Preds top Kings in OT

Curtis Zupke, Los Angeles Times on

Published in Hockey

LOS ANGELES--The numbers didn't appear to compute for the Los Angeles Kings.

They started Darcy Kuemper, who won three out of four previous matchups against the Nashville Predators, with one shutout, in favor of Jonathan Quick and his 5-8-2 career record against them. But that backfired early.

They prepared for the unorthodox 1-1-3 attack by Nashville. But that adjustment didn't go well at first.

And the Kings' shiny home record looked like it would take its first real smudge when they were down by three goals going into the third period Saturday at Staples Center.

But the Kings rallied mightily and settled for a 4-3 overtime loss in a crazy tilt that ended when Viktor Arvidsson scored on a breakaway with 20 seconds remaining.

The Kings, who still have not taken a regulation home loss (5-0-2), stormed back from 3-0 down with goals by Alex Iafallo, his first in the NHL, and Christian Folin, his first with the Kings, in the opening six minutes of the third period, and tied it on Alec Martinez's power play goal.

Iafallo took a pass from Anze Kopitar and scored on an open net in transition. It was an ironically easy goal considering the countless chances the talented winger has seen earlier this season. He is the third Kings player to get his first NHL goal this season, after Kurtis MacDermid and Michael Amadio.

Folin's score was part smarts and part poor-decision making by Predators backup goalie Juuse 1/8cq3/8 Saros. Folin faked a dump-in inside the red line but shot it on net. Saros moved to his left in anticipation. He stuck his stick out to stop the shot but the puck ramped off it and in to make it 3-2.

It was the break the Kings sought after an atypical first 40 minutes.

Kuemper and his teammates allowed two goals on the first three shots and chased the game through two periods. Two Kings power plays to start the game went for naught and Nashville, which beat the Ducks on Friday night, took the game from there with two goals in 54 seconds in the first period.


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