NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — J.P. Dumont, Jason Arnott, Marcel Goc and Jerred Smithson scored, and Pekka Rinne made 20 saves in the Nashville Predators' 4-2 victory over the Los Angeles Kings on Thursday night.
The victory was Nashville's sixth consecutive over Los Angeles, which had won 11 of its previous 13 games. Martin Erat had two assists for the Predators.
Alexander Frolov and Drew Doughty scored for Los Angeles.
Frolov scored opened the scoring 54 seconds into the game.
Jarret Stoll won a faceoff against Nashville's Goc. Frolov picked up the puck, split a pair of Predators and beat Rinne with a backhander to the stick side.
Dumont tied it for Nashville at 4:32 of the first.
Steve Sullivan shot the puck into the Los Angeles zone on the left side. As the puck rimmed around the boards, Quick left his crease to play the puck behind the goal. The puck caromed off Quick's stick and landed right in front of the vacated net, where Dumont had an easy tap-in for his 12th goal of the season.
Arnott struck at 13:09 of the second. From behind the Nashville goal, Erat slid a pass through the crease to Arnott on the left side and his one-timer beat Quick on the short side.
Goc gave Nashville a 3-1 lead at 2:30. In the left corner of the Los Angeles zone, Erat found Goc in the low slot with a blind backhand pass. Goc's wrist shot beat Quick on the stick side.
Doughty pulled the Kings within one at 6:40 of the third on a power play.
With Los Angeles on a 4-on-3 advantage, Anze Kopitar's pass from the right side deflected off of Ryan Smyth in front of the goal and found Doughty all alone on the left side. Smyth's assist was his 700th career NHL point.
Smithson's empty-net goal at 19:06 concluded the scoring.
NOTES: Nashville C Dustin Boyd, acquired in a trade from Calgary on Wednesday, will join the team Friday in Detroit ... Erat has 11 points in his last six games against Los Angeles.