Predators dethrone Kings in shootout

Fri Feb 1, 2013 3:26am EST
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By Mark Lamport-Stokes

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The struggling Nashville Predators snapped a three-game losing streak when they upset the Stanley Cup champion Los Angeles Kings with a nerve-jangling 2-1 shootout victory on Thursday.

Despite being outshot 22-11 in regulation, the Predators kept coming up with crucial blocks to stay alive before left wing Sergei Kostitsyn scored the decisive goal in the eighth round of a tense shootout.

Nashville improved to 2-2-3 for the season while the Kings, bidding for a third straight win in front of a sellout crowd of 18,118 at the Staples Center, slipped to 2-2-2.

"I think that we would have been mentally scarred if we wouldn't have won that one," Nashville head coach Barry Trotz told reporters. "We were in four shootouts and we were 0-for-3.

"Obviously tonight we got a couple of goals which was good. We're trying to get a little bit of an order in our game and I don't think we hit stride at all. You have to find ways to get points."

Kings head coach Darryl Sutter was frustrated after his team had been outblocked on the night 24-8.

"I'd like to score more than one goal," Sutter said. "They (Nashville) are strong up the middle. They've got veterans in the back and they have a good goalie. They don't give you much.

"It just comes down to we're still not getting that goal from the players we need to count on to score that goal."   Continued...