Predators let Kings pull away in third period, lose second straight

Sunday, March 18, 2012 at 1:10am
Staff reports

Martin Erat scored his fourth goal in six games, but the Nashville Predators got little else in a 4-2 loss to the Los Angeles Kings on Saturday at Los Angeles.

The Kings pulled away with three third-period goals and outshot the Predators 27-21 for the contest. They also won for the third time in four meetings with Nashville this season.

Mike Fisher got one back with 2:42 remaining. It was his 22nd of the season, which moved him back into a tie with Patric Hornqvist foe the team lead.

Erat tied it 1-1 when he scored on the power play at 13:43 of the second period. It was his 18th of the season, which is one more than he had in all of 2010-11, and raised his team-high point total to 54.

Dustin Penner’s goal at 8:04 of the third period put Los Angeles back in front more good. A little more than eight minutes later the lead was three goals.

Through three games of the current four-game road trip, which concludes Sunday at Anaheim (7 p.m., Fox Sports-Tennessee), Erat has five points (two goals, three assists).

The Predators have lost their last two, their first back-to-back defeats in more than a month. This was their first loss by more than a goal since a 3-0 loss to the Rangers in New York on Jan. 17.

Nashville also lost a point to Detroit in the Western Conference standings. The Red Wings lost Saturday at San Jose but still earned one point because that game went to overtime.

1 Comment on this post:

By: sharko20 on 3/18/12 at 9:03

Hey Preds - You're a better team than that display last night. Slow starts are a killer. Just ask Vandy.