Los Angeles, which was plagued by inconsistency through the first two months, has begun to put things together in December. After opening the month with a 4-1 loss at St. Louis, the Kings have earned points in five consecutive games (3-0-0-2), including Thursday’s 4-1 triumph at Nashville.
Zigmund Palffy had two goals and an assist as Los Angeles rebounded nicely from a pair of disappointing overtime losses.
“We regrouped and played well,” Palffy said. “One of the keys for us is that we have to play consistent. One of things we have to remember is that if you are working hard on the ice, you are going to get chances.”
Kings goalie Roman Cechmanek was forced to leave Thursday’s game in the first period with a hip injury after a collision with Nashville’s David Legwand, but Cristobal Huet stepped right in and stopped 29 of 30 shots.
“I was just out there trying to stop the puck,” Cechmanek said. “Everything just happened so fast. After the first couple of seconds while I was on my back on the ice, I was scared. But eventually I started feeling better.”
The Kings aren’t taking any chances as they immediately recalled goalie Milan Hnilicka from the minor leagues to help fill in for Cechmanek.
Acquired from Atlanta in the offseason, Hnilicka was 3-5 in eight games with Manchester of the AHL with a 2.72 goals-against average and .897 save percentage.
Doug Weight scored with 8.7 seconds left in overtime to give the Blues a 3-2 victory at Columbus on Friday. Jamal Mayers and Keith Tkachuk also scored for the Blues, who ran their unbeaten streak to five (4-0-1) and moved within one point of first-place Detroit in the Central Division.
Tkachuk extended his points streak to five games, during which he has three goals and four assists, for St. Louis, which boasts a 12-2-1 mark when scoring first this season.
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