Patric Hornqvist added to his team-leading totals for goals (26) and game-winning goals (eight) when he scored with 3:31 to play Sunday, and helped the Nashville Predators maintain their recent mastery of the Los Angeles Kings with a 3-2 victory in Los Angeles.
It was Nashville’s seventh straight triumph against Los Angeles and its fifth in a row at the Staples Center.
With the victory, the Predators won for the third time on their four-game road trip – all three wins were by one goal – and protected their place in the Western Conference standings.
They started the day in seventh place in the Western Conference standings, one point in front of eight-place Detroit and two points ahead of Calgary. Both teams had a game in hand versus Nashville.
The Flames were scheduled to play later Sunday.
Hornqvist scored when he converted a rebound chance after he had deflected a shot on net and broke a tie that had stood since the teams traded goals 39 seconds apart earlier in the third.
Colin Wilson scored his sixth of the season – his third in the past four games – at 6:35 of the third period on the first shift after Dustin Brown had given the Kings a 2-1 lead.
That offensively flurry came after an extended stalemate, which had existed since Los Angeles’ Anze Kopitar made it 1-1 with 11:04 to play in the first period.
Steve Sullivan had given the Predators the early lead when he scored 4:42 into the contest. It was Sullivan’s first goal in 11 games. Ryan Suter had the secondary assist and extended his current point streak to five games (one goal, four assists).
Nashville will play six of its next seven at home, beginning Tuesday against Philadelphia (7 p.m., Fox Sports-Tennessee).