Predators 3, Kings 2

Bucky Dent, The Sports Xchange
The SportsXchange

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Mike Fisher lifted the Nashville Predators to a dramatic victory Saturday night.
The veteran center scored twice in the last 3:18, including the game-winner at 19:33, as Nashville snapped its second five-game losing streak in a month with a 3-2 verdict over the Los Angeles Kings at sold-out Bridgestone Arena.
After Los Angeles center Jeff Carter snapped a one-timer past goaltender Marek Mazanec at 19:23 for his 12th goal, Fisher took a centering pass from center Colin Wilson and wristed a shot that caromed off goalie Ben Scrivens and trickled just over the goal line.
The goal survived a video review and the Predators (17-18-4) had just their fourth win of December. The Kings (25-10-4) lost their second straight game.
Fisher took advantage of a bad line change to tally a power-play goal at 16:42 of the third period that snapped a 1-1 tie.
Skating unmolested into the high slot after gathering the puck in the neutral zone, Fisher rifled a 37-foot slap shot past the stick side of Scrivens.
Nashville scored first in a game for the first time since beating San Jose 3-2 on Dec. 14. Right wing Patric Hornqvist corralled the rebound of a shot by Fisher and swatted a backhander past Scrivens at 14:42 of the first period.
It was the eighth goal for Hornqvist and his first since Dec. 12. Rookie defenseman Seth Jones drew the second assist.
Los Angeles center Anze Kopitar evened the game at 1-1 when he whipped a 30-foot wrist shot over the right (glove) hand of Mazanec at 7:05 of the second period. Kopitar's 12th goal came 53 seconds after Predators center Paul Gaustad was sent off for tripping defenseman Slava Voynov.
Nashville earned nearly three minutes of power-play time shortly after Kopitar's goal, including 47 seconds of 5-on-3 action, after defensemen Jake Muzzin and Matt Greene took minors.
But the Kings' penalty killers limited the Predators to only two shots on net to keep the game even. It was the first time in five 5-on-3 advantages this season that Nashville failed to score.
Mazanec finished with 26 saves and Scrivens notched 28.
NOTES: Nashville D Shea Weber logged a regular-season career high of 32:23 ice time in Friday night's 4-1 loss in Dallas. Weber's previous high was 31:43, set Oct. 24 in an overtime win over Winnipeg. ... Los Angeles D Willie Mitchell and LW Dustin Brown dressed and started despite suffering from illness. ... The game matched the top two teams in the league in terms of faceoff win percentage. The Kings are first at 54.3 percent and the Predators are at 54.0. ... Los Angeles G Martin Jones got the night off after taking his first loss on Monday night against Dallas. Jones had won his first eight starts to tie a league record for consecutive wins to open a career.

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