The meager number of shots Jeff Carter and the rest of the Los Angeles Kings sent toward Nashville goaltender Pekka Rinne wasn't much of an issue. Rinne's inability to stop the puck once the Kings got their offense going in the third period certainly was.
Carter completed his fifth career hat trick with two goals in a 19-second span of the final period, and the defending Stanley Cup champions beat the Nashville Predators 5-1 Monday night despite taking only 16 shots on net.
''We probably would have had a lot more on net if we got pucks past their D and to the net, but they do a great job of blocking shots,'' said Carter, who has 10 goals over his last 10 games. ''It's pretty easy to get frustrated when they're stepping in front of everything and we're not getting much to the net. We didn't start the game particularly well, but to our credit, we didn't get frustrated. We stuck with it and played some pretty good hockey in the third period.''
The Predators, who tied a season high f...