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Los Angeles Kings Fall 3-2 in Last Game of the Series Against the Nashville Predators

December 28th, 2013 at 8:19 PM
By Suzanna Bezyan

Los Angeles Kings had a heart-breaking loss, 3-2, against the Nashville Predators at Bridgestone Center on Saturday.

The series ended between the two teams, Predators winning two, Kings one.

Predators had five power play opportunities only scoring on one as the Kings defense was on point again. One of the Kings penalty kill was a 5-on-3 opportunity for the Predators. All seven defenseman were dressed for the game and Willie Mitchell made his return after being out five games for a upper-body injury.

The Kings had two power play opportunities and scored on one. The Kings offense created opportunities but the Nashville was quick to create a turn-around. Kings captain Dustin Brown had also returned to the line-up after missing Monday’s game because he was ill.

In the first period the Predators got the first goal. In the second period, Anze Kopitar tied the game with a power play goal assisted by Slava Voynov and Drew Doughty.

The third period the Predators took the lead again with less than four minutes left in the game. With 37 seconds left in the game Jeff Carter tied the game assisted by Anze Kopitar and Dwight King. At that point everyone thought the game would be going into overtime when the Predators took a shot and the referee called a goal. Goaltender Ben Scrivens was not happy with the call and the goal got reviewed. The call on the ice stood even though it seemed as the though the puck did not 100-percent pass the red line, allowing the Predators to take the win.

Scrivens has 1.76 Goals Against Average,.938 Save Percentage, and three Shutouts.

The Kings are now in 39 games, 29-10-4, third place in the Pacific Division, fifth in the Western Conference and seventh in the League.

The Kings continue their four game road trip, with their second stop being the Chicago Blackhawks on Monday, 5:00 p.m. at United Center.

Tags: Anze Kopitar, Ben Scrivens, Hockey, Jeff Carter, Los Angeles, Los Angeles Kings, Nashville Predators, NHL, Willie Mitchell

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