Two struggling teams fought well into the night in order to decide this one.
The Los Angeles Kings were 2-2-1 coming into the night while the Nashville Predators had only won once in their six games. Something had to give.
With 18,118 inside Staples Center looking on, Pekka Rinne got his first victory of the 2012-13 season in the Preds’ 2-1 shootout victory.
Rinne collected 23 saves during regulation and is now 1-2-3 on the year.
Just a minute into the contest — and right off the face-off — Brandon Yip fired a rising shot that tucked itself under the crossbar to give Nashville the 1-0 lead. David Legwand won the draw back to Gabriel Bourque who then tapped it to Yip who tallied for his second of the year.
The Kings would tie it up in the waning moments of the first, however. Drew Doughty rocketed a shot from the point that went over the net. With the trajectory of the initial shot, Rinne thought the puck went off the glass behind him and toward the corner. Instead, the puck caromed ...