The Los Angeles Kings beat the Nashville Predators last night with a final score of 4-2. It seems the Kings had the luck of the Irish with them on this St. Patrick’s day game. While I was out celebrating, I had to ask the bartenders multiple times to put on the game. The game was finally turned on, but on a small screen near the back that I could barely see, and it didn’t stay on for long. So I guess the luck wasn’t on my side for getting to watch the game live. I had to resort to checking updates on my phone periodically throughout the night.
Kings’ goalie Jonathan Bernier got the start in the game last night instead of the usual starting goalie, Jonathan Quick. The Predators had their starting goalie Pekka Rinne in goal. The Los Angeles Kings got off to a strong start in the first period with a goal from Assistant Captain Anze Kopitar about eight minutes in. Dustin Penner and Trevor Lewis were credited with the assists for the only goal of this period.
Nashville tied up the game in the second period on a power-play with a goal from Martin Erat. This was the only goal from either team in the second period. During the third period, the Kings once again got ahold of the lead with a goal from Dustin Penner. Trevor Lewis had a nice pass to Penner earning him his second assist of the night. Rob Scuderi also had an assist. The Kings further increased their lead with a goal from Dwight King and a nice pass made by Jeff Carter. This goal gave Los Angeles a 3-1 lead. Just a few minutes later, the Kings made it a 4-1 lead with a goal from Kyle Clifford and assists from Jordan Nolan and Drew Doughty. A three goal lead can be very comforting in the last few minutes of a game because you can relax and enjoy it without worrying about overtime. The Predators did not back down though. Nashville’s Mike Fisher scored with a little less than three minutes remaining giving the Predators a two goal deficit. However, the Predators weren’t able to get any more goals past Bernier and the Kings won with a final score of 4-2. So cheers to a Kings win and getting to celebrate with green beer!