Predators Dethrone Kings With Jarnkrok’s Hat Trick

NASHVILLE — Calle Jarnkrok recorded his first career hat trick to lead the Nashville Predators to a 5-3 victory over the Los Angeles Kings on Saturday night.

Kyle Turris and Nick Bonino also scored for Nashville, which snapped a three-game losing streak. Nashville defenceman Ryan Ellis and Roman Josi each had a pair of assists.

Anze Kopitar had a goal and an assist, and Nate Thompson and Alex Iafallo also scored for the Kings, who have lost four of five.

Jarnkrok scored at even strength, on the power play and short-handed, with the short-handed goal being the eventual game-winner at 11:54 of the third period.

Skating into the Kings zone on the left side, Jarnkrok fired a wrist shot over the glove of Los Angeles goaltender Cal Petersen, prompting the sold out Bridgestone Arena crowd to shower the ice with hats.

Nashville Predators center Calle Jarnkrok
Nashville Predators center Calle Jarnkrok (Steve Roberts-USA TODAY Sports)

The teams battled to a scoreless tie through the first period and combined for five goals in a span of 6:57, beginning at 3:18 of the second.

Turris scored the game’s first goal, a rare power-play effort for the Predators.

Standing at the top of the left faceoff circle, Turris received a touch pass from Ellis at the centre of the blue line. Turris’ one-timer through traffic beat Petersen high to the glove side.

Petersen made 38 saves in his second career start.

Nashville entered Saturday with the league’s worst power play, clicking at just over 10 per cent.

Thompson and Kopitar scored 19 seconds apart to take the lead.

Thompson’s goal, his first of the season, came just five seconds after a penalty to Nashville forward Filip Forsberg expired. At the right of Nashville goaltender Pekka Rinne, he found the rebound of Tyler Toffoli’s shot from the point.

On the next shift, Dustin Brown stepped in front of Kevin Fiala to intercept a pass. He then skated toward the Nashville goal and slid a pass to a Kopitar in the slot, and he beat Rinne low to the stick side.

Rinne finished with 25 saves.

Jarnkrok snapped a wrist shot from the high slot over Petersen’s glove at 8:05, but Iafallo found a rebound of a Kopitar shot in the left circle 2:10 later and beat Rinne on the stick side.

Nashville tied it at 3 at 5:44 of the third on Jarnkrok’s second of the night, another power-play goal.

Bonino concluded the scoring with an empty-net goal with just under a minute remaining.

NOTES: Kings D Dion Phaneuf played his 1,000th career game. He was taken ninth overall in the 2003 Entry Draft, which was held in Nashville. . The Predators scored two power-play goals in a game for just the second time this season.



Kings: Visit St. Louis on Monday.

Predators: Host Tampa Bay on Monday.


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Jim Diamond, The Associated Press