November 8, 2011 7:23 pm

Game 15: Kings 4, Predators 3 (FINAL)

Yes, there’s another game tonight, as the Kings host the Nashville Predators. All the action is on Fox Sports West and on 1150-AM and affiliates, and all the game updates will be here as well…

THIRD PERIOD
In goal: It’s still Bernier vs. Lindback.
Note: The Kings announced during the third period that Scott Parse had suffered a lower-body injury and would not return to the game. Parse took only three first-period shifts and did not play again.
Kings 4, Predators 3: The Predators pulled Lindback in the final two minutes, and almost immediately scored a goal to pull within 4-3. Patric Hornqvist, in front of the net, deflected in Ryan Suter’s point shot with 1:21 remaining. Martin Erat also got an assist.
End of game: The Kings ended their five-game winless streak, and shots were even at 30-30 for the game.

SECOND PERIOD
In goal: It’s still Bernier vs. Lindback.
Kings 3, Predators 2: The Kings got the lead back 9:28 into the second period on a counter-attack. Dustin Brown carried the puck up the left side, then passed all the way across the ice. Mike Richards went down to a knee and ripped a one-time shot past Lindback to give the Kings a 3-2 lead. Dustin Penner also got an assist.
Kings 4, Predators 2: One second after the end of a power play, the Kings took a 4-2 lead on Simon Gagne’s goal, with 7:27 remaining in the second period. Justin Williams worked the puck out of the corner to Penner, who shot from near the top of the left circle. Gagne, in front of the net, deflected the puck past Lindback.
End of period: This time, the Kings scored two goals in a period and didn’t lose the lead, as they outshot the Predators 11-8 in the second period. The Kings will be on the power play for the first 1:37 of the third period.

FIRST PERIOD
In goal: It’s the Kings’ Jonathan Bernier against the Predators’ Anders Lindback.
Kings 1, Predators 0: The Kings killed an early penalty, then took the lead with a power-play goal 4:29 into the first period. Justin Williams made a cross-ice pass to Alec Martinez, who shot and scored from the right faceoff dot for his first goal of the season. Jarret Stoll also got an assist, for his 300th career NHL point.
Kings 2, Predators 0: Just 1:44 after one Kings defenseman scored his first goal of the season, so did another, as Drew Doughty gave the Kings a 2-0 lead 6:13 into the game. Doughty fired a high slap shot from above the top of the right circle and beat Lindback. Stoll and Kyle Clifford got assists.
Kings 2, Predators 1: Nashville halved the Kings’ lead with 9:19 remaining in the first period with a 4-on-4 goal. A play from behind the Kings’ net failed, but the puck stayed free and Matt Halischuk picked it up in the right circle and fired a high shot to the far corner to beat Bernier. Shea Weber got an assist.
Kings 2, Predators 2: The Predators tied the game with a power-play goal with 3:58 remaining in the period. Craig Smith picked off a Kings clearing attempt inside the blue line, took a couple strides and then cleanly whipped a wrist shot past Bernier to tie the game 2-2 with an unassisted goal.
End of period: In a penalty-filled period — each team took three — the Kings outshot the Predators 15-8 but lost their early two-goal lead.

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