Goalie Anders Lindback made his first start of the season, but leading scorer David Legwand failed to finish as the Nashville Predators lost 4-3 to the Los Angeles Kings on Tuesday at the Staples Center.
Patric Hornqvist scored with 1:21 to play, with Lindback on the bench, but the Predators failed to get the equalizer despite a 14-4 edge in shots during the final period. With the goal, Hornqvist equaled the franchise record of at least one in six straight games.
Legwand was knocked to the ice by a big hit on his fifth shift and did not return. The official word from the team was that he had an upper body injury.
The first draft pick in franchise history had 14 points (five goals, nine assists) and a plus-5 rating, tops among all Nashville forwards, through the first 13 games. He scored the game-winner in overtime Saturday, when the Predators overcame a two-goal deficit in the third period and defeated San Jose 4-3.
Los Angeles, winless in its previous five, jumped to an early 2-0 advantage against Lindback, who made just one relief appearance prior to this contest.
Nashville pulled even before the end of a penalty-filled first period as Matt Halischuk scored with the teams playing four skaters aside and Craig Smith converted with 17 seconds to go on a power play. Smith’s goal was his fifth of the season, which tied him with Legwand for second on the team behind Honrqvist, who has scored all seven of his during his current streak.
Lindback, whose last start was back on March 20, made 26 saves. The Kings went ahead to stay with a pair of second-period goals 3:05 apart. Four different players scored, and Dustin Penner, Jarret Stoll and Justin Williams each had two assists.
Nashville concludes a stretch of five straight away games Wednesday at Anaheim (9 p.m., Fox Sports-Tennessee).