Originally posted on Inside Smashville  |  Last updated 2/28/12

The Nashville Predators beat the Los Angeles Kings 2-1 at Bridgestone Arena on Monday night, ending their four-game homestand with a 3-0-1 record and are now 10-0-2 in their last 12 home games.

David Legwand says a successful homestand was essential for the Predators with home games now at a premium for the remainder of the season. “That’s a big thing with our home games starting to run out here. We’ve got to be winning and we’ve been doing that at home. That’s a positive thing for us winning at home,” he said.

The first star of the game, Legwand set up both of Nashville’s goals. It was the 100th multi-point game of Legwand’s career. Legwand is behind only Martin Erat’s 102 multi-point games for the franchise record.

After the game, Predators head coach Barry Trotz remembered Legwand’s growth through the years, both as a player and as an individual.

“He was our first pick. When we had a lot weaker teams, Legwand was a young guy who wasn’t protected. He always had to stand on his own, just because we couldn’t protect him with veteran players of high level. He has had to learn on his own. He has had to manage to play top guys against in the League year in and year out. He is one of our core players,” Trotz said.

Legwand has made an appearance in every season for Nashville, playing in the final game of the year in 1998-1999, the Predators inaugural season, before becoming a roster regular the following season.

“I watched him as a young man who came in here very unworldly grow into a man who has a family and children and is one of the veteran players on our team. That’s sort of nice. You don’t see that in sports too often,” Trotz said.

The Predators took a 1-0 lead late in the first period when Roman Josi scored his fourth goal of the season. Patric Hornqvist added to the lead just 3:52 into the second period with his 18th goal of the year. Nashville dominated much of the play during the first period and early part of the middle frame before Los Angeles made a push to get back into the game.

Legwand says it was nice to grab a lead and maintain it. “It is good to lead start to finish and do those types of things. We wanted to come out here and play good and be strong. The two points were big for us,” he said, adding, “It obviously got a little closer than we wanted there at the end but it’s good to get the two points. We did the things we needed to do to win the hockey game and that’s all that matters.”

Nashville plays again tomorrow in Carolina where Andrei Kostitsyn and Paul Gaustad will make their debut for the Predators. Anders Lindback will be in net for Nashville.

 

 

Photo credit: Getty Images

GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Bryce Harper 'squashed' beef with Jonathan Papelbon

WWE has record revenue despite perceived troubles

CC Sabathia declares himself ‘ready to go’ after alcohol rehab

Report: Suns still want to deal Morris before trade deadline

Report: Celtics could offer best deal for Dwight Howard

Hawks 'taking phone calls about everybody on the roster'

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Philly mayor calls LeSean McCoy ‘cowardly'

Report: Price might not return this season due to knee injury

Matt Forte confirms he won’t be returning to Bears

Cardinals GM: ‘No doubt’ team wants Mathieu as fixture

Charles Barkley on Stephen Curry: ‘He’s just a great shooter’

Louisiana governor warns that LSU football could be cut

Five reasons Oregon will be the sexiest team in March Madness

Was Derek Fisher involved with girlfriend of former Knick?

Steven Stamkos unforthcoming on his no-move clause

Antonio Cromartie's wife is 'definitely' getting her tubes tied

Ciara: It’s getting harder to stay abstinent with Russell Wilson

The top five millennial NBA All-Star moments

Cam Newton sends message with ‘I win my way’ shirt

26% of Denver students skipped school for Broncos parade

Eight surprises, letdowns entering NBA All-Star break

Chris Harris: Von Miller should get paid more than JJ Watt

4 likeliest Dwight Howard trade scenarios

On Kobe Bryant and taking greatness for granted

Penn State the latest to offer generic football jerseys for sale

NHL News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

On Kobe Bryant and taking greatness for granted

Bucks need to choose between wins, development

Fantasy booking WrestleMania 32

Unrestricted free agents each team must consider re-signing

QUIZ: Name the winners of the NBA Slam Dunk Contest

Thank you Daniel Bryan

The timeless greatness of Jaromir Jagr

The NCAAB power rankings

Report: Kings to keep coach George Karl

Was Alain Vigneault right about NHL's lack of punishment towards Wayne Simmonds?

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker