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Los Angeles, CA – The Nashville Predators played the Los Angeles Kings close through two periods, but the Kings go on a four goal romp in the third to beat the Predators 5-1 at the Staple Center.
Jeff Carter scores three goals for the Kings for a natural hat trick. It was the fifth hat trick of his career. Two of the goals came within 19 seconds of each other in the third.Predators pull goaltender Pekka Rinne in the third after he gives up five goals on just 13 shots.
Kings’ goaltender Jonathan Bernier is 7 and 1 all time against the Predators. He was one shot away from getting a shut out. He made 18 saves during the game.
Los Angeles forward Jeff Carter puts the Kings on the board first he knocks the puck away from Kevin Klein along the left circle and then backhands a bouncing puck past Rinne’s right leg for the score at 5:28 in the first.
Through the first two periods, Nashville had 13 shots on goal compared to just 6 shots by Los Angeles.
Carter scores again at 4:39 in the third when Colin Fraser slides him the puck in front of the net. Carter then hits a wrist shot to make it 2-0 Kings.
Just 19 seconds later, Nashville’s Roman Josi loses the puck and Carter on a breakaway takes to puck from the forehand to a backhand shot behind Rinne to make it 3-0 completing the hat trick.
The Kings get two more scores from Mike Richards and Dwight King.
The Predators finally get on the board when Martin Erat lays off the puck to Shea Webber who slides it over to Gabriel Bourque. Bourque then hits a wrist shot high over the shoulder of Jonathan Bernier on the stick side for the score.
It was Bourques sixth goal of the season. Bourque now leads all Predators in goals.
Predators top point getters are pointless over the last two games.
Barry Trotz remarked “Myself, the coaches, the team, were just not getting it done.”
The Predators returns to Nashville for back to back home games. The Preds take on the Edmonton Oilers Friday, March 8th at Bridgestone Arena. The game starts at 7:00pm (CT).
Then Saturday, March 9th, the Minnesota Wild come to Nashville for a 7:00pm (CT) game.
Predators 1 – 5 Kings
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TopicsBarry Trotz, Bridgestone Arena, Colin Fraser, Dustin Brown, Dwight King, Edmonton Oilers, Gabriel Bourque, hat trick, Jeff Carter, Jonathan Bernier, Kevin Klein, Los Angeles CA, Los Angeles Kings, Martin Erat, Mike Richards, Minnesota Wild, Nashville Predators, Nashville TN, National Hockey League, NHL, Pekka Rinne, Predators, Roman Josi, Shea Weber, Staple Center
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