Similar to the first meeting of the season between the two teams, when Nashville forward Brandon Yip scored 58 seconds into the game last week, Gabriel Bourque scored the first and only goal the Predators would need on Thursday just 2 minutes and 54 seconds after the opening puck was dropped.
Center Colin Wilson would add two more goals in the second period, leading the Predators to their fourth straight win overall.
Nashville goalie Pekka Rinne would do the rest, stopping all 32 shots he faced on the night, earning his first shutout of the season and 26th if his career. The 30-year-old Finnish goalie is having another solid season so far, posting a 1.81 goals against average, and a .933 save percentage through nine games in 2013.
On the other side, Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick has been inconsistent up to this point in the season, allowing another three goals Thursday on just 14 total shots. The reigning Conn Smythe Trophy winner underwent a surgical procedure on his back during the summer and hasn't looked the same early in the season.
With the loss, the Kings dropped to 3-4-2 on the season, while the Predators improved their record to 5-2-3.
If Los Angeles wants to have any shot at making the playoffs and defending the Stanley Cup, they will have to turn things around quickly. During a lockout-shortened 48-game season, there isn't much room for error, and teams will have a tougher time trying to withstand any sort of lengthy losing streak. At the moment, the Kings sit in last place in the Pacific Division, seven points behind the first-place San Jose Sharks and Anaheim Ducks.
The Kings' next stop on the road trip will be in Detroit where they will face the Red Wings at 9:30 AM PST.Tags: Brandon Yip, Colin Wilson, Gabriel Bourque, Hockey, Jonathan Quick, Los Angeles, Los Angeles Kings, Nashville Predators, NHL
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