Preds top Kings in OT

Curtis Zupke, Los Angeles Times on

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Miikka Salomaki raced to catch a length-of-ice lob pass from Yannick Weber and lifted the puck past Kuemper. Then P.K. Subban's soft wrist shot from the right side took a bounce through Jake Muzzin and Kuemper on its way to the net.

Craig Smith gave the Predators a 3-0 lead early in the second period on a shot past Kuemper's glove. Filip Forsberg slipped a pass to Smith streaking down the left side in one of the prettier plays of the game that muted the announced crowd of 18,230 fans.

Before the puck dropped, those same fans and the Kings were smiling on the bench upon listening to Dave "Tiger" Williams in a pre-game tribute for the NHL's all-time leader in penalty minutes.

"Get rid of these ... rules and get back to old-time hockey," Williams said to the players when asked if his record will ever be broken.

Williams was obliged with two fights in the first seven minutes. MacDermid laid a big hit on Calle Jarnkrok and therefore was summoned to fight Cody McLeod in a heavyweight tilt that wasn't much of one. It was MacDermid's first regular season fight for the Kings, an aspect he's evolved away from in what Kings assistant general manager Mike Futa called "one of the best development stories ever."

The Kings signed the undrafted MacDermid in 2013 and he was among the leaders in penalty minutes in the Ontario Hockey League and American Hockey League. But he put in the work to learn his position, with help from former Kings defenseman Sean O' Donnell, who took MacDermid aside this summer and taught him to think the game differently.


Kings coach John Stevens has trusted MacDermid in various situations, including the second unit power play unit. Stevens also mixes up his defense pairs, so there are instances when MacDermid plays with Norris Trophy winner Drew Doughty.

"It's been an awesome experience," MacDermid said. "I'm very honored to be here. It's just taking it day by day and coming in and working hard as possible and getting better every day. That's been my motto for a long time now, and I'm going to keep doing that."

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