puck after Vokoun made a save, which would have made the goal illegal. However, the officials allowed the goal and the Kings came away with the victory.
"A rather interesting turn of events there at the end," said LaBarbera. "I'm not a big fan of the shootout, but it's good for the fans. I'm glad we won."
Trailing 2-0 after two periods, Conroy got the Kings on the scoreboard early in the third thanks to the hard work of Demitra.
Demitra outskated a Nashville defender to a loose puck in the left corner of Kings' offensive zone. He one-timed a backhand pass to the front of the net and Conroy put the puck on net. Although it looked like Vokoun made the initial save, the puck ended up trickling past him and into the net just 1:01 into the third.
Then, with 4:28 left in regulation, Los Angeles got the equalizer. On the club's 18th shot of the period, Kostopoulos put home the rebound of a Nathan Dempsey shot to tie the game at 2-2. Dempsey took a shot from the point. It deflected off a Nashville player, went to the back boards and bounced back in front of the net. Kostopoulos beat his defender to puck and beat Vokoun, who was out of position due to the deflection.
The Kings then insured the overtime stanza by killing a Nashville power play that ended with 1:37 left in regulation.
In the third, Los Angeles dominated play and outshot the Predators 21-2.
"We were pretty determined in the third, but we got it going in the second period," said Kings head coach Andy Murray. "I thought Roenick had his best game of the year and I wanted him to score so I moved him up to the number two spot in the shootout."
Nashville had the best chance to win the game in overtime, but LaBarbera came up with a huge kick save on David Legwand on a penalty shot with 31.9 remaining. Legwand was granted the penalty shot when he was hooked on a breakaway attempt.
Nashville got its first two goals in the initial period. Stevenson gave the Predators a 1-0 lead just 1:34 into the game and nearly seven minutes later Erat increased the cushion to two goals.
Stevenson's goal was his second of the season, while Erat tallied his fourth goal of the campaign.
Conroy's goal was his fifth of the season....Each team failed to get a power play goal. LA went 0-for-8, while Nashville went 0-for-5...Conroy has five goals and 15 points in his last nine games.
11/05 19:29:00 ET