Los Angeles Kings 5, Nashville Predators 4
The Nashville Predators lose a tough game at home against the Los Angeles Kings Tuesday night. No matter how many times the Predators could score and tie the game up, the Kings always had the answer. And sometimes, a little bit more.
The Los Angeles Kings scored an unusual amount of goals tonight. In 3 of the last 4 games, Los Angeles has scored 4 or more goals. Going into this game, the Kings were last in the NHL in scoring, but that is going to change. With the acquisition of Jeff Carter, this team has picked up its offensive production, big time. It is hard to score 5 goals when you are last in the NHL in scoring on Pekka Rinne, and they did it. As a matter of fact, it is hard to even score 5 goals on Rinne when you are first in the NHL in scoring.
Line Up Report
#35 Pekka Rinne
#32 Jonathan Quick
#39 Anders Lindback
Yellow - Goalie came on in relief.
Nashville Scratches: #23 W Brian McGrattan, #18 W Brandon Yip, #38 D Jack Hillen and #24 W Matt Halischuk
Los Angeles Scratches: #15 W Brad Richardson, #19 W Kevin Westgarth and #44 D Davis Drewiske
Period By Period Summary
- The first 4 minutes of the game was up-tempo, Western Conference type of play. I should probably say it was more like play-off style hockey. 2 shots were taken by each team.
- 6:16 in, Pekka Rinne kicked the puck into his own net after he made a terrible clearing pass behind the net to Justin Williams. That was his second mistake in handling the puck, but this one got him. Justin Williams was accredited with the first goal of the game, 1-0 Kings.
- 9:48 in, Jordin Tootoo went to the box for a very weak "roughing" call on Drew Doughty. Tootoo hit Kyle Clifford off his skates, open ice, being in the way. Clifford was called for interference. This was after Clifford hit Tootoo from behind, no call because its Jordin Tootoo.
- 18:41 in, Andrei Kostitsyn's shot (unlike the brother) was blocked by Rob Scuderi and directed to Patric Hornqvist. Hornqvist shot glove side with Quick moving left to right to score, tied 1-1.
- 18:53 in, the Kings grabbed back the lead 12 seconds later by Justin Williams for his second goal of the game. Another fluky goal was scored on Rinne. Williams' shot was stopped, but as he was skating towards the net for the rebound, the rebound went off Williams' skates in the net. 2-1 Kings.
- 3 seconds left in the period, Trevor Lewis shoved Ryan Ellis into Pekka Rinne. Rinne wasn't too happy and gave Lewis a piece of his mind. Lewis was called for interference and the penalty carried over to the 2nd.
- The First Period ended 2-1 Los Angeles. The shot total was in favor LA, 9-6.
- The Power Play carried over from the first was killed off. But, the Nashville PP was on fire early with great attacks.
- 3:21 in, Nick Spaling was called for . Spaling hit a Kings player from behind, in the slot, without the puck.
- 3:43 in or 22 seconds later, Mike Richards tripped Shea Weber. The game went to 4 on 4 hockey.
- 5:43 in, both penalties were killed off.
- 7:50-8:50 in, Matt Greene hit two Nashville Predators from behind
- 9:16 in, Martin Erat scored high glove side to the left of Jonathan Quick. I am so glad he decided to shoot there because he had all the space in the world. That goal tied the game 2-2.
- 10:12 in, the TV Timeout Standing Ovation roared up. Andrei Kostitsyn and Paul Gaustad had to like that. They have never experienced anything like this.
- 12:21 in, Drew Doughty crashed the slot uncovered and shot blocker side on Rinne to make in 3-2 Kings. The pass was from Jordan Nolan, who had great patience.
- 14:05 in, Sergei Kostitsyn sniped Quick under the right arm. SK74 went one-on-one with a LA defender and shot through him to tie the game up at 3.
- The final 5 minutes died down just a bit. The score at the end of the second was 3-3. The shot total was in favor of Nashville, 16-15.
- 1:15 in, Matt Greene's shot from the point fired past Rinne glove side to make it 4-3 Kings. This goal was bound to happen as Rinne had no stick and was screened by Jarret Stoll.
- 3:00 in, Trevor Lewis scored by picking up a loose puck. Anze Kopitar tried a wrap-around, which didn't work, and the puck was left out for Lewis. That made it 5-3 Kings.
- Pekka Rinne was pulled and Anders Lindback replaced him in net following the Lewis goal.
- 4:27 in, Mike Fisher rang a shot off the cross-bar. The spot-light even went on the net it was that close.
- 6:47 in, Dustin Penner elbowed Ryan Ellis in the head behind the net. Penner swung his right elbow into Ellis' face. Nashville went on the PP.
- 8:47 in, the Penner elbowing penalty was killed off with ease for the Kings. The Predators PP was truly awful.
- 13:19 in, Jordin Tootoo was given a 10 minute misconduct for "punching" a referee. Shampoo elbowed him in the mouth, but that is no excuse. Tootoo and Greene was in a scrap before this started. The penalty did not give LA a Power Play.
- 14:42 in, Patric Hornqvist stole the puck from Willie Mitchell as he fell down, and went one-on-one with Quick. Hornqvist's goal was scored off his skate. Quick's stick deflected the puck over to make it only 5-4 Kings
- 18:55 in, Anders Lindback was sent to the bench for the extra attacker.
- 19:21 in, the Nashville Predators took their Time Out to set up a play.
- The Los Angeles Kings held on to win the game, 5-4. The Kings led the shot total, 28-26.
Justin Williams - Mitchell at 6:16 in the 1st
Patric Hornqvist - A. Kostitsyn and Suter at 18:41 in the 1st
Justin Williams (2) - unassisted at 18:53 in the 1st
Martin Erat - Fisher and Josi at 9:16 in the 2nd
Drew Doughty - Nolan and Fraser at 12:21 in the 2nd
Sergei Kostitsyn - unassisted at 14:05 in the 2nd
Matt Greene - Penner and Lewis at 1:15 in the 3rd
Trevor Lewis - Kopitar and Brown at 3:00 in the 3rd
Patric Hornqvist - A. Kostitsyn and Suter at 14:42 in the 3rd
Ryan Ellis Back
Ryan Ellis was finally back in the line-up wearing a Nashville Predators' jersey. Ellis, who was re-called from Milwaukee February 27 from Milwaukee, came down with the flu. The sickness kept him out and allowed Jack Hillen to get his chance.
Ryan Ellis' last game in the Gold was February 19 against the Dallas Stars where he played only 3:56 in the game. He was pretty much useless that game.
Ryan wasn't playing too good in the first period. He was on the ice during the second Kings' goal, although, he was on the ice for the first Nashville goal. Ellis slipped on one play taking the puck from behind the net. That happens when a player doesn't have his legs fully yet.
Other than that first period, Ellis was pretty much unapparent. He was on the ice for the Sergei Kostitsyn goal in the 2nd and drew a elbowing penalty on Dustin Penner.
All in all, Ryan Ellis had a solid game at defense. I will rate him a B+.
Los Angeles Kings' Players To Watch:
#11 Anze Kopitar
#77 Jeff Carter
#10 Mike Richards
My Three Stars of the Game
1. Patric Hornqvist: 2 Goals
2. Trevor Lewis: Goal & Assist
3. Justin Williams: 2 Goals