LOS ANGELES — Darcy Hordichuk ignited a three-goal surge in the first period, J.P. Dumont scored in his sixth straight game and Chris Mason stopped all 28 shots he faced, as the Nashville Predators destroyed the Los Angeles Kings, 7-0, at Staples Center.
Jason Arnott and David Legwand also scored in the first period while Scott Nichol, Martin Erat and Jed Ortmeyer all added a goal for the Predators, who have won four of their last five games. Mason faced only five shots in the first period, was stellar in the second with 14 saves and turned aside all nine shots he faced in the final stanza for his 10th career shutout.
Jason LaBarbera was pulled after he allowed the three early goals on just seven shots for the Kings, who have dropped three straight. Los Angeles had won three consecutive contests following its eight-game skid in late December, but has now fallen on hard times again in the midst of this current six-game homestand. Jean-Sebastian Aubin made 18 saves in relief.
Nashville broke the game wide open with a three-goal flurry within a 1:15 span — which set a club record for the fastest three goals in a game — in the early stages of the first period.
“Our guys did a good job for me,” said Mason. “They gave me a clear view of the shots, and it helped to get out to the big lead.”
“We lost (the last time we played) here 6-0, so tonight was payback,” Dumont added.