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Kopitar scores winner in shootout, lifts Kings over Nashville 2-1

  • Nashville Predators defenseman Shea Weber (6) clears Los Angeles Kings right wing Dustin Brown, left, from in front of the net in the first period of an NHL hockey game Thursday, Oct. 17, 2013, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

    Nashville Predators defenseman Shea Weber (6) clears Los Angeles Kings right wing Dustin Brown, left, from in front of the net in the first period of an NHL hockey game Thursday, Oct. 17, 2013, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)  (The Associated Press)

  • Los Angeles Kings defenseman Willie Mitchell (33) and Nashville Predators forward Eric Nystrom (24) watch as the puck is deflected past them in the first period of an NHL hockey game Thursday, Oct. 17, 2013, in Nashville, Tenn. Kings goalie Jonathan Quick (32) guards the net. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

    Los Angeles Kings defenseman Willie Mitchell (33) and Nashville Predators forward Eric Nystrom (24) watch as the puck is deflected past them in the first period of an NHL hockey game Thursday, Oct. 17, 2013, in Nashville, Tenn. Kings goalie Jonathan Quick (32) guards the net. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)  (The Associated Press)

  • Los Angeles Kings goalie Jonathan Quick blocks a shot against the Nashville Predators in the second period of an NHL hockey game Thursday, Oct. 17, 2013, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

    Los Angeles Kings goalie Jonathan Quick blocks a shot against the Nashville Predators in the second period of an NHL hockey game Thursday, Oct. 17, 2013, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)  (The Associated Press)

Anze Kopitar scored the only goal of the shootout, lifting the Los Angeles Kings to a 2-1 win over the Nashville Predators on Thursday night.

Slava Voynov scored for the Kings, who have won four of five.

Kopitar skated down the right side and elevated a backhand over the left shoulder of Nashville goaltender Pekka Rinne.

Matt Cullen scored his first goal with the Predators at 10:33 of the opening period for the early lead. Nashville finished a five-game homestand 3-2.